For 20 years, Outward Bound Costa Rica has collaborated with groups and individuals to create customized, life-changing learning experiences designed to meet specific goals and objectives. We believe the unfamiliar environment—whether it’s trekking through dense rainforest, rappelling an 80-foot waterfall, or immersing in a new language—is the most effective, exciting, and engaging classroom. At Outward Bound Costa Rica, your experience abroad is more than just a trip. It is an expedition that fosters self-discovery, cultural competency, confident leadership, and lifelong learning.
Outward Bound Costa Rica offers Group Programs across four platforms: Spanish language and culture, leadership development, service learning and other groups.
START DESIGNING YOUR GROUP COURSE
Our experienced staff will work side-by-side with you to ensure the safety and enrichment of participants as they experience Costa Rica’s wildlife, rivers, beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, and unique culture.
To begin building your customized Group Program, review our Sample Itineraries for inspiration and examples of what we have to offer. Then, tell us more about what you are looking for by filling out an inquiry.
We will contact you with more information on how to start designing your group course!
Contact our Group Programs & Partnerships Manager Kate Burke by calling 800-676-2018 or emailing Custom@OutwardBoundCR.org.
SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE
SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE
Spanish language and culture courses are the core of our organization, revealing a Costa Rica that most will never have the opportunity to experience. Activities range from trekking through remote rainforest with local guides and practicing language skills to making traditional meals alongside homestay families and contributing to sustainable living and conservation efforts.
Leadership development courses facilitate experiences that encourage personal growth and team building for outdoor educators, sports teams, and peer leaders alike. Opportunities range from earning up to seven internationally-recognized outdoor certifications, learning and practicing new interpersonal communication skills, and expanding on personal strengths to develop individual leadership styles.
Service learning courses foster mutually beneficial experiences that foster communication, awareness, and tolerance among different cultures. Past service projects have included painting or small-scale construction of schools and community centers, installing or maintaining drinking water systems, and sea turtle or other conservation projects.
If your friends, family, troop, or team is looking for a completely unique experience, Outward Bound Costa Rica can collaborate with you to create a course that meets your goals and objectives.
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HEALTH & MEDICATIONS
We only require an up to date tetanus vaccination for course participation. There are no required inoculations to enter Costa Rica, but, we encourage students to check with their physician for recommendations of optional inoculations and health precautions. Most young people in normal health and physical condition can successfully complete an Outward Bound Costa Rica course.LEARN MORE »
FOOD, WATER & SPECIAL DIETS
We are able to accommodate a variety of dietary requirements including vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose intolerance and nut allergies. In most areas of Costa Rica, it safe to drink water directly from the tap. While on course, students are directed to safe water sources by their instructors. Some students opt to treat all water during international travel.LEARN MORE »
We have compiled comprehensive packing lists for each course, which are listed under the course description and also emailed to a student once he/she has enrolled. A common misconception about Costa Rica is that it is always hot. Many course regions are almost one mile above sea level, where it can get quite chilly at night. Students will likely encounter rain showers while on course, even during Costa Rica’s dry season.LEARN MORE »
TUITION & FEES
Tuition includes all room and board, technical gear, course activities, and in-country transportation. Airfare to/from Costa Rica is not included in the listed tuition cost, nor are personal supplies and equipment (including surfboards for advanced surfers).
We accept tuition payments by credit card, check, or wire transfer. Full payment is due 30 days prior to course start.LEARN MORE »
TRAVELING TO COSTA RICA
Students must book travel dates to coincide with the start and end dates listed for their course session(s) and fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (Airport Code: SJO). We recommend scheduling an arrival time prior to 2pm as course activities usually begin early the following day.
Our staff welcome students upon arrival. We use our own private transportation to shuttle to and from the airport on arrival and departure days.LEARN MORE »