Cultural Immersion

AT A GLANCE

Discover your hidden capabilities as you explore Costa Rica’s exotic rainforest, immerse yourself in rich Tico culture and experience high adventure on some of the world’s best rivers and beaches.

Course Highlights:

  • Experience remote Costa Rican rainforest lifestyle
  • Practice your Spanish skills as you immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture with local family homestays
  • Challenge yourself with a waterfall rappel and whitewater rafting

Potential Activities:

  • Rainforest Trekking
  • Village Homestays
  • Traditional Farming
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Canopy Zipline
  • Surfing
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Community Service Project

Course Regions:

Costa Rica (San Jose, Cartago, Puntarenas, and Guanacaste Provinces)


Discover diverse rainforest habitats as you trek alongside knowledgeable, certified Outward Bound Costa Rica Instructors. Master new skills while passing through rivers and setting up camp. Suddenly, waterfalls and vistas become your backyard. Develop your leadership style as you encourage your group to tackle dynamic hiking terrain and rainforest weather. Work as a team to confront group challenges and learn how to become self-sufficient on the beautiful trail.

Gain cross-cultural understanding as you immerse yourself in the Spanish language and traditional Costa Rican culture. Engage with multiple host families in homestays along the rural Costa Rican countryside. Learn about sustainable living alongside local families as you harvest local crops, and make cheese and homemade tortillas for traditional meals. Step outside your comfort zone as you challenge yourself with an 80-foot jungle waterfall rappel!

Reward your hard work with high-adventure whitewater rafting on class II-IV rapids! Learn the way of the river and practice guiding your group members.

Surf, body board or explore Manuel Antonio National Park, consistently rated one of the ten most beautiful tropical beaches in the world.

Soar above the trees on a thrilling canopy tour, visit the cultural sites of Cartago or take in the stunning views from Irazú Volcano at sunrise. Engage with community members as you complete a local need-based service project.


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“I learned how good it felt to make a difference to people and the world. I understood patience, learned letting go, and found happiness.”

– Shelly, 15 –

“Being a part of this experience has been life changing—learning about myself, my students, our guides, the country, nature, language, culture… It was all amazing.”

– Group Organizer Wahnee, 38 –

“This course inspired me to step out of my comfort zone, to try new things, to be open, and to be positive about everything. I now have the confidence I need to succeed and do well.”

– Vannie, 18, University of Washington –

“I loved how the program kept us away from tourist sites, kept us speaking Spanish, eating Costa Rican food, and put us in touch with local people.”

– Betsy, troop leader, California –

“Exploring and experiencing the culture and beauty of Costa Rica is something I will always remember.”

– Shelby, 15 –