Service Adventure

AT A GLANCE

Step out of your comfort zone and into the indigenous villages of Costa Rica and Panama as you engage in community service projects. Contribute to conservation efforts of endangered sea turtles or reforestation.

Course Highlights:

  • Gain cross-cultural understanding and communication skills as you immerse yourself in local communities
  • Contribute valuable service in remote environments
  • Challenge yourself and develop leadership skills through outdoor adventures such as whitewater rafting or surfing

Potential activities:

  • Sea Turtle Conservation
  • Spanish Language Practice
  • Snorkeling
  • Sea Kayaking
  • National Park Exploration
  • Surfing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Canopy Zipline

Be a catalyst for change. Participate in meaningful service projects with rural communities such as painting schools, building classrooms and maintaining or creating new water systems. Discover your leadership style and how to utilize your strengths for a positive impact. Practice giving and receiving feedback with group members to help each other succeed.

Engage with locals and gain cross-cultural perspective. How is life in Central American communities different than at home? Discover lessons you will take home with you and use in daily life. Gain global perspective as instructors facilitate activities to encourage understanding and transference. Learn in a classroom without walls as you explore the region’s beauty with activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking to service projects in Panama’s warm waters or exploring pristine tropical reefs and mangroves. Gain an understanding for the local people’s relationship with the environment.

Help conservation efforts as you learn alongside biologists about the local sea turtle populations and conservation strategies in beautiful San San Pond Sak, Panama. Reflect on your experiences, connections and the difference you have made through facilitated group discussions. Collaborate with your group about how you can take your experience home and inspire change in your home community.


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“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 –

“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 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 –