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Coast to Coast Expedition Semester in Costa Rica & Panama

Trek from the Caribbean to the Pacific on this cross-country expedition! Our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester includes an immersive 26-day journey on foot through Costa...

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Outdoor Leader Semester in Costa Rica & Panama

Train to be an outdoor professional and gain important leadership skills! With our Leadership Semester, you will learn to set up belay systems, organize rescues, provide

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Costa Rica

Group Programs in Costa Rica & Panama

For more than 20 years, Outward Bound Costa Rica has collaborated with groups and individuals to create customized, life-changing learning experiences designed to meet specific...

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Costa Rica

2 Week Expedition in Costa Rica & Panama

Trek your way across the heart of Costa Rica’s lush rainforest backcountry or swim among the coral reefs of Panama’s warm waters in a two-week course through tropical...

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3 Week Summer Expedition in Costa Rica & Panama

Combine the thrill of one of our adventurous two-week expeditions with a week of catching waves on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica! Our three-week expedition includes...

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River to Sea semester

Gain outdoor training while developing leadership skills in a unique tropical setting. Experience our only program that offers a blend of cultural immersion & outdoor

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5 Week Summer Expedition in Costa Rica & Panama

Live the ultimate Outward Bound Costa Rica experience by partaking in all of our summer expeditions. Hike, dive, serve, and surf on this unforgettable program that includes...

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4 Week Summer Expedition in Costa Rica & Panama

Combine our two most popular summer expeditions for an all-encompassing experience in Costa Rica and Panama! Trek your way through the remote jungle on the Rainforest Hike...

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Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • The Adventure

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Open up!

Open up your view of the world physically, emotionally, mentally. spiritually, and everything in between with Costa Rica Outward Bound. I was a student on the Coast to Coast Expedition, and while the title expedition was my favorite part of the trip, every phase had strengths, weaknesses, and lessons. Surfing is a lesson in perseverance. With no surfing experience, for me the phase was just continuous wipe-outs in the exhausting waves, but I think I got somewhere toward the end.... Anyway, SCUBA diving was absolutely amazing. Sea kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in Panama were just absolutely glorious ways to experience the wonders of the Caribbean. And the hike! The hike was an ever-evolving journey as a team to traverse the width of the fabulous country of Costa Rica. I loved the roads, the people, the group development, the mountains, the food, and the satisfying pain from having walked miles and miles carrying heavily loaded packs. The organization of the trip could be frustrating at times, but it really just takes a positive attitude to get through lateness, missing gear, an absent sailboat captain, etc. As for group dynamics, you never know what you're going to get. Maybe your instructors are perfect for you and your group; maybe you clash. Maybe your group works ridiculously well together; maybe you fall apart daily. Maybe you do a bit of both. Everything about the trip is a risk worth taking.

Program: Coast to Coast Expedition Semester in Costa Rica & Panama

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE

I cannot say enough great things about this program. Outward Bound Costa Rica has truly changed my life in so many ways and I can honestly say I wouldn't be the person I am today it wasn't for this organization. Outward Bound Costa Rica has extremely knowledgable and friendly instructors who go out of their way to make students feel comfortable and welcomed. They are amazing at using outdoor recreation activities to teach you so much about life and yourself. I would absolutely recommend this course to someone who is looking for a purpose in life, needing to spark passion, hoping to learn about themselves and the world around them, or just looking to have an adventure-filled trip.

Program: Outdoor Leader Semester in Costa Rica & Panama