Outward Bound (Cartago, Costa Rica)

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Calle Pizote, San Ramon de Tres Rios, Puntarenas, ----, Costa Rica
Tel: 0034 679 375 341,
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Prices from 1,267.00€  per week
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Our Outward Bound courses in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua provide learning experiences that allow you to build leadership skills, intercultural competence and self-awareness. But the best part is the adventure of whitewater rafting, surfing, hiking, waterfall rappelling, scuba diving, and more this summer.

Our surfing courses take place during the Fall and Spring Semester, along with every summer. You will catch warm-water break son the world-renowned surf spots of Costa Rica, all while you work side by side with local communities on much-needed service projects, such as reforestation and school projects. Our surf spots include Avellanas, Dominical and the areas around Dominicalito. Receive instruction in small groups from our experienced instructors and earn your American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications. You can also chose another of our signature Summer Expedition and add one week of surfing to your summer.

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While our rainforest base is located about forty minutes away of the capital of San Jose, all our programs include transportation to incredible surfing spots such as Manuel Antonio, Dominical and Avellanas. All our surfing students receive one-on-one holistic instruction from our instructors, who pick the best places and times to surf on the world-renowned beaches of Costa Rica.


Our requirements depend on which course you design to sign up for:
-    Semester Programs: 17+
-    Summer Expeditions: 14+
-    Summer Expedition 18+: Adults ages 18 and up have the chance to discover Costa Rica this summer in just one action-packed week that will include a rainforest trek that will bring you to the heart of Costa Rica’s landscape, rural homestays, waterfall rappel, and surfing or boogie board with our experienced instructors.


Outward Bound Costa Rica was founded in 1994 by Dr Jim Rowe, who received a license from Outward Bound International as the first Outward Bound School in any Latin American country. The organization is established as a Costa Rican fundación as an incorporated business with a charitable focus. Outward Bound Costa Rica is governed by an independent board of trustees comprised of leaders of some of the most prestigious private schools, industry experts, lawyers, surgeons, and safety specialists in Costa Rica.



Participants will be hosted on our rainforest base in Costa Rica when they arrive, and will then join their program location with their instructors, notably at our Manuel Antonio base or in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Many of our programs also include homestays with local families.


Participants will get the chance to experience authentic Costa Rican food, cooked by our in-home cook Carla, or will design their own meals with the help of their instructors while on course. Rural homestay families also provide typical Costa Rican dishes.



We have the chance to work with some amazing Costa Rican and international surf instructors. Our students get the chance not only to experience several famous surf spots, but also to learn from instructors who have earned international certifications and are trained in guaranteeing everyone’s safety.


All materials are included in the course fee. A packing list will be sent to all participants before they join one of our courses.


Hiking, rafting, scuba diving, waterfall rappelling, animal and sightseeing, sea kayaking, international certifications.



Characterization of surroundings/region

All our participants are taken in charge in their course group by profesional instructors, giving them the opportunity to enjoy these authentic and adventure-filled trips in Central America without having to worry about travel logistics.

Activities and facilities

Activities depend on the course you chose.


Ways to get to the camp

All of our participants will get picked up and driven back to the airport.

Important details

Check out our website to see our courses dates!


Pacific Surf and Service - from $2,800 (2,535 €) per Person

This package includes:

DURATION:  15 days
DATES:  Session #1: July 8 – July 22 | Session #2: July 22 – August 5
Surfing: 10-12 Days
Certification Training: 4-6 Days
COURSE REGIONS:  Costa Rica (Nothern and Central regions)
TUITION: $2,800 (2,535 €)

Discover Costa Rica by surfing warm-water breaks on its world-renowned beaches, all while you engage in meaningful service projects to support local communities. Catch your first waves or hone your surfing skills as you paddle alongside our experienced, professional instructors and earn your American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.

18+ Summer Expedition Costa Rica - from $1,615 (1462 €) € per Person

This package includes:

DURATION: 1 week
DATES: July 8 – July 15
• Rainforest Trek: 3-4 Days
• Cultural Homestay: 3-4 Days
• Beach Phase: 2 Days
COURSE REGIONS: Costa Rica (San Jose, Cartago and Puntarenas Provinces)
TUITION: $1,615 (1462 €)

Discover the true meaning of “off the beaten path” as you embark on a deep-jungle trek where spectacular rainforest valleys, cascading waterfalls, and winding rivers will both awe and challenge you. After your rainforest expedition, head to the Manuel Antonio area and spend time at the beach to learn to surf or perfect your skills.

Pacific Surf & Cert Extension

This package includes:

DURATION: 8 days
DATES: Session #1: July 8 – July 15 | Session #2: July 22 – July 29 | Session #3: August 5 – August 12
Surfing: 5-6 Days
Certification Training: 2-3 Days
COURSE REGIONS: Costa Rica (San Jose, Cartago, Puntarenas, and Guanacaste Provinces)

Extend your Outward Bound experience with this course to create a 3-week, 5-week or 7-week Summer Expedition! Spend 8 days learning to surf or honing your skills as you paddle alongside our experienced, professional instructors and ensure your dedication to staying safe in the water by earning your American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.

River to Sea Spring Semester - from $9,500 (8,600 €) per Person

This package includes:

DATES: Spring 2017: February 2 – April 17
TUITION & FEES: $9,500 (8,600 €)
COLLEGE CREDIT: 12 credits available through WSCU
Wilderness Advanced First Aid (Outward Bound Costa Rica)
Whitewater Rescue Technician (Rescue 3 International)
Scuba Diver Certification (National Association of Underwater Instructors)
Waterfront Lifeguarding (American Red Cross)
COURSE REGIONS: Costa Rica (All Provinces); Panama (Bocas del Toro Province); Nicaragua (Rivas Province)

In order to reach the famous surfing locations of Avellanas and Manuel Antonio National Park, you will trek through the rainforest of Costa Rica. Your life will revolve around the tide, as you learn about the ocean and coastal ecology, the physics of waves, lunar phases, and weather systems. Beginner surfers will learn how to pop-up, catch waves, and improve their board stance to ride more challenging breaks, while students with previous surf experience will be able to build on their skills and enjoy the famous warm water breaks of the region.

Outdoor Leader Semester - from $8,900 (8,050 €) per Person

This package includes:

DATES: Fall 2016: October 15 – December 18, Spring 2017: February 2 – April 7
TUITION & FEES: $8,900 (8,050 €)
COLLEGE CREDIT: 10 credits available through WSCU
Wilderness First Responder (Outward Bound Costa Rica)
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross)
Whitewater Rescue Technician (Rescue 3 International)
Technical Rope Rescue: Operations Level (Rescue 3 International)
Whitewater Raft Guide License Class I-II or III (International Rafting Federation)
Scuba Diver or Advanced Scuba Diver Certification (National Association of Underwater Instructors)
Waterfront Lifeguarding (American Red Cross)

Surf world-class waves along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast while working toward your Waterfront Lifeguard certification, and six other international outdoor certifications. Participate in this Semester course alongside other participants interested in working in the outdoor industry and learn everything there is to know to become a surf instructor, work in water sports or around rivers, lakes, pools, and beaches. You will learn through rescue scenarios, and prepare to be an outstanding outdoor profesional whether at the beach, on winding rivers or in the rainforest.



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