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Explore the tropical landscapes and rich culture of Costa Rica with a deep-jungle trek and family homestays!

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About the Trip

Explore the tropical landscapes and rich culture of Costa Rica with a deep-jungle trek and family homestays!  

Earn 4 – 6 hours of Community Service.

 “It was a crazy experience to open your eyes to look within yourself and at the world around you. Before I was stuck in my comfort zone and now I feel stronger and braver.” ~ Annika, Girl  Scout, 2017

Combine unforgettable adventure with true cultural immersion in the jungles of Costa Rica. Whether you’re trekking through the lush cloud and rainforests, rafting down white water rivers, or zipping through the canopy, you will discover your strengths on this unforgettable adventure. Immerse yourself in the local culture with traditional family homestays, give back with a day of service in a nature reserve, and experience everything from exploring a world-renowned beach to visiting the vibrant, bustling artisan market of San Jose.

After gearing up at our rainforest base camp just outside of San Jose, your journey will begin with a multi-day hiking trek into one of the most remote regions of Costa Rica. Hike and learn about wildlife and the local flora and fauna while gaining insight into the mysteries of the rainforest and the communities of people who live there. Experience a variety of homestays with local families – learning about their language, culture, and way of life. Participate in some of their traditional activities such as harvesting and grinding sugarcane, making tortillas, bread and farmer’s cheese, and visit an eco lodge where ecologists uncover the mysteries of Costa Rica. Challenge yourself physically with an 80 ft. waterfall rappel and build friendships as you encourage and work alongside other Girl Scouts from around the US.

Once your hike is over, you will find yourself at Manuel Antonio, an idyllic Pacific coast beach, where you will spend your time exploring and spotting monkeys, sloths, and tree frogs. Enjoy the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean with activities such as boogie boarding, swimming and enjoying the sun.

Finally, brave white water rapids and hone your teamwork skills with a day of rafting. Finish your experience by exploring the treetops with a zip line canopy tour and absorbing a different side of the local “Tico” culture during a city tour and visit to the bustling artisan market of San Jose.

Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has inspired a lifetime of leadership, growth and a commitment to serve through our GSUSA Destinations courses. Leadership and character development is woven throughout your adventures facilitated by discussions and meetings woven into all course activities. Explore how the challenges you meet in and out of the Costa Rican or Panamanian wilderness help you confront the challenges that life presents.

“As a mother of two daughters who have attended 4 trips with Outward Bound Costa Rica, I am so pleased with the program. My daughters attended destinations 10 years apart, yet they both had terrific experiences. Both girls came home from RRR happy and with their souls filled with peace and love of nature. Both had time to think about things and their place in the world and came back home in a really great place.” ~ Sloane, GS Mother, 2017

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Where You Go

Costa Rica

What to Know

You must be 13–18 years old at the time of your trip

You must possess:

  • A sincere interest in the outdoors
  • A willingness to practice the Spanish language and interest in cultural exchange
  • The readiness for a physically demanding fitness challenge. You should be ready to backpack 2-10 hours per day with a full size (35+ pounds) pack for 7-9 days.
  • The ability to be comfortable in the water (for beach and whitewater rafting days)
  • The ability to be a good team player

The Dates


Session 1: July 14, 2018 – July 28, 2018

Session 2: July 28, 2018 - August 11, 2018

*Please be sure to specify which session(s) you are applying for when filling out your application.*

What to Bring

  • A packing list will be provided upon receipt of your deposit
  • A valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months past your day of departure from Costa Rica
  • A tetanus vaccination is required before your arrival in Costa Rica


The Cost

Program Fee: $2,375

Program Fee does not include airfare. You will be responsible for providing your own round-trip airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), as well as bringing your own spending money (recommended $200 per 2-week course.)

A $200 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance to this course. (It's part of the Program Fee, not in addition to it). The balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the course.

Download Application Forms
Destinations Application 2018-2019
Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison