- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Costa Rica, Panama
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Four Weeks, Semester
- Start Month: February, March, September, October
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins, Dorm, Homestay, Tents
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
- Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $4,999
Our Gap Year & Semester courses are far from the traditional study abroad program or travel experience. These courses are the perfect opportunity to get away and spend time for yourself, learn about the world around you, gain leadership and outdoor skills, and push the limits to discover your capabilities and passions.
Outdoor Leader Semester - Fall & Spring - 65 days - 10 credits
Discover your strengths, goals, and leadership style as you delve into the field of outdoor education through both technical & soft-skill training. Learn to set up belay systems, organize rescues, provide wilderness medical care, guide rafts down world-class rivers, lead groups through the Costa Rican rainforest, and scuba dive in Caribbean waters during this comprehensive skill development course. Earn seven internationally-recognized certifications and complete an in-depth study of OBCR’s educational model to make you a desirable instructor or guide for various organizations throughout the world.
Top graduates of this Outdoor Leader Semester program may be offered a paid summer internship as a Field Instructor Intern.
Coast to Coast Expedition Semester - Fall & Spring - 85 days - 12 credits
Coast to Coast Expedition is the perfect choice if you want a life-changing experience that will immerse you in a brand new culture, challenge you physically, and allow you to learn and grow as a leader through the rainforest, rivers, and reefs of Costa Rica and Panama. On this adventure you will grow your Spanish skills, whitewater raft, hike, scuba dive, surf, and more—all while gaining valuable life skills, expanding your self-confidence, and discovering the beauty of Latin America. You may earn up to 5 internationally-recognized certifications.
30-65 Day Residential Gap Semester - Spring & Fall - 10 credits
Enjoy the comforts of sleeping on a mattress every night with the experiential impact of diving into science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) topics in the tropics of Costa Rica and Panama. Your residential gap semester can last from 30 to 65 days. Each program topic is complemented by excursions to important natural and historical locations in Costa Rica and Panama.