Costa Rica 6-Week Summer Program for Teen Girls

Adventure Travel, Spanish Immersion, Wildlife, Volunteering, Leadership


We love Costa Rica, and our students do too! Known for its lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, volcanic landscapes and an abundance of wildlife, it's no wonder we all want to be there. Costa Rica ticks all the boxes for a Rooted Life Adventures summer program, it's a natural playground (perfect for water-based activities in particular), it's the most bio-diverse country in the world, is both relaxed and safe and provides our students with the opportunity to learn, or practice, Spanish. We accommodate our students in a beautiful villa, nestled in jungle nirvana, which can be both invigorating and calming. With plenty to see and do, learn and apply, Costa Rica is the ideal location for teenage girls to disconnect from anything that is no longer serving them, and connect to nature, themselves and others - creating long-lasting, authentic friendships.

June 13- July 24, 2024
Teen Girls Ages 14-17
Group of 5-12
42 days
Enrollment Fee: $2,000
Tuition: $15,990
Dominical, Costa Rica

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Surfing • Rafting • Hiking  Waterfall Rappelling Wildlife Sanctuary

Flying Trapeze Overnight Kayaking Excursion

Rooted Life Adventures Wellness Adventure Supported Gap Program

Program Components

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Community | Group Living
  • Volunteer Service Learning
  • Adventure Excursions
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Wellness Workshops & Core Curriculum
  • ESL Internship with Elementary School
  • Wrap Around Care
Independent Living Skills
Rooted Life Adventures Jungle Retreat

Students fly together with their instructor to gorgeous Costa Rica and arrive at their new home for the next 6 weeks. Here the students will live together with two Program Instructors and Wellness Director in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Our home is nested in the jungle with 4 waterfalls on site along with a pool, hot tub, exotic gardens, home theatre, and giant chess set- not to mention that toucans, sloths, and monkeys can often be seen in the backyard or on the hiking paths.


A key component of our program is learning the confidence and skills to live independently away from home. One day per week is dedicated to life skills - cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, budgeting, culinary skills. Together these students take on learning how to share a home, be good roommates, good housemates, and share responsibility in household chores. Students not only get cleaning lessons, but also are split into cooking groups where they take on the challenge of meal planning for the week, breaking down the meals into a grocery list, grocery shopping, making and keeping a grocery budget, and passing off to the next group. Each night the students cook dinner together with music on, learn the joy of creating their own meals, and sit down to a big “family” dinner.

Community | Group Living

Tackling the deep loneliness that post-COVID, social media influenced students often experience. Community is a key element in our programs, creating the most crucial lifelong skill that every student needs.

Living together in a house naturally engages the students in conflict resolution, problem solving, empathy, and communication skills. This also creates close peer to peer learning and the sense of belonging that comes from building and contributing to a supportive community. Our programs are mostly technology free which offers a well deserved break from a screen and leaves nothing but space for face to face encounters. Throughout the week the group heads out as a team taking on adventures and every evening at dinner students share affirmations celebrating each other for overcoming the day's challenges. After dinner the students take to evening games, dancing, karaoke nights, and hilarious retelling of stories from earlier that day.


The program also utilises “captain of the day” to engage in individual leadership skills as well as small groups to foster peer to peer discussion and accountability. Our program instructors facilitate endless group games like capture the flag in the backyard or after a long day of activities the group has the chance to lay by the pool. By the end of the program the students have created deep meaningful friendships that often continue long after the program is over.

Volunteer Service Learning

We partner with local organizations to create meaningful service opportunities where students learn about environmental sustainability and give back to the local community, connect with nature, and create a sense of belonging in the world. Students complete 30 Volunteer Hours.

Volunteer Service Learning at the Homestead

At home, the students will partner together as a group to repair the trails to the waterfalls leaving their home better than how they found it. They will also learn all of the aspects of how to care for the neighbours horses by feeding them, cleaning their stalls, brushing them, and taking them on walks. At the end, the students will be able to stand back and admire their work and realise how much can be accomplished with a team.

Adventure Excursions

Our programs offer a range of thrilling adventures to stretch out of the comfort zone, build new capabilities and confidence, and make for some really good stories! Two adventure days every week.

  • Surf Lessons
  • Waterfall Rappelling
  • White Water Rafting
  • Overnight Kayaking Excursion
  • Flying Trapeze
  • Swim at the base of Costa Rica's most beautiful waterfall
  • Jungle Hikes with Sloths, Monkeys, and Toucans
  • Explore Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches
Cultural Immersion

We work with local organizations to curate intentional cultural immersion activities where students can learn about diverse values, worldviews, skills, and life habits. Through this, students expand their worldview and enjoy a global perspective and new lens to view their lives at home. In Costa Rica the national greeting is “Pura Vida” which directly translates to “Pure Life.” While on the program, students will come to understand how this motto really sets the tone for Costa Rican values and experience it themselves.

Master Chef

One of the best ways to experience another culture is through food! Once a week a native Costa Rican woman will come to the house and gather the students to give traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lessons. The students will taste new tropical fruits, experiment with new spices, and apply new methods to create homemade empanadas, ceviche, patacones and more. Students should come back and be able to share at least one new recipe with their families!

Spanish Immersion

Students team up with a local school to practise Spanish in everyday experiential ways. Whether playing soccer or taking on arts and crafts with local kids, the students get to experience life in another country all while honing their accents!

Wellness Workshops & Core Curriculum
Rooted Life Adventures Wellness Workshop

Wellness Workshops

Weekly workshops include group discussions and games around the meaning and purpose of the 7 dimensions of wellness: Emotional, Academic/Intellectual, Financial, Spiritual, Environmental, Physical, Social.

These workshops focus on peer-to-peer learning, allowing for group discussion and games around the meaning and purpose of each area of wellness and possible tools to be used to attend to each area of wellness. Students will discuss how each area of wellness affects them and bring optional new skills to incorporate into daily life. The workshop will end with a hands-on activity applying the new skills learned.

Core Curriculum

Living together teaches conflict resolution, problem solving + empathy. This is supported by our psychoeducational core curriculum focusing on weekly lessons focused on inter/intra-personal relationship skills, personal values, and tangible coping skills that will create long lasting connections to themselves, their communities, and their goals.

  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Self Awareness & Tuning Into Feelings
  • Conflict Resolution & Relationship Building
  • Coping Skills
  • Core Beliefs and Values
  • Personal Responsibility & Leadership
  • Resilience & Reintegration
ESL Internship with Elementary School

Join us for an ESL Internship whilst in Costa Rica! We work with local elementary school students who are learning English and are eager to learn and practice with native English speakers. We will speak English with them, and in return they will speak Spanish with us! This is suitable for all Rooted Life Adventures students, regardless of existing Spanish language proficiency. In addition to engaging in conversation and classroom activities, we will also enjoy arts and crafts together, play games and just be silly - it's the best way to learn!

Wrap Around Care
Rooted Life Adventures Parent Coaching

Wrap-around support is achieved by bringing all student supports into the experience.

On Site Wellness Director

On our programs a licensed therapist serves as our Wellness Director and lives on site 24/7 with the student’s for the entirety of the program. The Wellness Director supports the group’s collective program journey by integrating intentional wellness practices into the daily routine as well as facilitates weekly group core sessions and wellness workshops. Our Wellness Director does not provide any clinical or medical services, however, they will coordinate weekly with each family's home therapist to facilitate each student's individual growth.

At-Home Family Talk Therapist

We believe in partnering with a family’s current at home therapist. Families have already spent careful time and attention to selecting the right clinical therapist for them, someone they have been diligently working with, and knows the student well. We believe this is the best person to support the student through the program as well as sustain their learning while integrating back home. Prior to the program, the student’s therapist will be contacted by our team and be intimately involved through the intake and goal setting process. During the program one full day per week is reserved for student wellness practices, during which each student will have a weekly appointment with their at-home therapist virtually to discuss their program experience, learning, challenges, and goals. Our program’s Wellness Director will be in contact with each student’s home therapist for holistic care and to fully support each individual student’s inner journey.

Parent Involvement

It is pivotal that parents and guardians are involved in the growth process. Parents are engaged from the start in the intake process, assisting with preparation and goals setting. During the program, our Wellness Director will communicate with parents weekly regarding the group and individual student journey. In addition parents can participate in an optional weekly parent course that mirrors the student curriculum so that everyone is on the same page when the students return home. After the program, parents and at-home therapists will be essential in reintegrating the student back home and supporting the sustainability of the student’s growth at home and help apply that growth to future chapters of their lives.


Three (3) sessions at the beginning of the program, and three (3) sessions at the end, will be given to prepare families to aid in students adjusting to program life and during reintegration back home.

Program Instructors

On program there are 2 program instructors who are experts in experiential education and travel who live with the group for the entire program. These instructors participate in every activity with the students and help them work towards the program goals providing consistent individual and group support.

Peer Group Support

Peer to peer learning and support is key for personal development. Students utilise small groups throughout the program for self learning, discussion, and accountability.

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Costa Rica Teen Girls & Boys Ages 14-17

6-Week | June 13 - July 24, 2024