Costa Rica 6-Week Summer Program for Young Adult Girls

Adventure Travel, Spanish Immersion, Jungle Environment, Volunteer Service Learning

Overview

Costa Rica is home to beautiful landscapes, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other and nothing but jungle and mountains in between. Costa Rica is home to a myriad of wildlife, you are likely to see monkeys, sloths, and toucans right on the property. According to the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica is one of the happiest and most sustainable countries on Earth and the perfect place to truly connect with nature and discover the meaning of “Pura Vida!” Our students love spending their summer in Costa Rica, our program is perfectly facilitated in these tropical, relaxed settings and our students find peace and happiness in each day. This program is ideal for young adult girls who are looking for the opportunity to reflect, refresh and reset before starting the new academic year.

Summer 2024:
June 13 - July 24
18-22 years old
Young Adult Girls
Program Length:
6 Weeks
Location:
Dominical
Group Size:
5-12

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Surfing • Rafting • Hiking  Waterfall Rappelling Wildlife Sanctuary

Flying Trapeze Overnight Kayaking Excursion


Rooted Life Adventures Wellness Adventure Supported Gap Program
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THERAPEUTIC COACH & PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS

• On-site 24/7 for mental health support, group cohesion, and skill development.

 

PSYCHOEDUCATION

• Core curriculum & wellness skills workshops.

 

PARENT COACHING

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

Rooted Life Adventures Wellness Adventure Supported Gap Program

Program Components

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Community | Group Living
  • 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

Community is a key element in our programs, creating the most crucial lifelong skill that every student needs. Focusing on building authentic, offline connections that bring joy.

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. Our program instructors facilitate endless group games and activities, and there are also opportunities for quiet time, relaxing by the pool, wandering around the garden or taking time out to read.

 

Students also take turns to lead whilst on program, to engage in individual leadership skills as well as small groups to foster peer to peer discussion and accountability. By the end of the program the students have created deep meaningful friendships that often continue long after the program is over.

Adventure Excursions

Our programs offer a range of thrilling adventures to nudge students out of their comfort zone. They're designed to build new capabilities and confidence and make for some really good stories! We enjy 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, world views, 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 local 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 spices, learn new skills and apply these 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 practice 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

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

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.

NEW! PARENT COACHING

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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