Our Programs

Group size: 5-10

Costa Rica: Summer: Teen Girls: Ages 14-17: 6-Weeks

New Zealand: Fall and Spring: All Gender: Young Adult: Ages 18-22: 10-Weeks

Our programs use 8 components to create impactful change:

Independent Living Skills

Students live in a house where they learn everything about taking care of a home. They learn to clean, do laundry, run a kitchen, grocery shop, budget, meal plan for the week, and learn to be good roommates and housemates.

Community

Group living is a key element in our programs. Living together naturally engages the students in conflict resolution, problem solving, empathy, and communication skills. This also creates close peer to peer learning and the confidence that comes from belonging to a supportive community. After spending 10 weeks together students walk away with lifelong friendships.

Outdoor Adventure Excursions

Our programs offer a range of adventure challenges to stretch out of their comfort zone and test their capabilities in activities like hiking, rafting, flying trapeze, surfing, kayaking, and yoga.

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. Activities include working with permaculture farms, wildlife conservations, animal rescue centers, sustainable farms, and eco-centers.

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. This includes local cooking lessons, coffee farms and dairy farms in Costa Rica or sheep dogs, Maori villages, and Kiwi culture in New Zealand.

Wellness Workshops & Core Curriculum

Our Wellness Director conducts weekly wellness workshops tackling the 7 dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, finacial, social, spiritual, and environmental. With an exclusive curriculum focusing on core beliefs, resilience, interpersonal and relationship skills, the student will increase their self-esteem, communication skills, and build a foundation of personal values and tangible coping skills that will create long lasting connections to themselves, their communities and their goals.

Internship

Our students take on an internship at each of our locations where they learn from professionals and do hands on work to support a local organisation. We have worked with local elementary schools, animal sanctuary's, and the department of conservation.

Holistic Care

Wrap-around support is achieved by bringing all student supports into the experience including the participants' at-home talk therapist, parents, instructors, and Wellness Director are all involved in the care of every student enrolled.

A week in the life

Sunday

Homestead Stewardship: Prepare for the week, clean house, grocery shop, laundry, touch base about upcoming week schedule, Core Curriculum lesson, family dinner

Monday

Volunteer Service Learning: working as a team to build new hiking paths to waterfalls

Tuesday

ESL Internship at elementary school, teaching English and playing games with the local kids

Wednesday

Wellness Workshop with and activity, meet virtually with at home therapist, small group discussions, free day for self led wellness and mindful motion

Thursday

Cultural Immersion: Practice your Spanish at a local market and private Costa Rican cooking lessons with delicious homemade empanadas for dinner

Friday

Adventure Excursion: Head out to one of Costa Rica's gorgeous beaches and catch a wave with private surf lessons

Saturday

Adventure Excursion: Explore Costa Rica's beautiful national parks and hike through jungle to hidden waterfalls while passing wildlife on the trails

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