Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions
Outdoor Programs 2013 SOLE Experiences
Costa Rica Multi-Element Experience
Dates: Saturday, December 14th - Tuesday, December 24th
This Multi-Element course allows students to develop leadership skills and increase self-efficacy through adventure based activities and traditional experiences that immerse them in the culture of Costa Rica. Students will spend their arrival day in Costa Rica in the city of San Jose where they will meet the rest of the course participants and instructors. Day one will consist of ice-breakers, introductions, going over the itinerary, course objectives, assigning gear to participants and addressing any medical concerns. Throughout the next ten days students will visit the Savegre River Valley, San Isidro de General and Quepos where they will spend each night with local families. Autentico Adventures is a locally owned and operated Costa Rican adventure outfitter that will be facilitating the entire Costa Rican Experience course. Once on course students will have direct interaction with local Costa Rican instructors and families that will teach students about Costa Rican culture, flora and fauna and guide them through adventure based activities. Students will be exposed to a diverse range of activities that will allow them to develop their leadership, communication, critical thinking, team-building, facilitation, Spanish and technical skills through expeditionary learning.
-Stay with local Costa Rican Families
-Visit National Parks
-Learn to guide whitewater rafts down the Savegre River
-Embark on a mulit-day rafting expedition down the Rio General
-Receive ACA Swift Water Rescue training on one of the most pristine rivers in the world
-Lean to surf epic breaks on the Pacific Coast
-Hike through the jungle to reach hidden waterfalls
-Have close encounters with sloths, monkeys, iguanas, toucans and other tropical animals
**PE & RM credit available. Please contact Andrew Hawley (email@example.com) for more information and registration details.
General Information on Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions (SOLE)
Immerse yourself in active educational adventures of discovery through our International SOLE programs. Outdoor Programs partners with different departments across campus to provide students with unique and life-changing experiences. Prior experience is not necessary to participate on any of our programs. Previous destinations include: New Zealand, Fiji and Wales (U.K.).
International SOLE programs emphasize discovery of self and expedition team members- as well as discovery of the landscapes and cultures of the countries we explore. We travel in regions of countries that are seldom visited, remote and exceptionally beautiful. By choosing to challenge yourself in these settings on an adventure education program with us, you will learn valuable skills in leadership, perseverance, group dynamics, teamwork, responsibility, wilderness ethics and global perspectives.
You will be immersed in rugged environments that intentionally bring one closer to the landscapes and cultures we have chosen to explore. Through the following activities we strive to connect students to the land, water and people of these seldom traveled but richly colored regions.
We provide all technical equipment, instruction, permits, food, transportation,course materials, safety skills and equipment and other resources as a part of our course fees. Academic credit and financial aid is available for many of these programs.
Our successful New Zealand expedition in 2003 was our inaugural International Expeditions Program. Past trips also include Wales and Fiji.
Academic credit is available for these course offerings. For more information, please call Rich Campbell at Outdoor Programs or drop by our office in the SRC. (828-262-2475)
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