KIN W10 Costa Rica River & Rainforest Expedition

This program is not offered this academic year. See this year's interims.

Basic information

  • Location: Coast of Costa Rica | Map
  • Dates: January 4-27, 2016
  • Cost: $3,630 (exact)

This 24-day cross-cultural wilderness expedition features rainforest mountain and river travel through remote and preserved areas of central and coastal Costa Rica.

Students will gain professional instruction in rainforest backpacking, swift water rescue, white-water kayaking, and surfing; experience cultural life through seven diverse home stays and daily interaction with Tiko instructors; and explore diverse ecological zones of the central mountains, rivers, and coastal marine environments of Costa Rica. The first phase consists of an eight day backpacking descent from high elevation cloud forest to low elevation tropical rainforest. During this trek, students will master backcountry living and travel skills, as well as gaining introductory knowledge regarding the diverse ecological systems. Following three nights of rainforest camping, students will enter the homestay phase. During this trek students will enjoy cultural and Spanish language immersion experiences through home stays with Costa Rican families in remote rainforest communities. Following the trek, students will trade backpacks for whitewater boats. Over the next six days, participants will gain hard shell kayak instruction and a complete a 2 day Whitewater Rescue Technician course. Following the white-water phase, students will travel to the internationally renowned Corcovado National Park for an additional four days of park ranger guided coastal rainforest backpacking and ecological study. The course will conclude with three days of surf instruction, a sea turtle habitat restoration project, and general exploration of the marine environments of the magnificent Pacific coast. Along with gaining wilderness and whitewater travel skills, students will develop cross-cultural awareness as they interact on a daily level with remote Costa Rican communities and Tico instructors.

Coast of Costa Rica

Tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands.


This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.


$3,630 (exact)

Questions / contact

Ryan Rooks

Ryan Rooks

Campus Recreation Coordinator, Teaching Staff
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Douglas Vander Griend

Douglas Vander Griend

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