Each student who successfully completes a community service program with us will receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
teen leadership training and community service PROGRAM
June 26, 2014 - July 23, 2014 // 28 Days
Our Service Leadership program is pivotal training for students in preparation for college-life. Trained in practical skills, case studies, and hands-on scenarios that challenge decision making abilities, students have the tools to make critical choices in life.
Educated in the art of safe travel they also are prepared to meet the demands of study abroad programs. Upon completion, students will be equipped to effectively respond to most any situation they may find themselves in--anywhere in the world.
See our Description tab for more information about our service leadership program for teens in Costa Rica & Nicaragua.
72-80 Hours in Indigenous Community
Exposure within Community and Country
9 - 12
San José, Costa Rica
A Certificate of Community Service indicating total hours worked and a Presidential Volunteer Service Award will be issued upon successful completion of the program.
As universities, semester abroad programs, corporations and non-profit organizations around the world seek individuals with experience in social and environmental service initiatives, our Service Leadership program offers the foundation, medical certification, skills and confidence for a path to success.
Our adventure begins as we travel to San José and the rainforest of Costa Rica to establish our base camp and classroom as we embark on a fast-paced, hands-on Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course.
This nationally recognized 80-hour curriculum includes standards for remote locations and extended care situations. A Heartsaver BLS and Adult CPR course are also included as we learn about prevention, risk management, and decision-making.
Through mock medical emergency situations, we are challenged to integrate our learning as we alternate between informative lectures and carefully chosen hands-on scenarios which place us in actual situations requiring thinking and analysis, rather than merely rote memorization.
Next we head down the Pacuare River on a rafting adventure through pristine rain forest, steep canyons and Class III and IV rapids.
The following day we travel to Nicaragua where many indigenous tribes are still thriving, making its cultural fabric exceptionally rich. We partner with a local community and together construct an important project of their choosing. Here we gain an understanding of inter-cultural relationships and the skills required to responsibly design, plan, and construct a project that will serve the community.
We combine efforts to procure materials, transportation, and reach our objectives. Transferring our medical training into action, we assist and care for any community members that may need basic medical assistance.
Focusing on leadership skills we explore what constitutes an effective community service project model, including collaboration and consensus building, communication, decision-making, and cultural sensitivity.
After our community service project is complete, we explore some of the most astounding natural locations in tropical Nicaragua. We'll sea kayak the calm waters of Lake Nicaragua and enjoy the astounding beauty of some of the 365 small islands. As we slowly move in our kayaks, flocks of colorful birds take flight before us.
We visit the hourglass shaped island of Ometepe and hike alongside the immense volcanes that dominate the land. A surf lesson follows at San Juan del Sur.
We navigate our way back to Costa Rica and home, prepared to deliver community service throughout the world safely, with thought and conscience.
Arrival (Day 1):
Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica. Meet the group and get some rest before the start of our Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course.
Transfer to Finca Pacuarito, where we set up camp for the next week. After picking fresh fruit for breakfast, we spend our days learning the ropes of wilderness emergency response. Wilderness first responder training courses focus on teaching the students to assess a situation, improvise solutions using available resources to stabilize the patient and identify the best way to get the patient to definitive medical treatment. In many courses, students are encouraged to develop the habit of systematically thinking through and documenting their assessment decisions/plans using a SOAP note. Topics covered usually include the following principles:
❖ Basic Life Support
❖ Responding to results of trauma:
➢ Management of signs and symptoms of circulatory shock
➢ Management of soft tissue injury such as a burn or wound
■ Prevention and/or treatment of blood-borne pathogens
■ Treatment of infectious diseases
➢ Management of bone & joint injuries: Fractures, sprains, strains & dislocations
➢ Management of suspected head and or spinal injury
❖ Responding to the onset of sudden illness
❖ Transport/evacuation planning and implementation
Raft the canyons of the Pacuare River through Class II and III rapids. Enjoy lunch near a waterfall and swimming hole.
Ride the Panamerican Highway to Nicaragua, where we make our home for the next two weeks. Develop and implement a project in collaboration with the community. Learn leadership skills essential to carrying out service projects in remote communities.
Move to Granada. Kayak on the largest lake in Central America, Lake Nicaragua. Learn to surf on the world-class waves at San Juan del Sur. Celebrate the trip with a final banquet on the beach before taking the Panamerican Highway back to San Jose, Costa Rica.
We say our final goodbyes and board flights home.