YAP Costa Rica

YAP Costa Rica is offered through the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University in partnership with the Soltis Center for Research and Education in San Isidro, Costa Rica.

Are you ready for a global adventure? Want to experience the lush rainforest of an exotic locale? YAP Costa Rica marks the first time that the Youth Adventure Program departs from its College Station campus and arrives in the Central American country of Costa Rica! Based out of Texas A&M’s Soltis Center, YAP Costa Rica offers the once in a lifetime opportunity for students to learn about Photography or Wildlife Ecology while being immersed in the landscape of Costa Rica. Students will truly get a hands on experience in their chosen course in a natural rainforest habitat.

The YAP Costa Rica courses available for students to choose from include:


The “focus” of this new class is to provide direct “exposure” to the art and act of Photography in an exotic Costa Rican setting! Daily classroom instruction will be provided about essential photography elements including camera settings, light and exposure, composition, and digital enhancement. Students will then directly apply what they have learned via customized photo shoots specifically designed for this rich rainforest region. From a river safari designed to photograph wildlife in their natural habitat to a waterfall hike that will be flush with the flora and fauna of the region, students will be able to truly see this part of the world through a different lens while “framing” their experience utilizing a variety of photography techniques. If “enhancing” your skills while building a portfolio of professional quality pictures that are as diverse as the region itself “captures” your interest, then this class is for you!

Wildlife Ecology

Using the unique rainforest canopy as a backdrop, participants in the Wildlife Ecology class will inhabit and immerse themselves in an ecological environment that is home to great biodiversity. Learn about the biology of amphibians and reptiles and then take a night hike through the rainforest to find them in their natural habitat. “Track” native animals through the rainforest and learn about wildlife capture and census techniques. Take a Safari Tour down the Penas Blancas River designed to have students be able to identify and spot rainforest birds and mammals, including toucans, three-toed sloths, and a variety of monkey species. Visit a national park and take a guided tour of one of the most active volcanoes in the world and discover its impact on the ecology of the region. Finally, get up close and personal with the animals of the region with a trip to an Eco Zoo that features interactive exhibits including a butterfly conservatory, insect zoo, and serpentarium. Students will appreciate the great diversity of life in the rainforest region while learning about the “Pura Vida” life of this Central American paradise.

YAP Costa Rica Registration Information
Dates: July 29 – August 5, 2017
Ages: Rising 9th-12th graders
Cost: $2200.00

For the purpose of registration, a rising 9th grader is a current 8th grader who will enter grade 9 in Fall 2017. Students who will graduate high school in 2017 are ineligible to attend.

To apply for YAP Costa Rica, submit your completed application to yap@tamu.edu

For YAP Costa Rica, a $1000.00 registration fee and $500.00 deposit are due by February 17th
Both of these payments are necessary to hold a student’s position and are fully refundable until March 31st

To finalize enrollment the $700.00 remaining balance must be paid by May 17th, 2017
This can be paid in a single transaction or via installments using the schedule seen below:
$350.00 on April 17th
$350.00 on May 17th
Without final payments, the student’s reservation is subject to cancellation.

Camp tuition covers flights to and from Costa Rica, transportation to and from all airports, all meals, instructional materials, professor fees, camp t-shirt, and all recreational events. The only cost not covered in camp tuition is a student’s passport, which must be submitted with application.

Contact the YAP office at (979) 845-1802 or by email: yap@tamu.edu