Outdoors & Aquatics

Adventure Abroad

About Adventure Abroad

USF RecWell’s Adventure Trip Program travels to destinations around the world to enjoy the nature and adventure. These programs are organized as not for credit Education Abroad programs with cultural components as well as outdoor recreation activities. If flights are required for a trip, those will not be included in the trip price, participants will need to purchase their own flights, to allow for use of personal credit card rewards or for participants to spend more time in the destination country outside of program dates. Please wait for specific instructions about travel logistics from the Trip Leaders before buying flights, students on programs can coordinate travel together as well.

Iceland Adventure Trek

Iceland Trek

USF Students will travel to Iceland for a 12-day international adventure like none other. While students will be able to explore the capital city and unique culture Iceland has to offer, the focus of the trip is a 5-day hiking expedition across Iceland’s most famous and beautiful trail, the Laugavegurinn. Participants will then return to Reykjavik in time for the Iceland National PRIDE Festival.

Dates: Wednesday, July 26th - Sunday, August 6th, 2023

Puerto Rico Service Adventure

Puerto Rico Service Trip

The Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip is a collaboration between Recreation & Wellness and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement Bulls Service Breaks program, designed for students who have a passion for nature and outdoor education and volunteer service. We will return to Puerto Rico for our service trip since hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the island in Fall 2017. We will work in El Yunque, the only tropical National Rain Forest in the National Forest Service system, and Hacienda Tres Angeles, a family owned organic coffee farm, where we will volunteer our help to rebuild trails, plant coffee, build, maintain, and do other vital volunteer work in both locations. If you love nature, connecting people to service outdoors, and want to learn more about long-term recovery in Puerto Rico, this is the trip for you.

Dates: May 2023, Spring Break 2023 - Honors College

Previous Adventure Abroad Trips


Come explore the rugged landscape, unique culture, and unpredictable weather of the Aysén and Magallanes regions of Chilean Patagonia. Patagonia’s terrain varies widely—from steppes and temperate rainforests to alpine ecosystems and ocean fjords. We will travel to hike the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Spending four of the days walking through stunning landscapes surrounding Grey Glacier, French Valley, and the imposing three towers.  

Date: Winter 2023 

Costa Rica: Sustainability

USF Students will travel to Costa Rica where they will volunteer for 9 days at Rancho Margot--a sustainable and self-sufficient eco lodge and farm. Surrounded by approximately 50,000 acres of protected rainforest, Rancho Margot is an off-the-grid paradise that has been recognized as the first carbon-negative company in Costa Rica. This trip aims to promote personal growth in participants through the exploration of the interconnections betweenfood, energy, water, waste and includes a mixture of daily service-learning components as well as sustainability workshops. 

Dates: Summer 2018 

New Zealand

USF Students will travel to New Zealand, Adventure Capital of the World for 9 days. The primary focus of the trip is a 4-5 day backpacking trek across one of the Great Walks of New Zealand covering 30-40 miles of amazing and expansive views and environments, camping and working in a small group setting along the way to succeed.

Many USF students want to travel and experience different cultures but do not have the confidence, experience, or knowledge to travel internationally. This trip is an opportunity to experience Polynesian culture in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Given the ample learning opportunities it provides, the first three days will be spent in the city. On the second night the students will travel to the Queenstown Skyline where they can experience a traditional Kiwi Hakka performed by the indigenous Maori. They also will have plenty of opportunities while in Queenstown to visit Polynesian restaurants and indulge in classic Hangi cooking.

As an island nation, New Zealand has had less European influence and has maintained a more traditional culture compared to mainland Australia. Students will also get to thoughtfully reflect without the distraction of internet and cellphone service while backpacking across wilderness in New Zealand. There they will gain an understanding of nature’s therapeutic properties thru the challenge of multi-day backpacking.  As they hike the multi-day trek, the students will also be taught to practice self-awareness by recording their struggles and strong points through a daily journal and a process called autoethnobiographic journaling. 

Dates: Winter 2017, 2018