Dare to adventure. Dare to change. Pure Life Field Guides live and work in Costa Rica facilitating meaningful experiences for students as well as themselves.

Dare to adventure. Dare to change. Pure Life Guides live & work in Costa Rica facilitating meaningful experiences for students as well as themselves.

Pure Life Aspiro is an industry leader in international wilderness therapy. Relying on decades of experience in the Costa Rican outdoor industry, the bicultural Pure Life team provides a therapeutically sophisticated and holistic approach to helping young adults with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, executive function deficits, trauma and substance abuse. The students are individuals with very real challenges looking for lasting change. Blending traditional individual and group therapy in combination with outdoor experiential learning and adventure, Pure Life’s integrated and dynamic approach includes an emphasis on fitness, mindfulness, life skills, and cultural immersion.

There is power in going out into nature and challenging yourself. It changes you. –Janna Dean, Pure Life Clinical Therapist

What You'll Be Doing

As part of the unique Pure Life experience, you will guide students through pristine rainforests, raft world famous whitewater, surf, and learn about Costa Rican culture, traditions and language.

Pure Life Field Guides
Adventure therapy is rooted in the idea that activities like surfing, rafting, backpacking and rappelling are tools used to break down personal barriers and provide insights into the individual struggles of students. This makes the Field Guide position one of the most important at Pure Life. Field Guides are expected to keep the students physically and emotionally safe, while also pushing them out of their comfort zones and collecting valuable insights for the Clinical Therapists to use in their private sessions. As part of the unique Pure Life experience, you will guide students through pristine rainforests, raft world famous whitewater, surf, and learn about Costa Rican culture, traditions and language.

Being physically fit is a major requirement of the job as you will be engaged in physical activities everyday.In order to insure safety, Field Guides are responsible for arriving with certifications in CPR and Wilderness First Aid. Guides must be confident in nature camping and leading outdoor adventure activities. Pure Life provides basic staff trainings in all of the various activities students and staff will have to participate in, but the ideal candidates come in with confidence in their ability to build upon these skills quickly. Being physically fit is a major requirement of the job as you will be engaged in physical activities everyday.

Guides will live with a group of students 24 hours a day participating in all daily activities. They will also be responsible for facilitating therapeutic groups and daily check ins. Staff are expected to have good relational skills and able to form bonds with the students — developing a sense of mutual trust while still holding them accountable.

If you are passionate about nature, travel and helping people, then this is the job for you! Creativity and resourcefulness are encouraged in our field, so bring whatever makes you uniquely you! We know we’ll learn as much from you as you will from us.

Location

The Pure Life base camp is tucked away in the tropical rainforests of the Southern Pacific mountains of Costa Rica.

The Pure Life base camp is tucked away in the tropical rainforests of the Southern Pacific mountains of Costa Rica. Great surfing beaches and world renowned whitewater rafting opportunities are just a bus ride away. Costa Rica boasts some of the world’s most well-preserved rainforests. It is home to millions of species of plants and animals. Monkey and sloth sightings are common. Costa Rica is considered the safest, cleanest country in Central America.

Although the base camp is fairly rural, Costa Rica has an easy to use public transportation system that gives Pure Life employees access to the rest of the country. The central location of Costa Rica means that many Pure Life Guides also take trips to neighboring countries during their off-shifts. It is possible to bus from Costa Rica to popular destinations in Panama or Nicaragua. Flights to other parts of Central America can also be found at reasonable prices depending on the time of year.

Pure Life has taken the wilderness adventure therapy model to another level by including a cultural element. Ticos have a common salutation, Pura Vida, which can be translated to Pure Life. It is a hello, a goodbye, a question, an answer and it can even be used to describe people or places. Pura Vida means more than its direct translation. It represents the values of Costa Rican culture–simplicity, finding joy in the small things, resourcefulness, and spending time with family and friends. We named our program Pure Life as a constant reminder of these principles. –Andrew Taylor, Founder

Time Commitment

Pure Life offers the best of all worlds: a stimulating and inspiring career of helping people, international living, and a flexible schedule that allows time for personal travel and exploration.

Pure Life students generally spend around three months in the program. They are divided into small groups of 5-10 students facilitated by 2-3 Guides. Students participate in various one and two week-long adventure activities during that time. As such, Guides tend to work 8 or 15 day shifts. Guides are expected to be with the group exclusively throughout that time. This means eating, sleeping, cleaning, and participating in all activities with the group.

Pure Life Aspiro6, 9 and 12-month Field Guide contracts are available (a one-year commitment is preferred).

Pure Life offers the best of all worlds: a stimulating and inspiring career of helping people, international living, and a flexible schedule that allows time for personal travel and exploration.

Perks & Rewards

After a 9-mile sea kayak trip across the Golfo Dulce, students cooked dinner with fresh fruits and vegetables gathered from the home stay property.After a 9-mile sea kayak trip across the Golfo Dulce, students cooked dinner with fresh fruits and vegetables gathered from the home stay property. Fresh papaya, plantains, star fruit, yucca, cilantro and more. These coconuts were pulled straight from the tree, peeled and cut open. The inner layer will be shaved to create pure coconut oil.

The biggest perk of this job is to have the experience of working in a bicultural, bilingual team and to profoundly experience a very new and different way of life. There are too many benefits to living abroad to list them all here.

The following benefits are specific to the job:
Negotiable pay rate based on experience.
Flexible/negotiable schedule allowing for travel.
Access to internationally accredited certification courses, including Wilderness First Aid, Technical Ropes Rescue, Swift Water Rescue.
Spanish language immersion.
Dorm-style accommodations and meals for off-shifts.
The chance to be part of a small, but dynamic Guide team that allows for creativity and leadership opportunities.
Airport pick-up

The Pure Life staff is a close-knit group of professionals. Field Guides are almost always interested in participating in an adventure during an off shift. There is no shortage of fun things to do.

The Essentials

This is your chance to grow in ways you can’t even imagine. Take the leap and move abroad!

The Ideal candidate for Pure Life Field Guide positions will fulfill the following requirements:
Experience in the wilderness therapy industry.
Current CPR and Wilderness First Aid training certificates.
Competency in the outdoors and confidence in outdoor skills.
Comfortable and enthusiastic promoting morals and values both by word and character.
 Desire to support and encourage other staff and students as they progress.
Proof of physical fitness (a Doctor’s note).
In possession of a valid passport.
Ability to purchase a flight to Costa Rica
Spanish language and whitewater skills are a plus, but not required.

This is your chance to grow in ways you can’t even imagine. Take the leap and move abroad!

Your First Move & Connections

If you want to live the Pura Vida, experience the Tico lifestyle and do some serious work but also have a lot of fun, check out Pure Life.

Pure Life knows that landing in a foreign country can be disorienting and uncomfortable. They are here to help make your transition as easy as possible. The friendly staff will pick you up from the airport and bring you to base. An experienced staff member will help you get settled in the guide house and show you around.

Within your first few days at Pure Life, you will receive an orientation from the Field Director. Half-day staff trainings are held every two weeks. Longer, more in-depth trainings are also held throughout the year. You will start by working on a guide team with experienced staff members in order to learn routines and expectations.

If you’re looking for the opportunity to:
 Experience cultural immersion
Learn, improve or practice your Spanish skills
Live the Pura Vida and learn about the Tico lifestyle
Do some serious work but also have fun
Enjoy the amazing outdoors!
Appreciate the region’s beautiful nature and wildlife

Email your resume to the Pure Life Hiring Team!

Relying on decades of experience in the Costa Rican outdoor industry, the bicultural Pure Life team provides a therapeutically sophisticated and holistic approach to helping young adults with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation and many other mental health concerns.

Pure Life Aspiro
63 East 11400 South #186
Sandy, UT 84070
(801) 896-9490
(801) 454-3805 fax
employment@purelifeadventure.com
PureLifeAdventure.com

Pure Life AspiroPure LIfe is part of the Aspiro family of programs — with Field Guide positions also available in Utah.

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