Latin America Skillmester

Learn skills on the land and in the sea

Are you looking for a semester program away from the ordinary? Want to try new things, practice team building, gain practical skills, and engage in cultural exploration? Find your passion and your purpose and come back with knowledge ranging from microentrepreneurship basics to cooking a regional meal and staying safe in the sea.

12 Weeks
3 Countries
Culture and Skills


Join us for a new kind of semester program. We call it a “Skillmester!” You will get outside the classroom to learn new skills, explore new countries, and uncover your interests and strengths along the way. You’ll learn how to launch your own business and find inspiration in the resilience of an indigenous Panamanian community. You’ll hit the waves for scuba certification, surfing, and sustainable fishing. You’ll even get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hike the Inca Trail in Peru!

Program Highlights

  • Dive deep into clear blue waters and get PADI Scuba certified

  • Develop leadership and presentation skills at a business bootcamp in Panama

  • Hike the stunning historical sanctuary Machu Picchu in Peru

Reasons To Go

  • Learn to immerse yourself in and communicate across cultures

  • Hone your entrepreneurial and teamwork skills in an urban innovation workshop

  • Connect with nature undersea, on land, and in the canopy through scuba diving, permaculture farming, and technical tree climbing


Costa Rica


Skills (View Full List)
  • Spanish language & Costa Rican culture

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • CPR

  • Permaculture farming & natural building

  • PADI Scuba certification


Giro Urbano Foundation

Rancho Mastatal

Outward Bound Costa Rica

“Winterline helped me explore new hobbies, learn new languages, and explore places I never dreamed of exploring. “


Skills for Life

Program At A Glance


Latin America Skillmester

Dates Offered
February 14, 2021 - May 9, 2021

Duration 12 weeks

Panama, Peru, Costa Rica

Spring 2021 Early application Sep 1, 2020

Spring 2021 Final application Jan 1, 2021

Spring 2021 Extended application Jan 15, 2021

  • Week 1 Orientation
  • Weeks 2-3 Business bootcamp in Panama City
  • Week 4 Trek Peru's Inca Trail & white water raft
  • Weeks 5-6 Life in the tropics in Costa Rica
  • Weeks 7-8 Sustainable living at Rancho Mastatal
  • Weeks 9-10 Scuba certification, surfing, water safety
  • Weeks 11-12 Apprenticeships & cultural immersion
Spanish language & Costa Rican culture, Entrepreneurship, Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Permaculture farming & natural building, PADI Scuba certification
Partners (Partial List)
Giro Urbano Foundation, Outward Bound Costa Rica, Rancho Mastatal, Pacific Coast Dive Center, ConnectOcean, Monteverde Institute

Hotel, homestay, tents

Program Fee


Fees include in-program airfare, local transportation, in-program skills training, local travel on all programming days, all meals, lodging, and emergency medical and evacuation insurance.

Fees do not include airfare to orientation and home at the program end or local transportation and optional activities on free days.

Details & Schedule subject to change.

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