Surf House Puerto Rico is a holistic community for young people, ages 17.5 to 25, seeking a gap year experience to help them improve their college and career readiness. Surf House offers a model that fully integrates Clinically Informed Life Coaching℠, individualized educational services, and wellness development, coupled with a rich international experience and challenge or water-based recreational activities. During their 8 to 12 month stay, students work in partnership with their clinically-trained Life Coach to create a viable plan for the future by implementing an educational strategy, developing critical life skills, taking personal responsibility, and engaging in community-based activities through volunteerism, an internship, or employment. Students learn the importance of being aware of their needs in all aspects of their life and how to address those needs by living a balanced lifestyle that fosters autonomy and financial independence while empowering them to pursue their passions and grow personally.
Surf House Puerto Rico is designed to help you transition from your current situation to being self-reliant and living independently. You will be responsible for developing a Life Map that drives your experience at Surf House. We will ask you to honestly assess your strengths, abilities and aptitudes; then, using these personal assets, find a realistic direction for your life. Together, we will evaluate future possibilities, identify your passions and develop a plan that supports you in becoming the autonomous and independent adult you want to be.
Regardless of whether you found our website through your own search or at the recommendation of your parents or an educational consultant, we are glad you are here. You need to know that Surf House isn’t easy. We expect you to work hard to reach your goals, support your peers, give back to the community, and be a leader. You will engage in academic course work, care for your shared living space, learn and practice foundational skills for independence, volunteer and work in the community and much more. You will also have fun while living in one of the most beautiful regions of the world as you experience the island of Puerto Rico through surfing and other adventure sports, explore national parks and historic sites, and participate in cultural events.
We love that you are interested in Surf House as an option for the emerging young adult in your family! If you and your son or daughter decidee that Surf House is a good fit for your family’s situation, you will be an important part of the support team of advisors that surround your son or daughter. But, we will ask you, as parents, to take a step back from making decisions about how your child’s needs are met and the directions s/he is choosing for the future. We ask young adults, in the course of their Surf House experience, to find their own realistic and obtainable direction—one they believe in and will work hard to achieve. You will have an important voice on the team and will have many opportunities to offer support and advise, but it is your child’s life and he or she needs to own it and lead it.