Pure Life celebrates 10 years of operations with their AEE Accreditation renewal. Operating Pure Life Adventure in a foreign country like Costa Rica is complex. Accreditation is an important part of operating a safe and quality program. “AEE Accreditation is a costly and time-consuming process, but we believe it is more than worth it to ensure that we are operating according to the most up-to-date standards in our field so that we can provide the best, safest and most impactful programming for our students.” Said Allan Capp owner and Program Director.
The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) is the premier accrediting body for outdoor programs. Since 1994, AEE has offered the most comprehensive standards for common practices in adventure and outdoor behavioral healthcare programs. The AEE Accreditation Program is a standards-based evaluation process by objective, independent reviewers and has become the industry-accepted professional evaluation level for experiential and adventure programs.
AEE assigns two people to visit facilities to review applicants’ processes, activities, and programs. These individuals also perform a thorough, third-party review of all manuals, training materials, and policies surrounding every aspect of the Pure Life program. This independent review aims to ensure that all requirements are met for accreditation purposes. AEE Accreditation contributes to the professionalization of the field and the well-being of participants and program personnel worldwide. Once accredited, a program is required to renew every three years. Pure Life was first accredited in 2019 and has just completed the second round of accreditation.
Our founder, Andrew Taylor, originally came to Costa Rica as an adventure guide in 2003, and after ten years of experience, he opened Pure Life Adventure. Pure Life Adventure is now celebrating 10 years of operations.
“We’ve seen many people and programs set up shop in Costa Rica without any experience, and quickly close when they realize how difficult it is to operate safely and in compliance with Costa Rica. We’re grateful to celebrate 10 years in operations and we believe all that time and experience have contributed to our success in running a safe and sustainable program. We are so pleased to have renewed our AEE Accreditation so that we can focus on doing what we do best—helping youth struggling with mental health and social challenges in an exciting environment like Costa Rica.” says Andrew Taylor.
Pure Life Adventure uses researched-based techniques with integrated therapeutic models throughout its adventure therapy program. Based in Costa Rica, Pure Life’s adventure therapy program works with struggling adolescents and young adults to build self-efficacy, teach healthy coping strategies, behavioral and emotional regulation, leadership skills, and life skills that will allow participants to become independent, productive, and successful adults. For more information about Pure Life’s adventure therapy model and admission process, please visit http://www.purelifeadventure.com