This popular combination of a service trip and leadership expedition takes place in a biodiversity hotspot, Camp Osa, located on a peninsula in a remote region of Costa Rica. This country contains 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity and shelters the largest remaining population of jaguars and tapirs. The peninsula has unfortunately suffered from extensive deforestation during the twentieth century, and thus has a pressing need for conservation programs. A thoughtful combination of meaningful service activities and leadership exercises creates a truly unique educational experience for students. In addition, many educators work with us to transform this service trip into a unique design-thinking experience that combines pre-trip interactions with our field study center in Costa Rica with the opportunity to develop and implement solutions for the local community around the very real-world challenges and issues the students have been exploring in class.