Our Story


Tropical Adventures was founded by Scott Pralinsky in 2005 out of his personal experience immersing himself in the culture of Costa Rica, learning the language, sharing perspectives with locals and fostering personal and cultural understanding through service and volunteering.

Pralinsky says, When we started out, we really did not know what we were doing. We just knew that we wanted to do something to help out our own community. Once we started doing research and getting out to meet all the individual communities and families and hearing their stories it was really hard to figure out where to start. There was so much need out there and, of course, we wanted to help everyone. But we just started one school at a time, one family at a time. And before we knew it, things took off like crazy. Now we look back just a few years later and it´s unbelievable how many people we have helped and how many of those people we consider to be part of our family. It´s the best job I´ve ever had in my life!

Scott Pralinsky, is founder and Executive Director of the Tropical Adventures Foundation. His previous experience includes 13 years designing and teaching courses to the US Air Force and being a subject matter expert in the area of international crisis response. Outside of his work with the government, Scott also consulted privately for senior executives and board members on merger and acquisition issues for various international corporations, including Smith Barney and Time Warner. Now a Costa Rican citizen, Scott has lived in Costa Rica since 2004 and holds a graduate degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.



     " Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."

Danny Thomas