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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Students Build Friendships and Become a Team in Costa Rica

Students from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) arrived at our rainforest base on Saturday, December 16th—marking the start of their thru-hike journey to unspoiled rainforests and remote homestays far from the tourist route. This Custom Course was open to all UTC students. Some came with a friend, however, for many of them this was a […] Read More >


OBCR Tips: 10 Benefits of Hiking

Written by: Maia Seals, 2017 Communications & Marketing Intern 1. Improves cardio-respiratory and decreases blood pressure. Hiking promotes blood flow and circulation to improve your cardiovascular system—allowing you to breathe deeply and feel alive! 2. It’s sociable. Hikers always recommend using a buddy system. A regular weekend meet-up or a planned long-distance trek can help you […] Read More >


Fall 2017 Coast to Coast Completes Cross-Country Hike & OBCR Course

Coast to Coast completed their cross-country hike from the Pacific (top photo) to the Caribbean coast (bottom photo of Costa Rica last week! After 85 days of adventures, we were sad to see the five of them go this past Tuesday. This group was something special. After each course, instructors came back to our Communications […] Read More >


OBCR Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoor Lover

Instead of electronics, put on your wishlist items that will help you get outside, clear your mind, and get a leg up on your New Years Resolutions. These are items that we have tested in the field and highly recommend for hiking and camping: 1. Keen Voyageur Hiking Boots For long distance hiking we recommend […] Read More >


Announcing the Winner of our 2017 #OBCRAlumni Photo Contest

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our contest! It was such a difficult decision with many great submissions. The winning photos were blindly selected by our Communications Office staff. Our 2017 contest winners are… 1st Place Winner: Clara Holland A special congratulations to Clara Holland, the winner of the #OBCRAlumni Photo Contest! Her photo will be […] Read More >


Alumni Feature with Sara DiBiase: Setting Up a Life for Success on Course

A highlight of our week in the Communications Office is always hearing from alumni from past years. We recently got back in touch with Sara DiBiase, an alumna from a Custom Course with her high school back in February 2009! We asked if she’d be up for a interview, and it was incredible to hear […] Read More >


Join Our Team | Outward Bound Costa Rica

It’s never to early to start planning your Spring and Summer. We have one more internship opening for a Video & Media Production Intern. Join us at our rainforest base in Costa Rica! Forget about delivering coffee and writing posts that never see the light of day. You will directly support our Media & Marketing Manager […] Read More >


Guest Writer: Lucy Manlick Pens College Application Essay on Her OBCR Experience

Turtle Tracks Written by: Lucy Manlick I hear a shout in the distance, calling me to the night-blackened beach. This is it. The moment. The one I have been waiting for ever since we arrived here in Panama. The turtles are hatching. I take off running, trying to get to the hatchery as fast as […] Read More >


5 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica in the Rainy Season

When searching “best time to visit Costa Rica”, many sites say that it is best during the summer time aka the dry season. Dry season lasts from December to April. What they don’t tell you is that traveling to Costa Rica during the green season or rainy season (May to November) has its advantages. Here are the […] Read More >


University of Washington Freshman Students Begin Their First Year Bonding in Costa Rica

On September 9, 2017, seven First Year students and one chaperone from University of Washington (UW) arrived at our rainforest base. They were met by their instructors, Grace and Mauren, to begin preparing for a 29 mile hike through the high mountains of Costa Rica. Outward Bound Costa Rica has been partnering with University of […] Read More >


Alumni Feature with Hannah Moss: OBCR Alumna to Nuclear Engineer

Girl Scouts come from around the United States to join us on various service and adventure-based programs. 7 years ago, Texas native, Hannah Moss, joined us on an Outward Bound Costa Rica (OBCR) Girl Scout Destinations course. She now works as a Nuclear Engineer in Washington state! How cool! We reached out for an interview […] Read More >


Girl Scout Troop 6604 Make Lasting Memories Throughout Costa Rica and Panama

Four Girl Scouts and their parents from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois recently embarked on a 10-day adventure with us. On this unique course, the girls stepped out of their comfort zone through a variety of adventure activities—volunteering on service projects in Talamanca, travelling across the border to Panama, and participating […] Read More >


United World College CR Students from Northern Youth Abroad in Canada Complete Challenging Course

On August 3rd, Outward Bound Costa Rica welcomed five participants from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories of Canada for a 13-day Custom Course adventure. The students were accompanied by their chaperones from Northern Youth Abroad, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help the youth of from the Canadian North realize their potential, developing leadership skills and […] Read More >


The National Society of Leadership & Success Students Discover Panama with Outward Bound Costa Rica

Photos by: Gianna D’Aloia, NSLS member Seven students from The National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS) found an email in their inbox this past spring, describing an opportunity to discover Panama with Outward Bound Costa Rica this summer. The Panama 18+ Expedition course was full of outdoor activities from serving local communities, earning a scuba diving certificate […] Read More >


Open Enrollment: Surfing in Manuel Antonio with Pacific Surf & Cert

This week’s Pacific Surf & Cert students are the final Open Enrollment group for the Summer. Take a look what Grace and Julian have been up to: Pacific Surf & Cert #3 Saturday, we welcomed Julian flying in to meet his course mate, Grace, and their instructors for the week, Molly and Colvin. Grace was previously on Caribbean Scuba […] Read More >


Final Summer Enrollment Update: CSS #3 & PSS #2

It has been an eventful summer here at Outward Bound Costa Rica. We’ve had many groups join us on course! We are so happy to create a space where students create memories of a lifetime and push themselves out of their comfort zones. As we welcome in the month of August, we give you the […] Read More >


Surfing in Playa Uvita and Scuba Diving in Panama: Open Enrollment Student Updates

As high-season begins to wind down, students soak up their first and last moments in the Costa Rican and Panamanian sun. This past Saturday, we received our last bunch of students for Caribbean Scuba & Service as well as for Pacific Surf & Service. Three groups, including Pacific Surf & Cert, have been learning about […] Read More >


Girl Scout Destinations Update: Painting, Scuba Diving, and Trekking through Costa Rica & Panama

Take a look at what our Girl Scouts have been up to this week on course! Rainforest River & Reef (Session 2), Service Challenge (Session 3), and Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure (Session 3) Girl Scouts have been knee deep in adventures. We’ll be sad to see them go this Saturday! Rainforest River & Reef […] Read More >


Scuba, Service, & Surf: Open Enrollment Student Update!

Although many of our open enrollment students have been with us for a while, joining us for weeks at a time to enjoy various excursions, this past weekend we received 7 new students for 18+ Panama! All 7 are members of our esteemed partner,  The National Society of Leadership and Success. So far, all of […] Read More >


Planting Trees, Hiking, and Conservation: Girl Scout Updates!

This past Saturday we received 3 new groups of Girl Scouts: Service Challenge #3, Rainforest River & Reef #2, and Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #3. Since their arrival on Saturday, the groups have all spread out to various parts of Costa Rica and Panama to begin service projects and excursions. Here is where they […] Read More >