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Costa Rican Christmas Tamales Recipe in 7 Easy Steps

In Costa Rica, one of the most time-honored and delicious holiday traditions is Christmas tamales. For generations, Tico families have marked the holiday season by preparing tamales, a dish of seasoned meat rolled in cornmeal dough and wrapped in banana leaves, to share with family members and friends. Throughout the month of December it is […]

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Discover Your Potential with Our Outdoor Leader Semester [VIDEO]

  Our Fall 2014 Outdoor Leader Semester students finish their course today. They have spent the past 65 days with us, training in seven internationally-recognized outdoor certifications in Costa Rica and Panama. We have been privileged to watch their personal growth and are so proud of all they have accomplished. We recently sat down with them […]

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Farewell to Our Fall 2014 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Students!

Today we bid a bittersweet farewell to our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students. The students spent 85 days on course with us, challenging themselves with activities in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua while stepping out of their comfort zone and immersing themselves in Central American culture. As the cornerstone activity of the course, the […]

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Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: December 4th

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students recently completed the rafting phase of their course, spending several days forging the Pejibaye and Sarapiqui rivers while learning about the leadership elements of raft guiding. “Changing rivers was awesome because we got to see the differences between them,” said Pedro S. from Caracas, Venezuela. Their exploration of the rivers […]

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Featured Alumni Ambassador: Hannah Stuart

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and their amazing accomplishments. Participants of our Alumni Ambassador program help spread the word about their life changing experiences on course. If you would like to join the team and be a featured alumnus on our blog, start by filling out our Alumni […]

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Coast to Coast Semester Student Update: November 26th

  Our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students are back on our rainforest base today after completing course phases in Nicaragua and Panama. We posted their latest photos on Facebook and are excited to share more updates here. In Nicaragua, the students experienced the country’s unique culture by spending time with local families, making traditional […]

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Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: November 11

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students returned to our rainforest base yesterday after completing a 10-day hiking phase through Central Costa Rica. During their trek the students pushed their limits while hiking through the rainforest and mountains, camping under tarps and staying with local families in the town of Piedras Blancas. “It’s an experience unlike anything I’ve ever […]

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How to Recycle in Costa Rica

Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica we love the Earth. We love the fresh mud that covers our trails as we trek out in the morning. We love the roaring rapids that greet our raft as we embark down the Pacuare River. We love the lush green of the rainforest that surrounds us as morning […]

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Featured Alumni Ambassador: Mia Blackwell

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and their amazing accomplishments. Participants of our Alumni Ambassador program help spread the word about their life changing experiences on course. If you would like to join the team and be a featured alumnus on our blog, start by filling out our Alumni […]

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Work for OBCR: Spring 2015 Communications & Marketing Intern

Our Organization Founded in 1994, Outward Bound Costa Rica offers a range of experiential education programs promising challenging physical activities across Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama with a focus on personal development, leadership, and cultural immersion. Our Communications Office is a collaborative team of four responsible for all communications, sales, marketing and customer service tasks […]

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Coast to Coast Semester Student Update: October 24th

  Our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students are in the thick of their 24-day hike through Costa Rica that will lead them from the Caribbean to Pacific coasts. We have shared their photos on Facebook and are excited to provide more updates here. At a recent check-in point, our staff joined them for a […]

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Coast to Coast Semester Student Update: October 14th

This past week, our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students officially embarked on their cornerstone trek. Starting at the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, the students are working their way through diverse landscapes, ranging from world-class beaches to lush rainforests to remote mountain ranges. At the end of their 24 days, they will have trekked across […]

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Enrollment Manager Position

The Communications Office is a small, collaborative team responsible for all communications, sales, marketing and customer service tasks organization-wide. Staffers are charged with increasing course participation across all target audiences and ensuring excellent customer service with regard to stakeholder communication – from prospective students, to families of students currently on course, to alumni and partners. […]

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Incoming College Freshmen Bring Life Lessons from Costa Rican Rainforest to the Classroom

This September, 21 incoming freshmen students from the University of Washington joined us for a 11-day Group Program adventure full of challenging expeditions, cultural immersion, and unforgettable experiences with new-found friends as they prepared to face their first year of college. See what they have to say about their experience! The group pushed themselves as they trekked through the […]

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Reaches Rainforests of Costa Rica [VIDEO]

After being challenged by friends and family, Outward Bound Costa Rica staffers decided to take a new approach to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a ice-cold dunk in a jungle waterfall… And we got it all on video! In traditional Outward Bound style, the OBCR Communications team set out on a two-hour trek behind our […]

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Why Experts Say Getting Outside Is Good For You

Running around outside is not only more fun than staring at a TV screen; it’s essential for your health! Studies have shown that spending time outdoors has numerous physical, mental, and social benefits. Programs like Outward Bound are designed to help participants get up close and personal with the outdoors and experiencing these benefits first-hand. Here are […]

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Pacific Wave & Water #3 Update-August 14th

This past weekend we welcomed our last Summer Expedition course whose itinerary includes plenty of thrilling adventures on the water in their days to come. The group headed to our rainforest base in Tres Rios from the airport where they were greeted by their first customary dish of rice and beans and introduced themselves while also getting to […]

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Caribbean Scuba & Service #2 Update-August 8th

The group completed their scuba diving training with Executive Director Jim Rowe last week on the island of Solarte and prepared for their four day sea-kayak expedition! During the expedition, students paddled in single and double kayaks through the archipelago and calm mangroves of Bocas Del Toro. The waters were very tranquil through the mangroves because […]

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Pacific Wave & Water #2 Update- August 8th

Last week the group of six finished up their stay at our Manuel Antonio base and packed up their surfboards for their next water adventure in Avellanas. In Avellanas, instructors Carlos and Spencer assisted the group in the set-up of their tents along the sandy beaches under the Pacific sunset. For the next few days, […]

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Top Footwear for a Costa Rican Adventure

  So you have decided on your outdoor adventure and are preparing for the trip of your life, checking your packing list twice, telling your friends, buying supplies–but wait, what about your shoes? Having adequate and sufficient footwear can be one of the most important aspects in being prepared to embark on your Outward Bound Costa Rica course. […]

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