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HIOBS: Patrol 2 — Anchoring for an Outward Bound Experience

In late March, the second patrol of Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) students docked their sailboat in Florida to trade their view of coastal blue water for the lush rainforest landscapes of Costa Rica. This patrol of ten young men are experiencing a unique 5-phase expedition that includes sailing with Hurricane Island Outward Bound […] Read More >


STAFF STORIES: An Open Farewell Letter to Spring OLS Students

Written by: Bailey Palmer, Field Instructor Photos By: Spring OLS Students— Leon, Joey, and Solveig To my Spring 2017 OLSers, Congratulations! You all have officially completed your leadership course with us here at Outward Bound Costa Rica. I hope you all know how incredibly proud I am of each and every one of you for all you’ve […] Read More >


OLS UPDATE: Saving Baby Cows and Swimming Amongst the Stars

Written by: Maia Seals Photos: Bailey Palmer & Luis Zamora Since traversing the mountains as reported in our last blogpost update, our Outdoor Leadership Semester (OLS) students have been to Panama and back again! Last week, they packed and prepared their gear for an epic adventure to gain their scuba certifications and volunteer on local Panamanian […] Read More >


STAFF STORIES: From Cold Northwest Territories of Canada to Tropical Costa Rica

Written by: Julie Duthey, Group Programs and Partnerships Manager For the past couple of months, I have been working on very special project: establishing a connection between the Cabécar community of Nimari-Ñak, in the region of Turrialba (introduced to me by OBCR Instructor Orlando Zamora) and the students of First Nations communities from the Northwest Territories […] Read More >


Mountaintop Revelations with the Outdoor Leadership Semester Students

After spending two weeks on intensive Wilderness First Responder training and practicals, our Outdoor Leadership Semester (OLS) students were anxious to stretch their legs along the Costa Rican mountain range. They traveled from homestay to homestay and with each new visit, our students appreciated the simplicity of life here and how cultures, even sub-cultures, differ […] Read More >


Sisters on the Fly Conquer the Mountains in Costa Rica

  Sisters on the Fly (SOTF), the largest Women’s Outdoor Adventure group in the country, joined us for an incredible 8-day Group Program hike through the lush mountainous area far from the tourist route. SOTF spent their first night on our rainforest base near San Jose, and the next morning, began their trek in the southwest […] Read More >


Welcome Maia Seals, Communications & Marketing Intern

Hometown: Bordentown, New Jersey Maia received her first camera at the age of nine years old. She studied darkroom and digital photography at Buxton High School, a boarding school in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It was there that she began to develop an eye for photography, as well as a need for exploration. She majored in Journalism […] Read More >


2017 Spring OLS gains their certifications!

 Our Outdoor Leader Semester group was back on base for the last 2 weeks studying and practicing to gain their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & Technical Ropes (TRRO) certifications.  It wasn’t easy sitting in class for the majority of their days, but they did it with ease. It’s not easy being the victim for the […] Read More >


Welcome Brynna Rao, Media & Marketing Manager

Brynna is a photographer, videographer, and digital media strategist born in Cheshire, Connecticut. She graduated university in 2014 with honors, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services and Spanish from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After university, she became the first full-time employee at The Adventure Project, an international nonprofit in New […] Read More >


Welcome Maria Fernanda Batista as our OBCR Open Enrollment Manager

We are pleased to welcome Maria Fernanda Batista to our Outward Bound Costa Rica family.  Maria will have responsibility for our summer and semester open enrollment courses, as well as our USA Girl Scout Destinations course. Maria comes to OBCR from AFS Costa Rica where she was Educational Coordinator. In addition to her responsibilities as […] Read More >


OLS Students Brave the Rivers of Costa Rica

Our Outdoor Leader Semester group of 11 students spent the past 9 days on the Pacuare and the Sarapiqui rivers receiving their Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) certification. They also began their training for their International Rafting Federation (IRF) raft guiding certification. The Pacuare has been named in the Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers for rafting […] Read More >


OBCR Welcomes OLS Students

Bienvenido OLS (Outdoor Leadership Semester) students! Their orientation day is now over, now it’s time to start packing! After a good night’s rest they will head for their first day on the river tomorrow: we can’t wait to hear all about it!     Read More >


Hiring a Marketing & Media Manager

OBCR is currently looking for a Marketing & Media Manager to complete our dynamic office. 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 […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Semester Update – December 15

Coast to Coast Semester After 85 days together, our Coast to Coast Semester group headed home on Tuesday. “I’ve changed so much over the course of this trip, but definitely the change that stands out to me the most is my overall attitude and outlook on life. I wake up every day happy and excited now” […] Read More >


Semester Update – December 8th

Coast to Coast Semester Today is the final day of the sea kayak expedition for the Coast to Coast Semester group. “With only one week left, the group is enjoying every second,” said Bailey, one of their instructors. “And reflecting on all they’ve been through over the past 79 days.” Each morning, the group paddled […] Read More >


Meet our New Alumni Ambassador: Samantha Major

Name: Samantha Major Hometown: Natick, MA Occupation: College Student Course name/year: Costa Rica Service Challenge – 2015   What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course because I was looking for an international adventure where I was able to help people […] Read More >


Semester Update – November 29th

Coast to Coast Semester Coast to Coast participants have completed their 26-day hike and are now enjoying staying in Panama. They have been scuba diving, snorkeling around our dock campsite, and wakeboarding. “They are loving not having to carry all their belongings on their back,” said Bailey, one of their instructors. “But there hasn’t been […] Read More >


Khadija Jallow: Keeping The Bajo Cuen Library Project Going (GS Gold Award)

Khadija came down on our Girl Scout Service Challenge last summer and felt inspired to pursue her Gold Award to further stock the library she helped build in Talamanca. She created a website for donations and more information.which you can find with a link to here.  1. What made you chose to do an Outward […] Read More >


Semester Programs Update – November 23rd

Coast to Coast Semester The Coast to Coast group is still on their trek from one Coast of Costa Rica to the other. Students have had the chance to stay with homestay families along the way. “The group is doing great,” said Mauren, one of their instructors. As part of their hiking phase, Coast to […] Read More >


5 Reasons to Earn International Outdoor Certifications

Our programs, including Semester and Summer programs, give the opportunity to our students to earn internationally-recognized certifications. But why is this important? We’ve come up with the five most important reasons why you should consider earning your outdoor certifications, whether or not you want to be an outdoor professional: 1. Safety For you and others: going […] Read More >