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 >

Week of July 8th: Girl Scout & Open Enrollment Course Updates

We are getting into peak high season with seven Girl Scout and Open Enrollment groups out on course! Here is what all of our groups have been up to this week: GIRL SCOUT DESTINATIONS Catching Waves This 11-day course went by so quickly! Nine Girl Scouts were out on course in Playa Uvita with our […] Read More >

This Week in Girl Scout Destination Adventures

Last weekend, we welcomed three more Girl Scout groups: Catching Waves, Service Challenge (Session 2), and Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure (Session 2)! They’ve all been spread across Costa Rica and Panama on different adventures, from learning how to surf in Costa Rica to volunteering with local communities in Panama. Catching Waves: After arriving to Costa Rica […] Read More >

Girl Scout Troop 32222 Embrace a Challenge and Conquer Fears in Costa Rica

This group of ladies joined us for 7 action-packed days! The day after their arrival, they headed out to their remote launch point to begin the hike. Along the way, this custom group went waterfall rappelling down an 80-foot waterfall, and learned how to make sugar from raw sugar stalks. After volunteering at a local school in Piedras Blancas […] Read More >

Open Enrollment Students Learn to Scuba & Finish their Hike on CSS & SHH Courses

What have our Open Enrollment students been up to since we last posted? Volunteering, hiking, and gaining scuba diving certifications! Caribbean, Scuba & Service (Session 1) We were thrilled to hear all of our students passed their scuba certifications in Panama earlier this week! They each studied up for their test and gained experience in […] Read More >

Student Updates! SSTA, SC, SHH, CSS & Custom:

Written By: Maia Seals Edited By: Brynna Rao This week we have five groups out on course in Costa Rica and Panama! Our Scuba & Sea Turtle and Service Challenge Girls Scouts have just a few days left of adventures with us and are returning home this Saturday. For Service, Hike & Homestay, Caribbean Scuba […] Read More >

Girl Scouts Dance & Discover Costa Rica in their First Week

Written by: Brynna Rao Last Saturday, eighteen Girl Scouts arrived at our rainforest base to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. See what each expedition group has been up to this week! Service Challenge (Session #1) Thirteen Girl Scouts broke in their work boots this past Sunday as they  completed their first service project […] Read More >

Welcome Victoria Blades, Communications Intern

Hometown:   Coatbridge, Scotland Education: M.A (Hons) Joint French & Spanish from University of St Andrews, Scotland About: From an early age, Victoria has been fascinated by languages and cultures different than her own and has undertaken work on different projects around the world—focusing on cross-cultural cooperation, education and community development. Most recently, she spent 6 […] Read More >

Meet Donna: Chef, Artist, & Outward Bound CR Instructor

Edited & Written By: Maia Seals and Brynna Rao Our talented staff and instructors come from all around the globe and strive to make each student experience valuable and inspiring. Each group that journeys with us brings a new dynamic, which not only helps students learn about who they are, but helps teach instructors more about […] Read More >

20 Tico Spanish Expressions To Learn Before Visiting Costa Rica:

Yes, there are gorgeous beaches, majestic volcanoes, incredible rainforest, and fantastic wildlife. But perhaps the best thing about Costa Rica is its people, culture, and what they can teach us about how to live a happier lifestyle. It’s in their very language — a philosophy of letting go, relaxing, and knowing how to enjoy life. […] Read More >