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5 Best Ways to Prevent Insect Bites & Stings

  Outward Bound Costa Rica has been welcoming students to Costa Rica and Panama for more than twenty-five years.  We know how to prepare for safe travel.  We understand that you may be concerned about Zika and other mosquito-born diseases being present in Central America and though none of our courses take place in affected areas, we […] Read More >


University of Washington Custom Group Hike, Surf & Raft in Costa Rica!

Students from the University of Washington were amongst the privileged few to see and experience our special route for rainforest trekking in the area of Piedras Blancas. The group learned how to make meals by the fire and experience different forest types as their hike led them through areas of different elevations. They stayed with homestay families along the […] Read More >


¡BIENVENIDA A JULIE! OBCR’S NEW GROUP PROGRAMS & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Group Programs & Partnerships Manager, Julie Duthey to our Communications team. Julie will be responsible for managing and developing Custom Courses and partnerships, so that more participants get to experience our life-changing outdoor adventures in Costa Rica and Panama. Julie Duthey: Custom Course and Partnerships Manager Hometown: Valenciennes, […] Read More >


Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Brynna Boyd

Name: Brynna Boyd Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge 2016 What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I wanted to be able to do service and see a new place. I had researched and learned about Costa Rica in school, and I […] Read More >


Why I Moved 3,209 Miles to Intern with Outward Bound Costa Rica

Looking back, it’s a little crazy that I ended up in Costa Rica this semester. I have always been a little spontaneous in life. I try to embrace everything life throws at me and make it work in my favor. On January 6th of this year, I got an email offering me a Marketing & […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- August 9th

Pacific Surf & Cert #3 Our last Summer Expedition is fully underway! Three students from Rainforest Hike & Homestay and four students from Caribbean Scuba & Service have come together for a week of surfing and service. Everyone in the group has been able to stand up on their boards and, thanks to good conditions, […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- August 2nd

Pacific Surf & Cert #2 After a week spent surfing in Costa Rica, it is time to bid farewell to our four students of Pacific Surf & Cert #2. During the past week, these four students earned their CPR, AED and First Aid certifications, all while enjoying the beautiful Avellanas beach in Costa Rica. We wish these […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Students Updates – July 28th

CATCHING WAVES #1 This Tuesday marked the end of our Catching Waves #1 Girl Scout Destination. Students completed their week of surfing as better surfers and travelers! The group goes home with memories, new friends and skills. We wish all them the best of luck in all their future endeavors. SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #3 The Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #3 participants spent […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- July 26th

Pacific Surf & Cert #2 Our Pacific Surf & Cert #2 expedition is fully underway! Three students from Rainforest Hike & Homestay and one student from Caribbean Scuba & Service have joined together this week to finish their Summer Expeditions at Avellanas beach in Costa Rica. Over the next few days, these four students will […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Students Updates – July 21st

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #3 During their time on course, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #3 participants had time to bond in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and drank coconut water from coconuts just cut with a machete near the jungle and the beach! The girls tried trust falls where they had to trust their course […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates – July 19th

PACIFIC SURF & CERT #1 After a week spent surfing in Costa Rica, it is time to bid farewell to our five students of Pacific Surf & Cert #1.  The students surfed with our instructors who provided them with holistic, one-on-one surfing classes. The group also had the opportunity to get First Aid/CPR certified while enjoying the beauty and culture of […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – July 14th

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #2 For the second part of their course, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #2 Girl Scout participants spent a day at the beach and enjoyed the beauty of Panama. “What has surprised me the most is how beautiful this country is and how everything is different from back home,” said Caroline A. from Menomonee Falls, […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- July 12th

Rainforest Hike & Homestay #1 This weekend marked the end of our Rainforest Hike & Homestay #1. Two students from this group are moving on to Caribbean Scuba & Service #2, and two will be joining our Pacific Surf & Cert #1. “I learned so much about not only myself but how I impact the […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – July 7th

Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #2 During their first days, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #2 Girl Scouts stayed at San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve in Panama where they performed night patrols and built sustainable habitats for the baby turtles. The girls had the opportunity to plant trees at San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve and felt very […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- July 5th

Caribbean Scuba & Service #1 After arriving in Panama on Monday, the Caribbean Scuba & Service Session #1 students spent their first week getting their scuba diving certifications in Bocas del Toro, completing lessons and dives in the wonderful Caribbean waters. Students were able to get up-close views of a variety of tropical fish and see bioluminescence on a night […] Read More >


Course Update: Girl Scout Troop Helps Local School & Experiences Waterfall Rappel Challenge – July 1st

The Girl Scout Troop 3161 has been busy since its arrival in Costa Rica last week: the group has made its way through the community of San Isidro, hiked to Rancho Tinamu and participated in traditional activities, along with outdoor adventures. The group of eight Girl Scouts and their three chaperones, all from New York, participated in […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – June 30th

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #1 After spending several days in San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve in Panama, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #1 Girl Scouts spent a day biking from Bocas del Toro to Playa Bluff. The students enjoyed the morning clement weather by exploring the beaches of Isla Carenero.. On their course, the Scuba & Sea Turtle […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates – June 28th

Rainforest Hike & Homestay #1 Six students arrived in Costa Rica over the weekend to begin their extensive trek through the rainforest. The group has come from Mexico City, California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Texas and Washington. Their first day on our rainforest base was spent getting to know each other and working in a local community garden. […] Read More >


Girl Scout Troop Visit Costa Rica to Hike Through the Rainforest & Visit National Parks – June 27th

The Girl Scout USA Troop 3161 has arrived at our rainforest base in Costa Rica this past Saturday. Their Sunday started with a trip to the community of San Isidro de Dota, where they will work with the community on a service project in this area that only a few privileged travelers see and experience, far […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – June 23rd

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #1 After their arrival at our Rainforest Base, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #1 Girl Scouts spent several days in San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve helping with local sea turtle conservation efforts by performing night patrols and building sustainable habitats. “It was such an amazing experience and I’ll never forget holding the […] Read More >