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5 Common Costa Rican Creatures Found at Manuel Antonio

Costa Rica is known for beautiful beaches and exotic wildlife galore, and there are few better places for this tropical combination than Manuel Antonio. This must-see destination hosts one of the country’s most visited National Parks, as it exemplifies both the idyllic sandy Pacific coast as well as the lush rainforest full of fascinating creatures. Located […] Read More >


Communications & Marketing Director Position

The Communications & Marketing Director oversees all communication and marketing efforts and directly manages three to four staff members with the ultimate aim of effectively promoting all Outward Bound Costa Rica programs, communicating the organizational brand and increasing student enrollment/participation. This position requires relocating to Costa Rica and committing to a 3-year contract. The Communications […] Read More >


Waterfront Lifeguarding: Train for Safety at the Beach

Do you love swimming at the beach in the pounding ocean? Or do you prefer to the tranquility of a lake? Either way, you might be interested in earning your Waterfront Lifeguarding certification, just one of the internationally recognized certifications offered on our Outdoor Leader Semester and our River to Sea Leadership Semester. Keep reading […] Read More >


Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: February 19th

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students recently completed their Whitewater Rescue Technician training on the Pacuare River. During this phase of their course, the students explored the rivers of Costa Rica while learning and practicing  techniques such as safely swimming through rapids, reading whitewater, swiftwater rescue, self-rescue and personal safety. “The river was our first sense of […] Read More >


Featured Alumni Ambassador: Olivia Martin

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 Ambassador […] Read More >


The History of Outward Bound Costa Rica: A Crash Course

    For the past 20 years, Outward Bound Costa Rica has challenged participants to live bigger, bolder lives as the leader of outdoor and experiential education in Central America with courses in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. Outward Bound, a non-profit organization facilitating outdoor education, was founded more than 70 years ago and has schools […] Read More >


Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: February 9th

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students have been in Costa Rica for more than a week, completing Wilderness First Responder training on our rainforest base. During their rigorous training, the group learned skills such as First Aid and CPR, practiced rescue scenarios in the wilderness, and studied for a technical exam. “I learned almost as much about myself […] Read More >


Six Benefits of Summer Programs Abroad

Whether you’re hiking through the remote rainforest, scuba diving coral reefs, or learning to surf in warm water breaks, our Outward Bound Costa Rica Summer Expeditions are packed with adrenaline-pumping fun. But fun aside, there are numerous educational and cognitive benefits of participating in an international education summer program abroad. Let’s take a look at […] Read More >


Welcoming Our Spring 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester Students

Yesterday our Spring 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester students arrived at base to start their 65-day adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. Nine students are joining us from California, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Canada. “I have always been very physical, and I love the outdoors… so Outward Bound [Costa Rica] was a natural […] Read More >


Communications & Marketing Internship in Costa Rica: Summer 2015

Who We Are Founded in 1994, Outward Bound Costa Rica School offers a range of experiential education programs promising challenging physical activities across Costa Rica and Panama with a focus on personal development, leadership, and cultural immersion. Participants include mostly high school and college-age young people from diverse international backgrounds. We also offer special courses […] Read More >


Girl Scouts travel to Costa Rica to participate in a service adventure [VIDEO]

Every year Girl Scouts travel to Costa Rica to participate in service adventures. This December, Girl Scout troop 5644 from Virginia joined us in Costa Rica for a customized Group Program. During their eight-day course, the girls made a difference in local communities while participating in culturally-rich service projects working with the indigenous Cabecar population in […] Read More >


¡Bienvenido a wade! OBCR’s new Communications and Marketing Intern

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Communications and Marketing Intern, Wade Angeli, to our communications team! Wade will be assisting the team with program outreach, enrollment, creating marketing materials, managing social media, and blogging. He looks forward to using his skills and experience to promote OBCR. Wade Angeli Hometown: Centreville, VA Education: […] Read More >


How to Save a Life: First Aid, CPR and AED Certification Training

One of the most basic certifications that we require for all instructors at Outward Bound is the First Aid, CPR and AED certification. This is one of the seven internationally recognized certifications that participants on our Outdoor Leader Semester course earn. This certification is also featured on some of our Gap Year & Semester programs as well as […] Read More >


¡Bienvenida a Gabriella! OBCR’s New Enrollment Manager

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Enrollment Manager, Gabriella Subia Smith to our communications team! Gabriella will be responsible for managing and developing student enrollment for OBCR’s Summer Expeditions, Gap Year & Semester Courses, and Girl Scout Destinations. She looks forward to using her skills and experience to inspire and guide […] Read More >


Featured Alumni Ambassador: Becca Phillips

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 Ambassador […] Read More >


Girl Scouts serve local communities, soak up culture and adventure with Venture & Volunteer

This past week, 25 Girl Scouts joined us in Costa Rica for our Venture & Volunteer Girl Scout Destinations program. During their time in the land of ‘Pura Vida,’ the Girl Scouts worked alongside community members in the culturally rich region of Talamanca to repair a local school and complete other service projects. “I enjoyed […] Read More >


Featured Alumni Ambassador: Maddie Ebest

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 […] Read More >


‘Twas the Night Before Navidad

Merry Christmas from all of us at Outward Bound Costa Rica! Curious what the holiday season is like for us on our rainforest base? We scripted this poem to give you some insight. Enjoy! Read More >


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 […] Read More >


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 […] Read More >