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Florida Keys to Costa Rica Leadership Semester Update: March 1st

The students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School recently returned to our Costa Rican rainforest base from a surfing phase in Playa Uvita, an ideal spot for beginners. For many of the students, this phase of their course was their first experience surfing. “I was able to stand on the board and catch broken waves from the […] Read More >


Meet Bailey: Student to Instructor with the Outdoor Leader Semester

Bailey Palmer Hometown: Ventura, California OLS Fall 2014 Alum Bailey was just 13 years old when she completed her first course as a Girl Scout with Outward Bound Costa Rica. This first experience showed her she was capable of more than she ever thought- she couldn’t wait to come back! Bailey returned the following three summers for […] Read More >


Welcome to the Florida Keys to Costa Rica Leadership Semester Students

We were thrilled to welcome the students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School at our rainforest base in San Ramon de Tres Rios yesterday as they prepare to go on a month-and-a-half adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. The ten students joining us will get the chance to learn about the philosophy of Outward Bound, push their […] Read More >


Featured Alumni Ambassador: Samantha Warren

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 form.  Name: Samantha Warren […] Read More >


Explore 2016 Summer Expeditions With Videos & Guide

Imagine stepping barefoot onto a bed of soft sand, the grains slipping between your toes and the warm sun on your skin as you and your surfboard get ready to hit the waves for the day. Or hiking through a dense, green rainforest, the crisp smell of the outdoors instantly overtaking your nostrils, the sound […] Read More >


Pink Pangea Joins Outward Bound Costa Rica For Whitewater Rafting Adventure

This past week Outward Bound Costa Rica had the opportunity to share a day on course with writers from Pink Pangea, a community for women who love to travel and write. Nine women from across the United States and Canada traveled with Pink Pangea to Costa Rica for a Yoga & Writing Retreat facilitated by […] Read More >


Welcome to Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester

Yesterday our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester Students arrived at our rainforest base in San Ramon de Tres Rios to start their 70-day adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. Seven students are joining us from across the United States to learn about the philosophy of Outward Bound as they challenge themselves with adventure activities and earn seven internationally recognized […] Read More >


Girl Scouts Aid in Sea Turtle Conservation: New Video!

Every year, participants on our Sea Turtle Retreat and Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure Girl Scout Destinations join Outward Bound Costa Rica in aiding with sea turtle conservation efforts. Girl Scouts on these programs venture to Playa Ostional in the Ostional Wildlife Reserve of Costa Rica and San San Pond Sak Wetlands in Bocas del […] Read More >


Special Discount for Members of the National Society of High School Scholars

  Outward Bound Costa Rica and The National Society of High School Scholars are pleased to announce a partnership that offers NSHSS members an opportunity to participate on our outdoor adventure programs in Costa Rica and Panama at a discounted price.   NSHSS members receive a 10% discount on each course. The discount can be applied towards published tuition for any of our courses, […] Read More >


¡Bienvenida A Cahner! OBCR’s New Marketing & Media Intern

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Marketing & Media intern, Cahner Olson to our communications team. Cahner will assist us with our social media, design and outreach efforts. A talented photographer, she will also use her creative abilities to tell the story of Outward Bound Costa Rica through photographs and video. Cahner […] Read More >


Earn Your Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification

Knowing how to react in a stressful situation is valuable in any career or life path. Add in potentially life-threatening injuries, hazardous weather conditions, and being hours away from the nearest hospital and knowing how to react, providing initial treatment and continuing care for someone can save a life. That’s where a Wilderness Advanced First […] Read More >


Girl Scouts Aid in Local Wildlife Conservation Efforts on Sea Turtle Retreat

Thirty Girl Scouts from across the United States recently rang in the New Year “pura vida” style with Outward Bound Costa Rica on our Sea Turtle Retreat Girl Scout Destinations program. Costa Rica is home to a large sea turtle population. The turtles come to shore one to two times a month during the peak […] Read More >


Sea Turtle Arribada in Costa Rica

On a walk along the beach at dawn, the faint outline of hundreds of sea turtles comes into view.  The turtles drag their heavy bodies up the sand, dig nests, lay eggs, and then return to the sea. This is the beginning of the arribada. An arribada, which is Spanish for arrival, is the mass nesting […] Read More >


Featured Alumni Ambassador: Alex Stetler

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 >


Farewell to our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester Students

Today we bid farewell to our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester Students. The group of five spent 65 days with us, earning international certifications and gaining real-world leadership training while exploring Costa Rica and Panama. From scuba diving coral reefs in Bocas del Toro, to braving white water rapids on world-class rivers to hiking to the […] Read More >


Farewell to our Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Students

After 85 days of action-packed adventures, including whitewater rafting, scuba diving and a 26-day cross-country trek, the time has come to bid farewell to our Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students. “Coast to Coast is both a physical and mental journey through Costa Rica with a product consisting of a new you and […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Student Update: December 2nd

Our Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students are nearing the end of their 85-day adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. This past week the group returned to our rainforest base in Costa Rica from Bocas del Toro, Panama where they went on a sea kayaking expedition around several islands and learned to scuba […] Read More >


Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: December 1st

Our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester students recently returned to our Costa Rican rainforest base from Panama where they learned to scuba dive in Bocas del Toro. This archipelago of Caribbean islands is famous for its warm waters and stunning sealife, making it an ideal location to scuba dive. For many of the students, this phase […] Read More >


10 Reasons to Love Costa Rica

Happy Thanksgiving from our rainforest base in Tres Rios, Costa Rica! At Outward Bound Costa Rica we may not be celebrating Thanksgiving in a traditional sense with fall leaves, family and football, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t taking some time to be thankful. In fact, we think Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Student Update: November 20th

Our Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students are currently in Bocas del Toro, Panama. While in the southernmost country in North America, the group will sea kayak to indigenous communities and learn to scuba dive while earning their NAUI scuba certifications. This week the group returned briefly to our rainforest base after whitewater […] Read More >