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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 >


10 Ways To Fund Your Next Outward Bound Costa Rica Course

Travel isn’t a luxury just for the rich and frivolous. Travel can be a beautiful reality for anyone! There are people of all backgrounds traveling the world on a wide range of budgets. If the lack of money is stopping you from achieving your travel dreams, with a little flexibility, creativity, and resourcefulness, you’ll be able […] Read More >


Staff Stories: A Letter to Canyon School Students

Written by: Brynna Rao, Media & Marketing Manager 8 days, 30 lb backpacks on our shoulders, and many new firsts for all of us. Students from Canyon School have been waiting nine years to go on course with Outward Bound Costa Rica as part of their 8th grade class trip. Seven students and one chaperone […] Read More >


HIOBS: Patrol 2 – The End of A 70 Day Quest

Written by: Maia Seals, Communications Intern After 20+ days sailing off the Florida coast and 40+ days traveling throughout Costa Rica and Panama, Hurricane Outward Bound School (HIOBS): Patrol 2 students have returned back to the United States with a new outlook on life. HIOBS: Patrol 2 students were a charismatic group. They joined us […] Read More >


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 >