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Alumni Spotlight: Alexis Smith

When Alexis Smith first embarked on a Girl Scout Destination with Outward Bound Costa Rica, she wasn’t prepared for all the ways her experience would change the shape of her future. “Originally I wanted to go because it seemed like it would be a fun trip,” said Alexis. “But when I actually got there I found […] Read More >


Welcome to our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester Students

Yesterday our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester students arrived at base to start their 65-day adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. Five students are joining us from across the United States to learn about the philosophy of Outward Bound and earn seven internationally recognized outdoor certifications. “This course will be a great opportunity for me to get more […] Read More >


NAUI Scuba Certification: Dive Down to the Deep

It’s like a whole other world down there!  This is a common exclamation of wonder that we hear from students who have just returned from the scuba diving phase of their course with Outward Bound Costa Rica. With their Scuba diving gear securely in place, students transform into explorers of the deep as they discover the […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Update: October 7th

For the past three weeks, five students from across the United States and Canada have been pushing their limits in the outdoors on our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester. The students began their 85-day course with a Spanish language orientation and have been practicing their language skills with instructors and locals alike. “All the people… […] Read More >


Work for OBCR: Marketing & Media Intern January – August 2016

Our Organization Outward Bound Costa Rica offers a range of experiential education programs promising challenging physical activities across Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama with a focus on personal development, leadership, and cultural immersion. Our Communications Office is a collaborative team of four full time staff responsible for all communications, sales, marketing and customer service tasks […] Read More >


From Our Students: 5 Reasons Why Global Education Rocks!

Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica we are firm believers that global education rocks! Experiences abroad can be eye-opening and life-changing as students immerse themselves in another culture, learning valuable lessons about themselves, others and the world around them. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s five reasons why international education programs are […] Read More >


Welcome to Our Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Students!

We are excited to welcome five students from across the United States and Canada to an adventure of a lifetime with Outward Bound Costa Rica! Our fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Students started their 85-day course this week in San Ramon de Tres Rios, Costa Rica. The students began their course experience by […] Read More >


¡Bienvenida a Carolyn! OBCR’s New Group Programs & Partnerships Manager

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Group Programs & Partnerships Manager, Carolyn Crist to our communications team. Carolyn will be responsible for managing and developing custom courses to bring a wide range of students to OBCR that help push their limits in the natural settings and adventures found in Costa Rica and Panama. Carolyn […] Read More >


Featured Alumni Ambassador: Tien Vo

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 >


Explore Group Programs with Video Series and Guide

Outward Bound Costa Rica welcomes your group to Central America for the experience of a lifetime. First, check out our exciting videos below to explore our three program platforms (Spanish Language & Culture, Leadership & Team Building, and Service Adventure) and hear what our students and chaperones have to say about their experience. Then, view […] Read More >


Meet Ilia: Student to Instructor with the Outdoor Leader Semester

Ilia Corella Hometown: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands OLS Spring 2015 Alum Ilia transitioned from student to instructor with the Outdoor Leader Semester after completing her course in Spring 2015 and then working as an Outward Bound Costa Rica Field Instructor Intern during the summer season. She couldn’t wait to work as an intern on all of the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure Girl […] Read More >


Farewell to our 2015 Summer Expeditions

This past weekend marked the end of Outward Bound Costa Rica‘s summer season, with the last seven Summer Expeditions students heading home after the Pacific Surf & Cert Extension course. The students completed their week of surfing as better surfers and First Aid/CPR certified. Congratulations to all of our summer students on completing their courses! It […] Read More >


Summer Expeditions Update – August 11th

Rainforest Hike & Homestay #4 The six students on Rainforest Hike & Homestay session four successfully completed their multi-day trek to the community of Piedras Blancas. Along the way they stayed with local families on homestays. “The homestays were an awesome way to learn about different cultures,” said Mo G. of Maitland, Florida. On the […] Read More >


Girl Scout Destinations Update – August 6th

Rainforest, River, and Reef #2 The Girl Scouts from Rainforest, River, & Reef #2 successfully completed their course! The girls have had a challenging yet exhilarating experience trekking through the forests and swimming in the ocean. “Finishing the hike was an amazing feeling, it was probably one of the best memories because everyone felt so […] Read More >


Summer Expeditions Update – August 4th

Pacific Surf & Cert Extension #2 After a week of surfing on the beautiful Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the seven students on Pacific Surf & Cert Extension #2 completed their Summer Expeditions this past weekend. After their 3 or 5-week adventure, they are heading home with new experiences and skills, including surfing and First Aid/CPR training. […] Read More >


Girl Scout Destinations Update – July 30th

Catching Waves #2 During their last few days on the beach in Playa Avellanas, the Catching Waves #2 Girl Scouts focused on mastering their surfing skills. “I came here just wanting to know how to surf and I am leaving with the desire to make the most out of my life,” said Tien V. from […] Read More >


Summer Expeditions Update – July 28th

Rainforest Hike & Homestay #3 The 12 students on Rainforest Hike & Homestay session #3 completed their course on Saturday. After two weeks exploring the jungles, beaches, and rivers of Costa Rica and experiencing “pura vida,” the students are walking away with a powerful experience where they pushed their limits, worked as a team, and had a […] Read More >


Girl Scout Destinations Update- July 23rd

Rainforest, River, & Reef #2 Our second session of Girl Scouts on Rainforest, River, & Reef started their course by helping with a service project here on our rainforest base. The girls planted trees and enjoyed getting to know each other over their last dinner on base. The group left Trés Rios on Monday and began their trek […] Read More >


Summer Expeditions Update – July 21st

Pacific Surf & Cert Extension #1 The seven students on the first Pacific Surf & Cert Extension course finished their week-long surf intensive this past Saturday. After surfing and working on their first-aid and CPR certifications every day, they will be leaving us with enhanced surf and safety skills, along with new friends and memories. Many […] Read More >


¡Bienvenida a Debra! OBCR’S New Director of Communications & Marketing

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Director of Communications & Marketing, Debra “Deb” Woolley to our leadership team! Deb brings 20 years of experience to Outward Bound Costa Rica, having previously worked in the field of international education with roles at AFS-USA and the National Society of Leadership and Success. A […] Read More >