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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 >


Now Receiving 2017 Fall Internship Applications

Summer will begin and end before you know it, so want to extend your Summer? We have one remaining Fall internship in Graphic & Web Design. Join us at our rainforest base in Costa Rica and enjoy the warm weather this Fall. Forget about delivering coffee and writing posts that never see the light of day. […] 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 >


OLS Students Brave the Rivers of Costa Rica

Our Outdoor Leader Semester group of 11 students spent the past 9 days on the Pacuare and the Sarapiqui rivers receiving their Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) certification. They also began their training for their International Rafting Federation (IRF) raft guiding certification. The Pacuare has been named in the Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers for rafting […] Read More >


OBCR Welcomes OLS Students

Bienvenido OLS (Outdoor Leadership Semester) students! Their orientation day is now over, now it’s time to start packing! After a good night’s rest they will head for their first day on the river tomorrow: we can’t wait to hear all about it!     Read More >


Hiring a Marketing & Media Manager

OBCR is currently looking for a Marketing & Media Manager to complete our dynamic office. The Communications Office is a small, collaborative team responsible for all communications, sales, marketing and customer service tasks organization-wide. Staffers are charged with increasing course participation across all target audiences and ensuring excellent customer service with regard to stakeholder communication […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Semester Update – December 15

Coast to Coast Semester After 85 days together, our Coast to Coast Semester group headed home on Tuesday. “I’ve changed so much over the course of this trip, but definitely the change that stands out to me the most is my overall attitude and outlook on life. I wake up every day happy and excited now” […] Read More >


Semester Update – December 8th

Coast to Coast Semester Today is the final day of the sea kayak expedition for the Coast to Coast Semester group. “With only one week left, the group is enjoying every second,” said Bailey, one of their instructors. “And reflecting on all they’ve been through over the past 79 days.” Each morning, the group paddled […] Read More >