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Why You Should Spend Your Gap Year in Costa Rica

Options are more and more varied when it comes to taking a Gap Year, particularly if you decide to go abroad. The variety of options can become overwhelming, so we’ve decided to help by listing some of the reasons why you should absolutely make Costa Rica a top destination: Biodiversity & Nature Costa Rica, a small Central […] Read More >


OBCR Welcomes OLS Students

Last week we welcomed our Fall 2016 class of OLS students to base.  We wasted no time putting them to the test of Wilderness First Responder training.  This week and next week, students are studying in the classroom and working on homework in the evening in preparation for their first certification.  This is definitely the […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Semester Update!

Our students have made it to Nicaragua! Before they left Costa Rica, they spent the day at a local school where the children introduced them to the different cultures that are here in Costa Rica with a presentation of their traditional dances.  The group tried food from each of the cultures and then participated in a […] Read More >


Photos from Coast to Coast, Fall 2016

We thought you’d like to see a few pictures of our students on our fall semester Coast to Coast Expedition.  The group is now in Avellanas learning to surf in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica.  Next up will be their expedition to Nicaragua!  Here are pictures of the group shopping […] Read More >


Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Ruthanne Martin

Name: Ruthanne Martin Hometown: Katy, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Girl Scout Destinations Service Challenge #2 July 2016 1. What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course because I wanted to travel out of my comfort zone. I really wanted to embark on […] Read More >


Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Girl Scout Anna Maddison

Name: Anna Maddison Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge 2016 Ambassador Accomplishments: Anna Maddison took on spreading the word about Outward Bound Costa Rica after she returned from her course. Not only did she give materials and information about our programs to family and friends, but also to the students in […] Read More >


Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Allie Highsmith

Name: Allie Highsmith Hometown: Centennial, CO Occupation: Student Course name/year: Rainforest, River, and Reef 2016 1. What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I was looking for an adventure, and man, was I satisfied. 2. What is your favorite memory from your course? I suppose it wasn’t really one memory, […] Read More >


What’s around the River Bend? Earn Your IRF Raft Guide Certification and Find Out!

There’s a lot you can learn from a river. From deep life lessons on how to choose the “correct” path, to technical skills for mastering whitewater rapids and further understanding your potential as a leader, students come off the river phases of our courses with greater appreciation for their group, themselves, and the river. Who […] Read More >


5 Best Ways to Prevent Insect Bites & Stings

  Outward Bound Costa Rica has been welcoming students to Costa Rica and Panama for more than twenty-five years.  We know how to prepare for safe travel.  We understand that you may be concerned about Zika and other mosquito-born diseases being present in Central America and though none of our courses take place in affected areas, we […] Read More >


University of Washington Custom Group Hike, Surf & Raft in Costa Rica!

Students from the University of Washington were amongst the privileged few to see and experience our special route for rainforest trekking in the area of Piedras Blancas. The group learned how to make meals by the fire and experience different forest types as their hike led them through areas of different elevations. They stayed with homestay families along the […] Read More >


¡BIENVENIDA A JULIE! OBCR’S NEW GROUP PROGRAMS & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Group Programs & Partnerships Manager, Julie Duthey to our Communications team. Julie will be responsible for managing and developing Custom Courses and partnerships, so that more participants get to experience our life-changing outdoor adventures in Costa Rica and Panama. Julie Duthey: Custom Course and Partnerships Manager Hometown: Valenciennes, […] Read More >


Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Brynna Boyd

Name: Brynna Boyd Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge 2016 What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I wanted to be able to do service and see a new place. I had researched and learned about Costa Rica in school, and I […] Read More >


Why I Moved 3,209 Miles to Intern with Outward Bound Costa Rica

Looking back, it’s a little crazy that I ended up in Costa Rica this semester. I have always been a little spontaneous in life. I try to embrace everything life throws at me and make it work in my favor. On January 6th of this year, I got an email offering me a Marketing & […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- August 9th

Pacific Surf & Cert #3 Our last Summer Expedition is fully underway! Three students from Rainforest Hike & Homestay and four students from Caribbean Scuba & Service have come together for a week of surfing and service. Everyone in the group has been able to stand up on their boards and, thanks to good conditions, […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- August 2nd

Pacific Surf & Cert #2 After a week spent surfing in Costa Rica, it is time to bid farewell to our four students of Pacific Surf & Cert #2. During the past week, these four students earned their CPR, AED and First Aid certifications, all while enjoying the beautiful Avellanas beach in Costa Rica. We wish these […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Students Updates – July 28th

CATCHING WAVES #1 This Tuesday marked the end of our Catching Waves #1 Girl Scout Destination. Students completed their week of surfing as better surfers and travelers! The group goes home with memories, new friends and skills. We wish all them the best of luck in all their future endeavors. SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #3 The Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #3 participants spent […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- July 26th

Pacific Surf & Cert #2 Our Pacific Surf & Cert #2 expedition is fully underway! Three students from Rainforest Hike & Homestay and one student from Caribbean Scuba & Service have joined together this week to finish their Summer Expeditions at Avellanas beach in Costa Rica. Over the next few days, these four students will […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Students Updates – July 21st

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #3 During their time on course, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #3 participants had time to bond in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and drank coconut water from coconuts just cut with a machete near the jungle and the beach! The girls tried trust falls where they had to trust their course […] Read More >


All Summer Expeditions Student Updates – July 19th

PACIFIC SURF & CERT #1 After a week spent surfing in Costa Rica, it is time to bid farewell to our five students of Pacific Surf & Cert #1.  The students surfed with our instructors who provided them with holistic, one-on-one surfing classes. The group also had the opportunity to get First Aid/CPR certified while enjoying the beauty and culture of […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – July 14th

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #2 For the second part of their course, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #2 Girl Scout participants spent a day at the beach and enjoyed the beauty of Panama. “What has surprised me the most is how beautiful this country is and how everything is different from back home,” said Caroline A. from Menomonee Falls, […] Read More >