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And the Winner of a Free Course Is…

We recently ran a contest on our Facebook page to encourage our fans to Live the Adventure this summer. The prizes of the contest will help two lucky OBCR fans create an unforgettable summer…and includes one FREE 7-day 2013 Summer course for our grand prize winner! Watch the video to find out who will be […]

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Links We Like: March 27, 2013

Saludos, readers! In Costa Rica, we are officially amidst the Semana Santa, or the Holy Week leading up to Easter. In this traditionally Catholic country, offices close Thursday and Friday, public transportation is shut down and families are busily preparing for a weekend of celebration. Our top two links explore through descriptive language and photos […]

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Links We Like: March 20, 2013

Laura Dekker, 15 years old at the time, set sail to embark on a trip around the world…alone. This article gives a glimpse of the backstory about her epic trip after sailing 27,000 nautical miles in 519 days (17 months) to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe. She made a documentary (Maidentrip) which […]

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Why Become an Expert in Experiential Learning?

Have you ever found it difficult to accurately convey the impact of an OBCR course? Perhaps you want to impress your teachers or friends with knowledge of how experiential learning theory actually manifests itself on your OBCR course? Interested in being able to speak eloquently about your transformative experience on course, or your upcoming experience […]

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Leadership Update: March 15, 2013

The Leadership students have been working hard on their Lifeguard certification training in Playa Avellana, in the pool near our base, and now in Bocas Del Toro, Panama where they will have their final exams. Here’s a quick video to give you a glimpse of what their training entails. After finishing their Lifeguard training, the […]

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Links We Like: March 13, 2013

Banff Mountain Film Fest 2012 Avery Stonich sums up the Banff Mountain Film Fest 2012 entries, which passed through her hometown of Boulder, CO last week. I watched the trailers last night and they are spectacular. Included in this tour’s winners are crossing antartica unsupported, hidden tributaries of the Grand Canyon, professional climbers, skiers, and […]

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TransiTarte Cultural Summer Event in San Jose

The San Jose Municipality puts together a Summer Event for the community where they bring music, art, and entertainment for everyone to enjoy…for free! The event was spread out among five parks in the heart of San Jose. Communications Director, Jeff Friend, was able to take some photos of a few of the activities for […]

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Leadership Update: March 8, 2013

After an all around success on the Hiking Phase, Wilderness First Responder, and Ropes, the Leadership group is completing their fourth phase of course: surf and lifeguard certification at Playa Avellanas. Students have been engaging in beach based leadership development activities, surfing and building their relationship with the ocean, and consuming extraordinary amounts of fish! […]

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Summer Alum Prepares for Her Fourth Trek into the Remote Rainforest

Our hiking expedition and homestays in the remote region of Piedras Blancas often times leave students with fond memories of the Costa Rican countryside and the welcoming families that teach them about their local traditions. Alum that are fortunate enough to return to this community usually come back maybe one or two more times. However, […]

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Don’t stay home – Instead, homestay!

Dear future Outward Bound Costa Rica Adventurers: You may know that inherent to international travel is intercultural experience. However, you may not know that Outward Bound Costa Rica deliberately integrates customized cross-cultural experiences into each course in order to enhance the global competence of its students long after they leave the country. Not only do […]

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A Message to Students from Piedras Blancas

Every year, hundreds of students trek through the remote rainforest of Costa Rica and into the homes of our Costa Rican homestays. Since the inception of Outward Bound Costa Rica, the Lopez family has been one of our homestays, welcoming us time and time again into their community and showing us the local traditions of […]

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Leadership Semester Update: March 1, 2013

Rising Up with Ropes – TRR:OL Leadership students are taking their final test & practicum this afternoon for their Technical Ropes Rescue – Operations Level (TRR:OL) certification. The TRR:OL certification, combined with the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) certifications, will empower them to join any rescue team – teams that are […]

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Training for Rescue Professionals: The Importance of Technical Ropes Rescue

The objective of rescue training is to provide as many skills as possible to effectively perform a rescue with minimum risk and liability to those involved and in such a way that rescuers do not become victims themselves. Technical Ropes Rescue: Operations Level (TRR:OL) is just one subset of technical rescue that provides training for […]

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Outward Bound Promotes Outdoor Safety in Costa Rica

In February, Outward Bound Costa Rica instructors worked on a pro bono project to train the Costa Rican Rescue Squad, also known as park rangers. This pro bono training is in its second year and occurs once a month for three days. The training touches on the essentials of Wilderness First Responder curriculum, including mastering […]

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Leadership Semester Update: February 22, 2013

After training how to attend to victims in the remote wilderness, Leadership Semester students headed to the Río Pejibaye to train for their Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) certification. Spring 2013 Leadership Semester students train to attend to victims in remote wilderness settings. The WRT certification is issued by Rescue 3 International and is a necessary […]

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Bienvenida to Kirbi, New Student Enrollment Manager!

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to have a new Student Enrollment Manager join the team- Welcome, Kirbi Rogers! Kirbi will be responsible for managing and developing the student enrollment for OBCR’s Summer Adventures, Semester Courses and Girl Scouts destinations program. Beyond performing these critical duties for the OBCR Communications Office, Kirbi is looking forward to […]

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Links We Like: February 20, 2013

If you haven’t yet heard the story of the Coast Guard rescuing the Bounty (replica of 18th century ship) in the middle of Hurricane Sandy, you may want to check it out. It’s really amazing what the Coast Guard had to endure to save 14 lives. Here’s a snippet: “Before long its anti-icing system failed, […]

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Leadership Semester Update: February 15, 2013

During the first part of their Leadership Semester course, the group of ten students bonded on a trek through Piedras Blancas. They backpacked their way to two homestays- one with the Lopez family and the other with the Granados family, finally ending with a couple days for a solo. During their solos, students are traditionally […]

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A Winning Read: Live a “Life Without Limits”

Chrissie Wellington, four time Ironman female champion and holder of the world record for this extreme tri-sport competition, visited Costa Rica yesterday to promote her book “A Life Without Limits.” Chrissie spoke to an audience at the local Brook’s store about the importance of staying positive and believing in yourself especially during the most trying moments […]

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Welcome, Spring Leadership 2013 Students!

Introducing the Leadership Students, 2013: Working together to climb to the top!     Hank hails from Malaysia, where he decided he wanted to obtain certifications in outdoor leadership. After doing an Outward Bound course in Malaysia, he developed a love for white water rafting. In Costa Rica, he hopes to learn more about the […]

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