Girl Scout Troop Visit Costa Rica to Hike Through the Rainforest & Visit National Parks – June 27th

The Girl Scout USA Troop 3161 has arrived at our rainforest base in Costa Rica this past Saturday. Their Sunday started with a trip to the community of San Isidro de Dota, where they will work with the community on a service project in this area that only a few privileged travelers see and experience, far […] Read More >

All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – June 23rd

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #1 After their arrival at our Rainforest Base, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #1 Girl Scouts spent several days in San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve helping with local sea turtle conservation efforts by performing night patrols and building sustainable habitats. “It was such an amazing experience and I’ll never forget holding the […] Read More >

Two Girl Scouts Troops Join Outward Bound Costa Rica on Personalized Programs – June 20th

Two Girl Scouts Troops have joined us in the past few days to respectively participate in a Rainforest & Culture Custom Program and a Panama Service Custom Expedition. The Girl Scouts Troop 31655, with 11 participants from Nothern California, will hike 16km in total, as they discover the Piedras Blancas National Park, following a route that a […] Read More >

How to Get the Most Out of Your Hike

If you’ve decided to spend your summer hiking with Outward Bound Costa Rica, then you’re in for a life changing experience. Hiking through the rainforest during the Rainforest Hike and Homestay, staying in remote villages, testing your physical and mental strength, will change the way you view yourself and the world. At Outward Bound Costa […] Read More >

Welcome, Outward Bound Costa Rica Summer 2016 Interns!

Every summer, Outward Bound Costa Rica welcomes several new staff members to assist during our high season on and off course. We are thrilled to have such a talented group of young interns joining the team  in the field as Instructor Interns! ¡Bienvenidos a todos! FIELD INSTRUCTOR INTERNS Alumni of our Outdoor Leader Semester (OLS) who best exemplify what […] Read More >

Five Environment Saving Tricks

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica, we are constantly reminded of how amazing our environment is and today, we should all be thinking a little harder about what we can do to protect it. Here are five easy things you can do at home that really will make a difference in the […] Read More >

6 Ways to Prepare for Your Outward Bound Costa Rica Expedition

You’ve chosen your program and reserved your spot. You’re all set for an adventure with Outward Bound Costa Rica! Now you’re counting down the days until you land in San José, ready to begin. But how can you make sure you come prepared, ready to get the most out of your experience with us? We’ve […] Read More >

5 Life Lessons Your Teen Will Get From Going Abroad Alone

Letting kids go away abroad alone isn’t always easy for parents. However, international experiences are amazing opportunities to discover the world and collect memories that last a lifetime and open our eyes forever. We’ve come up with five life lessons that your teen will surely learn while being abroad on their own: 1. Being present every step of […] Read More >

Featured Alumni Ambassador: Anna Vogts

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and the amazing things they do after finishing their Outward Bound Costa Rica course. Participants of our Alumni Ambassador program help spread the word about their life changing experiences in Costa Rica.    Name: Anna Vogts  Hometown: Paola, Kansas  Year in school/Occupation: Junior in High School  Course attended with OBCR: Scuba […] Read More >

Top 4 National parks to absolutely visit while in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches and its incredible landscape. Whether you are looking to explore its volcanoes or to discover the natural beauty and impressive biodiversity, you will not be disappointed by the country’s National Parks. Check out this top 4 lists of must-see destinations! 1. Manuel Antonio Natural Park The Manuel Antonio National Park is […] Read More >

5 Ways to Get Your Outdoor Fix Everyday

One of the things we love most about Outward Bound Costa Rica is the nature we are immersed in everyday. Whether surfing at the beach, rafting in the river, or hiking in the rainforest, our students are always surrounded by the incredible outdoors. But what happens when students return home? For most people, spending this […] Read More >

Three ways global education programs make you more employable

It is no secret that the 21st century  job market is rather competitive. More than ever, you need to set yourself apart from the pool of candidates when applying for jobs. Employers are searching for candidates who bring a unique skill set to the table, and that can be you! Here are three ways participating in […] Read More >

Farewell To Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester

Today we bid farewell to our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester Students. The group spent 70 days with us, earning internationally recognized certifications and learning to become leaders while participating in challenging outdoor activities through Costa Rica and Panama. “We just finished the three day expedition on the upper upper Pacuare river, it was probably the coolest thing […] Read More >

Farewell to our Florida Keys to Costa Rica Leadership Semester Students

After 85 days with us in Costa Rica and Panama, the time has come to bid farewell to our students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. From surfing in Playa Dominical to scuba diving in Bocas del Toro in Panama, the students pushed their limits and earned their Whitewater Rescuer Technician and NAUI Scuba Diver certifications. The homestays on the hike were a […] Read More >

Featured Alumni Ambassador: Brooke Smith

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and their amazing accomplishments. This month, we get a look at how one of our Girl Scout Destinations participants has changed since her course with us. Name: Brooke Smith Hometown:  Austin, Texas Year in school/Occupation: Freshman in High School Course attended with OBCR: Catching Waves (2015)   […] Read More >

2016 Spring Leadership Semester Update: April 6th

Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester students, who are on course for 65 days earning 7 internationally recognized certifications, have just returned from Bocas del Toro in Panama. For the scuba diving phase of this course, they explored the archipelago and enjoyed its warm waters while they completed their NAUI scuba certification.     “Scuba diving was really cool. It […] Read More >

5 Things You Should Know About Turtles In Central America – the Largest in the World!

On Summer Expeditions and Girl Scout Destinations, some of our students get the chance to discover one of the most mysterious animals found in Costa Rica and Panama: leatherback sea turtles! Now, there are no doubts that these turtles are beautiful and will help you have some great pictures after your adventure in Central America, […] Read More >

Felicidades to the SUNY New Paltz 2016 Group Program!

Students from SUNY New Paltz arrived a week ago to our rainforest base in Costa Rica to begin their Custom Course with Outward Bound Costa Rica. After preparing their backpack with their experienced local instructors, students set out early in the morning to drive to Santa Maria, where they started an intense hike in the […] Read More >

5 Reasons to Leave Your Phone Behind When You Travel

  Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica, we’ve adopted a “no technology” policy for students while they are on course with us. We want to maximize their time on course and help them get the most out of the one-of-a-kind adventure they participate in here in the luscious nature of Costa Rica! Whether you are on […] Read More >

Florida Keys To Costa Rica Leadership Semester Update: March 22nd

The students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School just returned from their rafting phase on el Río Pacuare and have plenty of memories! “Whitewater rafting and dealing with inflatable kayaks was the best part of the course, especially working on swift water rescue. Learning to read the river and being comfortable to work on the river in the end was a […] Read More >