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Leadership Update Nov 23

During the first part of their hiking phase, the Leadership students hiked during the day and then camped at night. This past week however, they spent their evenings in the warm, welcoming homes of our homestay families. This gave students the opportunity to get a real taste of rural Costa Rica living. Some of their […]

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Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! At Outward Bound Costa Rica, we always have plenty to be thankful for (we live in Costa Rica after all!). Last night some of the crew, and some visiting friends, took some time to cook up a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner. We had turkey, homemade stuffing, green bean casserole, carrots, butternut squash, cheddar […]

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Links We Like: November 21, 2012

Outward Bound has been hosting adventure-based wilderness courses for 50 years and welcomes students from all over the world. The program has grown to incorporate Outward Bound schools in 30 different countries and participants include adolescents, adults, professionals, scouts and families. It’s hard to believe that for several years after its inception, Outward Bound courses […]

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Tri-Country Update Nov 20

Tri-Country Semester students finished up the last leg of their whitewater rafting phase with a three-day trip on the Río General, rafting by day and camping along the river by night. But they’re not finished battling whitewater rapids just yet! They’re now spending nearly a week on the Río Savegre learning how to whitewater kayak. […]

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Leadership Update Nov 15

After wrapping up their time at the beach, the Leadership group came back to base to prep for their hiking phase. With everything they’ll need for hiking strapped on their back, they headed out early Sunday morning into the beautiful Costa Rican rainforest.

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Links We Like: November 14, 2012

As our Semester courses are either wrapping up or have recently finished the surfing portions of their trips, we have been thinking a lot of catching some gnarly waves. We came across this intriguing article about a young, prodigal surfer and were inspired by how much this Australian-native has accomplished in such a short period […]

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Tri-Country Update Nov 13

Tri-Country students have been busy battling rapids for the past week! They’ve been spending their time rafting three well-known rivers in Costa Rica: the Sarapiquí, the Pejibaye and the Pacuare.

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Tell Us About Talamanca!

A much loved and must see part of Costa Rica is the Talamanca region. Talamanca is one of the most bio-diverse regions in all of Costa Rica, displaying a large number of native plant species and wildlife that lures nature lovers from all over the world for a visit. Some spectacular sights that can be […]

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Leadership Update Nov 9

Leadership students have been spending most of this past week at the beach. They started their American Red Cross Lifeguard training at a pool in Tres Ríos to learn basic rescue techniques and later went to Playa Manuel Antonio to finish up their training at the beach. Check out a video of our instructors practicing […]

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Links We Like: November 7, 2012

Outward Bound Costa Rica has two bases where students stay to receive instruction and do teambuilding activities while not out in the field. One of our bases is our “rainforest base” here in San Ramon de Tres Rios, right outside of San Jose. Here we are surrounded by the lush canopies of the mountains surrounding […]

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Tri-Country Update Nov 6

Our Tri-Country students have been having an amazing time during their surf phase. The group started learning the surfing basics at Playa Avellanas, then headed to Manuel Antonio, before wrapping up their surfing expedition in Playa Tulín. We’re pretty sure they’re ready to sign on for a pro-tour with all the practice they’ve had. As if […]

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La Ruta de Los Conquistadores

This weekend marked the 20th anniversary of Costa Rica’s famed cross-country cycling race, La Ruta de los Conquistadores. Each year, brave souls mount their bikes on what most would call a terrifying, yet thrilling, journey from the Pacific to the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. The race takes place in three grueling stages that test […]

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Leadership Update Nov 2

The Leadership crew has been hard at work on the river. Last week they headed to the Río Pejibaye to start learning about whitewater rescue techniques from our river expert Phil Perez. After plenty of studying and practice, the group took their written and practical exams to finish up their Whitewater Rescue Technician training. After […]

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Costa Rica Celebrates The Day of the Dead

Costa Rica, among most other Latin American countries, celebrates the deceased on November 2nd every year. This day has several names, including Día de Todos Santos (All Saints Day), Día de Todos Almas (All Souls Day) and the more common Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).       Although this holiday is celebrated more in […]

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Links We Like: October 31, 2012

A popular adventure activity we offer here at Outward Bound Costa Rica is ziplining, also known as a “canopy tour.” Students suit up with a harness, are attached to a cable and moments later enjoy the thrill of shooting from platform to platform through the rainforest. This cool article describes how it is possible to […]

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Tri-Country Update Oct 30

After trekking across Costa Rica and working hard to give back to small community in Nicaragua, we figured these dedicated students deserved some fun in the sun. Last week, they arrived at beautiful Playa Avellanas to begin their surf phase. For the last week, instructors have been teaching them how to pop, read waves and […]

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Becoming a River Guide: The Importance of Whitewater Rescue Technician Training

Whitewater Rescue Technician training is required for all individuals looking to become river professionals, such as raft guides or whitewater kayakers. This certification is essential for these outdoor professionals as it addresses all major aspects of water rescue and provides a standardization of training on topics including rescue techniques, training standards, operational policies, safety guidelines […]

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Leadership Update Oct 26

The Leadership crew has finished their Wilderness First Responder training! They wrapped up on Sunday with a final practical exam.   We have to give our base staff some credit for getting into the role of the “victim”. It’s also works out pretty well that we’re coming up on Halloween! Since completing their WFR phase, […]

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Meet the Team: Phil Perez

Many times students looking for Semester programs through outdoor leadership schools such as Outward Bound are looking for an opportunity to gain professional certifications with the hopes of working in the outdoor industry. For this reason, outdoor schools choose to employ leaders that excel in their particular area of focus to instruct and train these […]

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Links We Like: October 24, 2012

Although we’re based in Costa Rica and have more ample opportunities than others living round the world to see these creatures, we were still delighted to find out that Saturday, October 20 was International Sloth Day (video)! This excellent video showcases the famed Costa Rican sloth sanctuary located along the country’s Caribbean coast. Learn more about […]

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