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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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Links We Like: January 30, 2013

The Costa Rican newpaper, La Nación, joined tica actress Thelma Darkings on her rafting trip down the Pacuare River. They made a sweet tutorial about river anatomy and rafting know-how that everyone should check out!   National Geographic turns 125 years old this year – and we love what they’re all about. This company has […]

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Experiential Learning 101: What is it really?

Experiential learning is essentially the art of learning through first-hand, primary experience, as opposed to second hand ‘conventional learning’ often associated with classroom learning and the memorization of facts (see below).  Because experiential learning technically has no borders, nor time constraints, imposing structure on experiential learning opportunities can help individuals add value to their learning. […]

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Links We Like: January 23, 2013

Choosing the right hiking boots can make or break a trip. Besides the shape, material and construction of a boot, the way you wear your boots will also affect how your feet fare across miles of rock and trail. Section Hiker explains different lacing techniques for hiking boots. Grab your boots, and try a new […]

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Outward Bound Surf Spots: Witch’s Rock and Beyond

Outward Bound Costa Rica courses utilize several top surf spots, varying as much in vibe and character as in wave breaks and micro climate. Some of the more renowned surf spots are found in the Guanacaste Province, located in the northwest part of the country. OBCR is the only Outward Bound school that boasts a […]

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Links We Like: January 16, 2013

Exercising does a body good – it helps prevent injury and gets your pumped and prepped for when you need the muscles. Surfer Magazine shows some exercises to help keep your surfing body in shape. With a new year often comes new goals. National Geographic Adventure magazine just published their Ultimate Adventure Bucket List 2013. […]

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Fill the School Bag for a Costa Rican Student: A Girl Scout Alum Keeps on Giving

Every year, Girl Scouts from across the nation join us in Costa Rica to participate in meaningful service projects across the country. Some girls help protect the habitats of endangered sea turtles. Others visit remote villages to work on projects such as cleaning and painting cabins and up-keeping plant nurseries. This past summer, Katie Maher did […]

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New Staff Ahoy! OBCR Welcomes Michelle

The Communications staff here is excited to welcome our new Custom Course Manager to the OBCR team! Michelle Luise Mazzeo will be in charge of running and developing OBCR’s Custom courses, also known as our Build an Adventure program. Michelle hopes to create as many opportunities as possible for people to get the Outward Bound […]

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Links We Like: January 1, 2013

Around the country today, many national and state parks are holding First Day Hikes – a healthy way to start a new year in the outdoors. Check out some of these hikes in Colorado Springs, CO, or Seattle, or Texas, or Virgina. Check out America’s State Parks website to find the park closest to you […]

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Hasta la próxima, Semester Students!

Last week Outward Bound Costa Rica bid farewell to the last of its Semester students. It’s been a wonderful few months and all of us in the Communications Office have really enjoyed hearing these students’ stories on transition days, experiencing their activities through photos and video and having the chance to watch them gain leadership […]

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Links We Like: December 19, 2012

Costa Rica’s efforts to become a “carbon neutral” country by the year 2021 incorporates various kinds of renewable energy including solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower. The recent inauguration of wind farm Parque Eolico Valle Central in the mountains of Santa Ana is the newest addition to a collection of wind farms throughout the country. In […]

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Jade in Guanacaste

The use of jade as a precious stone was popularized in Costa Rica around 500 B.C. Jade was so special in fact that it was considered more important than gold by the ancient inhabitants of Costa Rica. Although Costa Rica is widely recognized as the country in Central America with the best known tradition of […]

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