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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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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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