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 >

2016 Spring Leadership Semester Update: March 21st

Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester students, who are on course for 65 days earning 7 internationally recognized certifications, have just arrived from a surfing phase where they have been catching warm-water breaks in Playa Uvita and Playa Dominical. They also got the chance to go to the Manuel Antonio National Park and take a peak at the extraordinary beauty of […] Read More >

10 Reasons to Join Outward Bound Costa Rica on a Summer Expedition

Summer is coming and here at Outward Bound Costa Rica it’s one of our favorite seasons for life-changing adventures! Whether you decide to test your limits on a deep jungle trek through the rainforest of Costa Rica or scuba dive coral reefs in the tropical waters of Panama, plenty of action awaits you in Central […] Read More >


Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Marketing and Media intern, Jennifer Faura to our Communications team. Jennifer will be assisting the team with public relations, outreach and social media. She looks forward to using her skills and experience to promote OBCR’s programs and discovering the beauty of Central America. Jennifer Faura […] Read More >

2016 Spring Leadership Semester Update: March 4th

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students just finished completing their Whitewater Rescue Technician training on the Pacuare River. Learning and practicing techniques such as swiftwater resue, self-rescue and reading whitewater while exploring thrilling rapids was a highlight for many of the students. “It was really fun to swim some rapids and learning to rescue,” said Connor H., from […] Read More >

¡Bienvenida a Soizic! OBCR Welcomes New Marketing & Media Manager!

The Communications staff is excited to welcome our new Marketing & Media Manager to the Outward Bound Costa Rica team! Soizic Hagège will be using her experience and dedication to the Outward Bound mission to spread the word about OBCR’s outdoor programs in Costa Rica and Panama, and the different opportunities for students to get internationally-recognized […] Read More >

Florida Keys to Costa Rica Leadership Semester Update: March 1st

The students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School recently returned to our Costa Rican rainforest base from a surfing phase in Playa Uvita, an ideal spot for beginners. For many of the students, this phase of their course was their first experience surfing. “I was able to stand on the board and catch broken waves from the […] Read More >

Meet Bailey: Student to Instructor with the Outdoor Leader Semester

Bailey Palmer Hometown: Ventura, California OLS Fall 2014 Alum Bailey was just 13 years old when she completed her first course as a Girl Scout with Outward Bound Costa Rica. This first experience showed her she was capable of more than she ever thought- she couldn’t wait to come back! Bailey returned the following three summers for […] Read More >

Welcome to the Florida Keys to Costa Rica Leadership Semester Students

We were thrilled to welcome the students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School at our rainforest base in San Ramon de Tres Rios yesterday as they prepare to go on a month-and-a-half adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. The ten students joining us will get the chance to learn about the philosophy of Outward Bound, push their […] Read More >

Featured Alumni Ambassador: Samantha Warren

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and their amazing accomplishments. Participants of our Alumni Ambassador program help spread the word about their life changing experiences on course. If you would like to join the team and be a featured alumnus on our blog, start by filling out our Alumni Ambassador form.  Name: Samantha Warren […] Read More >