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¡Bienvenida A Cahner! OBCR’s New Marketing & Media Intern

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Marketing & Media intern, Cahner Olson to our communications team. Cahner will assist us with our social media, design and outreach efforts. A talented photographer, she will also use her creative abilities to tell the story of Outward Bound Costa Rica through photographs and video. Cahner […] Read More >


Earn Your Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification

Knowing how to react in a stressful situation is valuable in any career or life path. Add in potentially life-threatening injuries, hazardous weather conditions, and being hours away from the nearest hospital and knowing how to react, providing initial treatment and continuing care for someone can save a life. That’s where a Wilderness Advanced First […] Read More >


Girl Scouts Aid in Local Wildlife Conservation Efforts on Sea Turtle Retreat

Thirty Girl Scouts from across the United States recently rang in the New Year “pura vida” style with Outward Bound Costa Rica on our Sea Turtle Retreat Girl Scout Destinations program. Costa Rica is home to a large sea turtle population. The turtles come to shore one to two times a month during the peak […] Read More >


Sea Turtle Arribada in Costa Rica

On a walk along the beach at dawn, the faint outline of hundreds of sea turtles comes into view.  The turtles drag their heavy bodies up the sand, dig nests, lay eggs, and then return to the sea. This is the beginning of the arribada. An arribada, which is Spanish for arrival, is the mass nesting […] Read More >


Featured Alumni Ambassador: Alex Stetler

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 […] Read More >


Farewell to our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester Students

Today we bid farewell to our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester Students. The group of five spent 65 days with us, earning international certifications and gaining real-world leadership training while exploring Costa Rica and Panama. From scuba diving coral reefs in Bocas del Toro, to braving white water rapids on world-class rivers to hiking to the […] Read More >


Farewell to our Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Students

After 85 days of action-packed adventures, including whitewater rafting, scuba diving and a 26-day cross-country trek, the time has come to bid farewell to our Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students. “Coast to Coast is both a physical and mental journey through Costa Rica with a product consisting of a new you and […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Student Update: December 2nd

Our Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students are nearing the end of their 85-day adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. This past week the group returned to our rainforest base in Costa Rica from Bocas del Toro, Panama where they went on a sea kayaking expedition around several islands and learned to scuba […] Read More >


Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: December 1st

Our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester students recently returned to our Costa Rican rainforest base from Panama where they learned to scuba dive in Bocas del Toro. This archipelago of Caribbean islands is famous for its warm waters and stunning sealife, making it an ideal location to scuba dive. For many of the students, this phase […] Read More >


10 Reasons to Love Costa Rica

Happy Thanksgiving from our rainforest base in Tres Rios, Costa Rica! At Outward Bound Costa Rica we may not be celebrating Thanksgiving in a traditional sense with fall leaves, family and football, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t taking some time to be thankful. In fact, we think Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Student Update: November 20th

Our Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students are currently in Bocas del Toro, Panama. While in the southernmost country in North America, the group will sea kayak to indigenous communities and learn to scuba dive while earning their NAUI scuba certifications. This week the group returned briefly to our rainforest base after whitewater […] Read More >


Winterline Global Skills Program Students Complete Their Course with Outward Bound Costa Rica

This fall, as part of a nine-month gap year program that takes them around the world, 16 students from the Winterline Global Skills Program joined Outward Bound Costa Rica to push their limits in the outdoors of Panama and Costa Rica. The Winterline Global Skills Program encourages the development of individuals equipped to be citizens […] Read More >


Outdoor Leader Semester Student Update: November 12th

It seems like just yesterday our 2015 Fall Outdoor Leader Semester joined us for the start of their 65-day in Costa Rica. We can’t believe they are already more than half way through their course! All  five members of the group passed their training and earned certifications in Technical Rope Rescue, Whitewater Rescue Technician and […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Student Update: November 4th

We are excited to share that our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester students recently completed their 26 day hike, trekking across the country of Costa Rica from the Atlantic to Pacific Coast. We are so proud of our students for completing such a physically and mentally challenging feat! “Obviously it felt long,” said Josh N. […] Read More >


Work For OBCR: Marketing & Media Manager

Outward Bound Costa Rica inspires and develops leadership, compassion, responsibility, respect for the environment and commitment to serve through adventure-based wilderness experiences led by the most skilled, safety-conscious staff. OBCR currently seeks a Marketing & Media Manager. The Marketing & Media Manager plays a crucial and exciting role in our Communications Office. This team of […] Read More >


Exploring Irazú Volcano National Park

While on course with Outward Bound Costa Rica, our students get to experience many of the diverse landscapes of Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua as they challenge themselves with adventurous journeys. One of the unique landscapes our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester and Outdoor Leader Semester students visit is Irazú Volcano, the highest active volcano […] Read More >


Alumni Spotlight: Alexis Smith

When Alexis Smith first embarked on a Girl Scout Destination with Outward Bound Costa Rica, she wasn’t prepared for all the ways her experience would change the shape of her future. “Originally I wanted to go because it seemed like it would be a fun trip,” said Alexis. “But when I actually got there I found […] Read More >


Welcome to our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester Students

Yesterday our Fall 2015 Outdoor Leader Semester students arrived at base to start their 65-day adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. Five students are joining us from across the United States to learn about the philosophy of Outward Bound and earn seven internationally recognized outdoor certifications. “This course will be a great opportunity for me to get more […] Read More >


NAUI Scuba Certification: Dive Down to the Deep

It’s like a whole other world down there!  This is a common exclamation of wonder that we hear from students who have just returned from the scuba diving phase of their course with Outward Bound Costa Rica. With their Scuba diving gear securely in place, students transform into explorers of the deep as they discover the […] Read More >


Coast to Coast Expedition Semester Update: October 7th

For the past three weeks, five students from across the United States and Canada have been pushing their limits in the outdoors on our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester. The students began their 85-day course with a Spanish language orientation and have been practicing their language skills with instructors and locals alike. “All the people… […] Read More >