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The National Society of Leadership & Success Students Discover Panama with Outward Bound Costa Rica

Photos by: Gianna D’Aloia, NSLS member Seven students from The National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS) found an email in their inbox this past spring, describing an opportunity to discover Panama with Outward Bound Costa Rica this summer. The Panama 18+ Expedition course was full of outdoor activities from serving local communities, earning a scuba diving certificate […] Read More >


Open Enrollment: Surfing in Manuel Antonio with Pacific Surf & Cert

This week’s Pacific Surf & Cert students are the final Open Enrollment group for the Summer. Take a look what Grace and Julian have been up to: Pacific Surf & Cert #3 Saturday, we welcomed Julian flying in to meet his course mate, Grace, and their instructors for the week, Molly and Colvin. Grace was previously on Caribbean Scuba […] Read More >


Final Summer Enrollment Update: CSS #3 & PSS #2

It has been an eventful summer here at Outward Bound Costa Rica. We’ve had many groups join us on course! We are so happy to create a space where students create memories of a lifetime and push themselves out of their comfort zones. As we welcome in the month of August, we give you the […] Read More >


Protected: Alumni Stories with Hannah Moss: OBCR Alumna to Nuclear Engineer

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Surfing in Playa Uvita and Scuba Diving in Panama: Open Enrollment Student Updates

As high-season begins to wind down, students soak up their first and last moments in the Costa Rican and Panamanian sun. This past Saturday, we received our last bunch of students for Caribbean Scuba & Service as well as for Pacific Surf & Service. Three groups, including Pacific Surf & Cert, have been learning about […] Read More >


Girl Scout Destinations Update: Painting, Scuba Diving, and Trekking through Costa Rica & Panama

Take a look at what our Girl Scouts have been up to this week on course! Rainforest River & Reef (Session 2), Service Challenge (Session 3), and Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure (Session 3) Girl Scouts have been knee deep in adventures. We’ll be sad to see them go this Saturday! Rainforest River & Reef […] Read More >


Scuba, Service, & Surf: Open Enrollment Student Update!

Although many of our open enrollment students have been with us for a while, joining us for weeks at a time to enjoy various excursions, this past weekend we received 7 new students for 18+ Panama! All 7 are members of our esteemed partner,  The National Society of Leadership and Success. So far, all of […] Read More >


Week of July 8th: Girl Scout & Open Enrollment Course Updates

We are getting into peak high season with seven Girl Scout and Open Enrollment groups out on course! Here is what all of our groups have been up to this week: GIRL SCOUT DESTINATIONS Catching Waves This 11-day course went by so quickly! Nine Girl Scouts were out on course in Playa Uvita with our […] Read More >


Student Updates! SSTA, SC, SHH, CSS & Custom:

Written By: Maia Seals Edited By: Brynna Rao This week we have five groups out on course in Costa Rica and Panama! Our Scuba & Sea Turtle and Service Challenge Girls Scouts have just a few days left of adventures with us and are returning home this Saturday. For Service, Hike & Homestay, Caribbean Scuba […] Read More >


20 Tico Spanish Expressions To Learn Before Visiting Costa Rica:

Yes, there are gorgeous beaches, majestic volcanoes, incredible rainforest, and fantastic wildlife. But perhaps the best thing about Costa Rica is its people, culture, and what they can teach us about how to live a happier lifestyle. It’s in their very language — a philosophy of letting go, relaxing, and knowing how to enjoy life. […] Read More >


10 Ways To Fund Your Next Outward Bound Costa Rica Course

Travel isn’t a luxury just for the rich and frivolous. Travel can be a beautiful reality for anyone! There are people of all backgrounds traveling the world on a wide range of budgets. If the lack of money is stopping you from achieving your travel dreams, with a little flexibility, creativity, and resourcefulness, you’ll be able […] Read More >


HIOBS: Patrol 2 – The End of A 70 Day Quest

Written by: Maia Seals, Communications Intern After 20+ days sailing off the Florida coast and 40+ days traveling throughout Costa Rica and Panama, Hurricane Outward Bound School (HIOBS): Patrol 2 students have returned back to the United States with a new outlook on life. HIOBS: Patrol 2 students were a charismatic group. They joined us […] Read More >


HIOBS: Patrol 2 — Anchoring for an Outward Bound Experience

In late March, the second patrol of Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) students docked their sailboat in Florida to trade their view of coastal blue water for the lush rainforest landscapes of Costa Rica. This patrol of ten young men are experiencing a unique 5-phase expedition that includes sailing with Hurricane Island Outward Bound […] Read More >


STAFF STORIES: An Open Farewell Letter to Spring OLS Students

Written by: Bailey Palmer, Field Instructor Photos By: Spring OLS Students— Leon, Joey, and Solveig To my Spring 2017 OLSers, Congratulations! You all have officially completed your leadership course with us here at Outward Bound Costa Rica. I hope you all know how incredibly proud I am of each and every one of you for all you’ve […] Read More >


OLS UPDATE: Saving Baby Cows and Swimming Amongst the Stars

Written by: Maia Seals Photos: Bailey Palmer & Luis Zamora Since traversing the mountains as reported in our last blogpost update, our Outdoor Leadership Semester (OLS) students have been to Panama and back again! Last week, they packed and prepared their gear for an epic adventure to gain their scuba certifications and volunteer on local Panamanian […] Read More >


STAFF STORIES: From Cold Northwest Territories of Canada to Tropical Costa Rica

Written by: Julie Duthey, Group Programs and Partnerships Manager For the past couple of months, I have been working on very special project: establishing a connection between the Cabécar community of Nimari-Ñak, in the region of Turrialba (introduced to me by OBCR Instructor Orlando Zamora) and the students of First Nations communities from the Northwest Territories […] Read More >


Sisters on the Fly Conquer the Mountains in Costa Rica

  Sisters on the Fly (SOTF), the largest Women’s Outdoor Adventure group in the country, joined us for an incredible 8-day Group Program hike through the lush mountainous area far from the tourist route. SOTF spent their first night on our rainforest base near San Jose, and the next morning, began their trek in the southwest […] Read More >


OLS Students Brave the Rivers of Costa Rica

Our Outdoor Leader Semester group of 11 students spent the past 9 days on the Pacuare and the Sarapiqui rivers receiving their Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) certification. They also began their training for their International Rafting Federation (IRF) raft guiding certification. The Pacuare has been named in the Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers for rafting […] Read More >


Combating Deforestation: Why Outward Bound Costa Rica Doesn’t Serve Beef

At Outward Bound Costa Rica, we are committed to sharing social and environmental values with our students. We strive, of course, to be just as exigent regarding our own behaviors as individuals but also as an organization based in Costa Rica. Doing our part to solve these social and environmental issues is part of educating […] Read More >


5 Best Ways to Prevent Insect Bites & Stings

  Outward Bound Costa Rica has been welcoming students to Costa Rica and Panama for more than twenty-five years.  We know how to prepare for safe travel.  We understand that you may be concerned about Zika and other mosquito-born diseases being present in Central America and though none of our courses take place in affected areas, we […] Read More >