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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

All Girl Scout Destinations Students Updates – July 21st

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #3 During their time on course, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #3 participants had time to bond in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and drank coconut water from coconuts just cut with a machete near the jungle and the beach! The girls tried trust falls where they had to trust their course […] Read More >

All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – July 7th

Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #2 During their first days, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #2 Girl Scouts stayed at San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve in Panama where they performed night patrols and built sustainable habitats for the baby turtles. The girls had the opportunity to plant trees at San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve and felt very […] Read More >

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 >

Why Experts Say Getting Outside Is Good For You

Running around outside is not only more fun than staring at a TV screen; it’s essential for your health! Studies have shown that spending time outdoors has numerous physical, mental, and social benefits. Programs like Outward Bound are designed to help participants get up close and personal with the outdoors and experiencing these benefits first-hand. Here are […] Read More >

Girl Scout Alum Chosen By Microsoft To Spread Her Love Of Sciences To Girls Around The World

Many of our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni go on to do amazing things after course. Our Girl Scout Destination alumna Laura F. has taken the lessons and confidence that she gained on course and is spreading her love of science to other girls around the globe. Laura’s Science for Success program started out as […] Read More >

Outward Bound Service Expeditions

Service Focused Outward Bound Courses For five years in a row, the University of Alabama has sent groups of motivated students and student leaders on course with Outward Bound Costa Rica through the University of Alabama’s Study Abroad Office and the service-learning focused organization, Alabama Action Abroad. Each summer, students engage in a service-focused Outward […] Read More >

Outward Bound International Journal 2013: Costa Rica

Outward Bound International, the umbrella organization that links over 30 Outward Bound schools worldwide, publishes an annual journal each year in order to feature innovation and best practices around the world. Outward Bound serves around a quarter of a million people a year in over 30 countries and has reached over seven million people in its […] Read More >

Costa Rica: A Culture that Facilitates Happiness, Longevity and High Quality of Life

Life comes with its ups and downs, but some cultures embrace the beauty of living to a greater extent than others. After reading the article entitled, “9 Characteristics of a Culture that Determine Happiness, Longevity and Quality of Life” by Silvia Mordini, we at Outward Bound Costa Rica were inspired to look at what makes our […] Read More >

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 […] Read More >

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 […] Read More >

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 […] Read More >