United World College CR Students from Northern Youth Abroad in Canada Complete Challenging Course

On August 3rd, Outward Bound Costa Rica welcomed five participants from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories of Canada for a 13-day Custom Course adventure. The students were accompanied by their chaperones from Northern Youth Abroad, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help the youth of from the Canadian North realize their potential, developing leadership skills and […] Read More >

Girl Scout Troop 32222 Embrace a Challenge and Conquer Fears in Costa Rica

This group of ladies joined us for 7 action-packed days! The day after their arrival, they headed out to their remote launch point to begin the hike. Along the way, this custom group went waterfall rappelling down an 80-foot waterfall, and learned how to make sugar from raw sugar stalks. After volunteering at a local school in Piedras Blancas […] Read More >

Meet Donna: Chef, Artist, & Outward Bound CR Instructor

Edited & Written By: Maia Seals and Brynna Rao Our talented staff and instructors come from all around the globe and strive to make each student experience valuable and inspiring. Each group that journeys with us brings a new dynamic, which not only helps students learn about who they are, but helps teach instructors more about […] Read More >

Staff Stories: A Letter to Canyon School Students

Written by: Brynna Rao, Media & Marketing Manager 8 days, 30 lb backpacks on our shoulders, and many new firsts for all of us. Students from Canyon School have been waiting nine years to go on course with Outward Bound Costa Rica as part of their 8th grade class trip. Seven students and one chaperone […] 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 >

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 >

Welcome Maia Seals, Communications & Marketing Intern

Hometown: Bordentown, New Jersey Maia received her first camera at the age of nine years old. She studied darkroom and digital photography at Buxton High School, a boarding school in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It was there that she began to develop an eye for photography, as well as a need for exploration. She majored in Journalism […] Read More >

Welcome Brynna Rao, Media & Marketing Manager

Brynna is a photographer, videographer, and digital media strategist born in Cheshire, Connecticut. She graduated university in 2014 with honors, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services and Spanish from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After university, she became the first full-time employee at The Adventure Project, an international nonprofit in New […] Read More >

Welcome Maria Fernanda Batista as our OBCR Open Enrollment Manager

We are pleased to welcome Maria Fernanda Batista to our Outward Bound Costa Rica family.  Maria will have responsibility for our summer and semester open enrollment courses, as well as our USA Girl Scout Destinations course. Maria comes to OBCR from AFS Costa Rica where she was Educational Coordinator. In addition to her responsibilities as […] Read More >


Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Group Programs & Partnerships Manager, Julie Duthey to our Communications team. Julie will be responsible for managing and developing Custom Courses and partnerships, so that more participants get to experience our life-changing outdoor adventures in Costa Rica and Panama. Julie Duthey: Custom Course and Partnerships Manager Hometown: Valenciennes, […] Read More >

Why I Moved 3,209 Miles to Intern with Outward Bound Costa Rica

Looking back, it’s a little crazy that I ended up in Costa Rica this semester. I have always been a little spontaneous in life. I try to embrace everything life throws at me and make it work in my favor. On January 6th of this year, I got an email offering me a Marketing & […] 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 >

¡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 >

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 >

¡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 >

¡Bienvenida a Carolyn! OBCR’s New Group Programs & Partnerships Manager

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Group Programs & Partnerships Manager, Carolyn Crist to our communications team. Carolyn will be responsible for managing and developing custom courses to bring a wide range of students to OBCR that help push their limits in the natural settings and adventures found in Costa Rica and Panama. Carolyn […] Read More >

Meet Ilia: Student to Instructor with the Outdoor Leader Semester

Ilia Corella Hometown: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands OLS Spring 2015 Alum Ilia transitioned from student to instructor with the Outdoor Leader Semester after completing her course in Spring 2015 and then working as an Outward Bound Costa Rica Field Instructor Intern during the summer season. She couldn’t wait to work as an intern on all of the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure Girl […] Read More >

¡Bienvenida a Debra! OBCR’S New Director of Communications & Marketing

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Director of Communications & Marketing, Debra “Deb” Woolley to our leadership team! Deb brings 20 years of experience to Outward Bound Costa Rica, having previously worked in the field of international education with roles at AFS-USA and the National Society of Leadership and Success. A […] Read More >

Welcome, Outward Bound Costa Rica Summer 2015 Interns!

Every summer, Outward Bound Costa Rica (OBCR) welcomes several new staff members to assist during our high season on and off course. We are thrilled to have such a talented group of young interns joining the team in the Communications Office and in the field as Instructor Interns! ¡Bienvenidos a todos! Communications & Marketing Intern […] Read More >

¡Bienvenido a Wade! OBCR’s New Communications and Marketing Intern

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Communications and Marketing Intern, Wade Angeli, to our communications team! Wade will be assisting the team with program outreach, enrollment, creating marketing materials, managing social media, and blogging. He looks forward to using his skills and experience to promote OBCR. Wade Angeli Hometown: Centreville, VA Education: […] Read More >