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Guest Writer: Lucy Manlick Pens College Application Essay on Her OBCR Experience

Turtle Tracks Written by: Lucy Manlick I hear a shout in the distance, calling me to the night-blackened beach. This is it. The moment. The one I have been waiting for ever since we arrived here in Panama. The turtles are hatching. I take off running, trying to get to the hatchery as fast as […] 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 >


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 >


2017 Spring OLS gains their certifications!

 Our Outdoor Leader Semester group was back on base for the last 2 weeks studying and practicing to gain their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & Technical Ropes (TRRO) certifications.  It wasn’t easy sitting in class for the majority of their days, but they did it with ease. It’s not easy being the victim for the […] 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 >


OBCR Welcomes OLS Students

Bienvenido OLS (Outdoor Leadership Semester) students! Their orientation day is now over, now it’s time to start packing! After a good night’s rest they will head for their first day on the river tomorrow: we can’t wait to hear all about it!     Read More >


Khadija Jallow: Keeping The Bajo Cuen Library Project Going (GS Gold Award)

Khadija came down on our Girl Scout Service Challenge last summer and felt inspired to pursue her Gold Award to further stock the library she helped build in Talamanca. She created a website for donations and more information.which you can find with a link to here.  1. What made you chose to do an Outward […] Read More >


Building A Library In Rural Costa Rica: Bella Kimmel’s GSUSA Gold Award Project

Isabela Kimmel, a Girl Scout from Anaheim, CA, was a participant in our Girl Scout Service Challenge and headed the amazing project of building a library for a rural isolated community in Costa Rica. “I went to the Leadership in Andes: Peru [Girl Scout] Destination last summer and I was inspired to focus my Girl […] Read More >


Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Ruthanne Martin

Name: Ruthanne Martin Hometown: Katy, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Girl Scout Destinations Service Challenge #2 July 2016 1. What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course because I wanted to travel out of my comfort zone. I really wanted to embark on […] Read More >


Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Girl Scout Anna Maddison

Name: Anna Maddison Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge 2016 Ambassador Accomplishments: Anna Maddison took on spreading the word about Outward Bound Costa Rica after she returned from her course. Not only did she give materials and information about our programs to family and friends, but also to the students in […] Read More >


Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Allie Highsmith

Name: Allie Highsmith Hometown: Centennial, CO Occupation: Student Course name/year: Rainforest, River, and Reef 2016 1. What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I was looking for an adventure, and man, was I satisfied. 2. What is your favorite memory from your course? I suppose it wasn’t really one memory, […] Read More >


Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Brynna Boyd

Name: Brynna Boyd Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge 2016 What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I wanted to be able to do service and see a new place. I had researched and learned about Costa Rica in school, and I […] Read More >


All Girl Scout Destinations Students Updates – July 28th

CATCHING WAVES #1 This Tuesday marked the end of our Catching Waves #1 Girl Scout Destination. Students completed their week of surfing as better surfers and travelers! The group goes home with memories, new friends and skills. We wish all them the best of luck in all their future endeavors. SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #3 The Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #3 participants spent […] 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 >


All Girl Scout Destinations Student Updates – June 23rd

SCUBA & SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE #1 After their arrival at our Rainforest Base, the Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #1 Girl Scouts spent several days in San San Pond Sak Wetland Reserve helping with local sea turtle conservation efforts by performing night patrols and building sustainable habitats. “It was such an amazing experience and I’ll never forget holding the […] Read More >


Welcome, Outward Bound Costa Rica Summer 2016 Interns!

Every summer, Outward Bound Costa Rica 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 field as Instructor Interns! ¡Bienvenidos a todos! FIELD INSTRUCTOR INTERNS Alumni of our Outdoor Leader Semester (OLS) who best exemplify what […] Read More >


5 Life Lessons Your Teen Will Get From Going Abroad Alone

Letting kids go away abroad alone isn’t always easy for parents. However, international experiences are amazing opportunities to discover the world and collect memories that last a lifetime and open our eyes forever. We’ve come up with five life lessons that your teen will surely learn while being abroad on their own: 1. Being present every step of […] Read More >


Featured Alumni Ambassador: Anna Vogts

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and the amazing things they do after finishing their Outward Bound Costa Rica course. Participants of our Alumni Ambassador program help spread the word about their life changing experiences in Costa Rica.    Name: Anna Vogts  Hometown: Paola, Kansas  Year in school/Occupation: Junior in High School  Course attended with OBCR: Scuba […] 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 >