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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 >


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 >


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 — 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 >


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 >


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 >


5 Reasons to Earn International Outdoor Certifications

Our programs, including Semester and Summer programs, give the opportunity to our students to earn internationally-recognized certifications. But why is this important? We’ve come up with the five most important reasons why you should consider earning your outdoor certifications, whether or not you want to be an outdoor professional: 1. Safety For you and others: going […] Read More >


What’s around the River Bend? Earn Your IRF Raft Guide Certification and Find Out!

There’s a lot you can learn from a river. From deep life lessons on how to choose the “correct” path, to technical skills for mastering whitewater rapids and further understanding your potential as a leader, students come off the river phases of our courses with greater appreciation for their group, themselves, and the river. Who […] 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 >


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 >


Farewell To Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester

Today we bid farewell to our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester Students. The group spent 70 days with us, earning internationally recognized certifications and learning to become leaders while participating in challenging outdoor activities through Costa Rica and Panama. “We just finished the three day expedition on the upper upper Pacuare river, it was probably the coolest thing […] Read More >


Farewell to our Florida Keys to Costa Rica Leadership Semester Students

After 85 days with us in Costa Rica and Panama, the time has come to bid farewell to our students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. From surfing in Playa Dominical to scuba diving in Bocas del Toro in Panama, the students pushed their limits and earned their Whitewater Rescuer Technician and NAUI Scuba Diver certifications. The homestays on the hike were a […] Read More >


Florida Keys To Costa Rica Leadership Semester Update: March 22nd

The students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School just returned from their rafting phase on el Río Pacuare and have plenty of memories! “Whitewater rafting and dealing with inflatable kayaks was the best part of the course, especially working on swift water rescue. Learning to read the river and being comfortable to work on the river in the end was a […] 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 >


Waterfront Lifeguarding: Train for Safety at the Beach

Do you love swimming at the beach in the pounding ocean? Or do you prefer to the tranquility of a lake? Either way, you might be interested in earning your Waterfront Lifeguarding certification, just one of the internationally recognized certifications offered on our Outdoor Leader Semester and our River to Sea Leadership Semester. Keep reading […] Read More >