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 >

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 >

Planting Trees, Hiking, and Conservation: Girl Scout Updates!

This past Saturday we received 3 new groups of Girl Scouts: Service Challenge #3, Rainforest River & Reef #2, and Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure #3. Since their arrival on Saturday, the groups have all spread out to various parts of Costa Rica and Panama to begin service projects and excursions. Here is where they […] 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 >

Mountaintop Revelations with the Outdoor Leadership Semester Students

After spending two weeks on intensive Wilderness First Responder training and practicals, our Outdoor Leadership Semester (OLS) students were anxious to stretch their legs along the Costa Rican mountain range. They traveled from homestay to homestay and with each new visit, our students appreciated the simplicity of life here and how cultures, even sub-cultures, differ […] Read More >

Hiring a Marketing & Media Manager

OBCR is currently looking for a Marketing & Media Manager to complete our dynamic office. The Communications Office is a small, collaborative team responsible for all communications, sales, marketing and customer service tasks organization-wide. Staffers are charged with increasing course participation across all target audiences and ensuring excellent customer service with regard to stakeholder communication […] Read More >

Coast to Coast Semester Update – December 15

Coast to Coast Semester After 85 days together, our Coast to Coast Semester group headed home on Tuesday. “I’ve changed so much over the course of this trip, but definitely the change that stands out to me the most is my overall attitude and outlook on life. I wake up every day happy and excited now” […] Read More >

Semester Update – December 8th

Coast to Coast Semester Today is the final day of the sea kayak expedition for the Coast to Coast Semester group. “With only one week left, the group is enjoying every second,” said Bailey, one of their instructors. “And reflecting on all they’ve been through over the past 79 days.” Each morning, the group paddled […] Read More >

Meet our New Alumni Ambassador: Samantha Major

Name: Samantha Major Hometown: Natick, MA Occupation: College Student Course name/year: Costa Rica Service Challenge – 2015   What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course because I was looking for an international adventure where I was able to help people […] Read More >

Why You Should Spend Your Gap Year in Costa Rica

Options are more and more varied when it comes to taking a Gap Year, particularly if you decide to go abroad. The variety of options can become overwhelming, so we’ve decided to help by listing some of the reasons why you should absolutely make Costa Rica a top destination: Biodiversity & Nature Costa Rica, a small Central […] Read More >

How to Get the Most Out of Your Hike

If you’ve decided to spend your summer hiking with Outward Bound Costa Rica, then you’re in for a life changing experience. Hiking through the rainforest during the Rainforest Hike and Homestay, staying in remote villages, testing your physical and mental strength, will change the way you view yourself and the world. At Outward Bound Costa […] Read More >

Five Environment Saving Tricks

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica, we are constantly reminded of how amazing our environment is and today, we should all be thinking a little harder about what we can do to protect it. Here are five easy things you can do at home that really will make a difference in the […] Read More >

5 Ways to Get Your Outdoor Fix Everyday

One of the things we love most about Outward Bound Costa Rica is the nature we are immersed in everyday. Whether surfing at the beach, rafting in the river, or hiking in the rainforest, our students are always surrounded by the incredible outdoors. But what happens when students return home? For most people, spending this […] Read More >

5 Things You Should Know About Turtles In Central America – the Largest in the World!

On Summer Expeditions and Girl Scout Destinations, some of our students get the chance to discover one of the most mysterious animals found in Costa Rica and Panama: leatherback sea turtles! Now, there are no doubts that these turtles are beautiful and will help you have some great pictures after your adventure in Central America, […] Read More >

5 Reasons to Leave Your Phone Behind When You Travel

  Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica, we’ve adopted a “no technology” policy for students while they are on course with us. We want to maximize their time on course and help them get the most out of the one-of-a-kind adventure they participate in here in the luscious nature of Costa Rica! Whether you are on […] Read More >

2016 Spring Leadership Semester Update: March 21st

Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester students, who are on course for 65 days earning 7 internationally recognized certifications, have just arrived from a surfing phase where they have been catching warm-water breaks in Playa Uvita and Playa Dominical. They also got the chance to go to the Manuel Antonio National Park and take a peak at the extraordinary beauty of […] Read More >

Featured Alumni Ambassador: Samantha Warren

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and their amazing accomplishments. Participants of our Alumni Ambassador program help spread the word about their life changing experiences on course. If you would like to join the team and be a featured alumnus on our blog, start by filling out our Alumni Ambassador form.  Name: Samantha Warren […] Read More >

Explore 2016 Summer Expeditions With Videos & Guide

[youtube link=””] Imagine stepping barefoot onto a bed of soft sand, the grains slipping between your toes and the warm sun on your skin as you and your surfboard get ready to hit the waves for the day. Or hiking through a dense, green rainforest, the crisp smell of the outdoors instantly overtaking your nostrils, the […] Read More >

Special Discount for Members of the National Society of High School Scholars

  Outward Bound Costa Rica and The National Society of High School Scholars are pleased to announce a partnership that offers NSHSS members an opportunity to participate on our outdoor adventure programs in Costa Rica and Panama at a discounted price.   NSHSS members receive a 10% discount on each course. The discount can be applied towards published tuition for any of our courses, […] Read More >