Our Partners

Belo Travel


Belo Travel is a leading international company in the tourism segment. Specializing in giving international exchange students and organizations an opportunity to travel, Belo has partnered with OBCR to bring Costa Rica to their clientele.  Our itineraries are specially designed to provide greater contact with nature and local culture, awakening the conscience and interest for the preservation of history and the ecosystem.

For more information, visit www.belousa.com


Canyon School

Canyon_School_logoNestled deep within the redwoods and flowing creek, Canyon School is the only school located in the Canyon District, serving as a California public K-8 institution. Canyon School has a long-lasting tradition of sending their 8th graders on an adventure with Outward Bound Costa Rica.

Here is what our 2016 students said about their course:

“I learned that I can do more than I had thought. I think after doing this course I will be a more adventurous person” Ava, 13

All you need in life is self control, teamwork, and lots of water” Julian, 13

“The best thing that ever happened to me” Solomon, 13

For more information, visit Canyon School’s website


The European School / Colegio Europeo

Colegio-Europeo-logoCosta Rica European School was founded in 1989 by its Director, Anne Aronson, who longed to see in her adopted country of Costa Rica a school emphasizing the Liberal Arts and the Humanities, such as she had known during her formative years in France and in her university education at the Sorbonne in Paris. OBCR and The European School have been partnering for many years to offer a fully-customized Outdoor Adventure Program to their students, every year.

Here is what The European School’s students had to say about their trip, in January ’17:

“I learned that I perform better when working with and for others” Miguel, 16

“I learned how thankful I need to be for what I have. (…) I’ll appreciate everything more.” Gabriel, 17

“The most rewarding journey I’ve ever taken” Dani, 17

“I learned that in embracing discomfort, you can find true joy” Victoria, 16

I got to enjoy myself more than I expected and I feel like I got to improve as a person” Young Ae, 17

“I learned that I am stronger than I thought, I just have to believe in myself and be positive” Sally, 16

For more information, visit www.europeanschool.com


Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)


For over 10 years Outward Bound Costa Rica has been an approved provider of programs for GSUSA Destinations. Destinations is the ultimate in adventure programming for Girl Scouts aged 11 – 18.  Scholarships are available for specific courses offered each winter and summer. We also design Custom Courses for Girl Scouts troops on a regular basis, based on their objectives.

I really did this for our girls and feel that the timing of this trip was perfect as they are ready to go off to college & start the adult chapter of their life. I feel that this trip provided them with lifelong tools to know that they can do it – whatever it is they have it within themselves!” Linda – Girl Scouts Troop Leader (Troop 6415), 2017

“The course was perfect in regards to presenting me and the team with challenges we needed to face individually as one. It also gave us plenty of opportunities to grow and celebrate our success” Jennifer – Girl Scouts Troop Leader (Troop 3161), 2016

I am leaving Costa Rica with a renewed belief in my abilities to lead girls and challenge myself in a new culture and foreign land” Meg – Girl Scouts Troop Leader (Troop 31655), 2016

For more information visit GSUSA’s website




Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, Herbs4Youth is a consortium of learning institutions in Costa Rica, Jamaica and Brasil.  The project’s aim is to increase capacity for vocational education and training of marginalized youth in the collection, cultivation and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants in the partner countries.  This is a multi year project between OBCR, Herbs4Youth and INA (INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE APRENDIZAJE).

For more information visit www.herbs4youth.eu


Hurricane Island Outward Bound (HIOBS)


Outward Bound USA established its first sea-based school on the coast of Maine in 1964.  Hurricane Island, a remote island approximately 75 miles northeast of Portland, served as the summer base camp for sailing, sea kayaking, and rock climbing programs.  The island-based school that Peter Willauer started in 1964 gave birth to programs that now extend from Maine to Florida and all the way to the Caribbean and Central America and serve high school, gap year, and college students as well as a struggling teen population, adults looking for wilderness adventure and Veterans from our Armed Forces.   OBCR is proud to partner for many years with HIOBS enabling their students to learn and enjoy the wonders of Central America.

For more information, visit www.hiobs.org


Lincoln School

Lincoln-School_logoLincoln School is a non-profit school that continues to be the leader in providing a US style, multi-cultural, bi-lingual education in Costa Rica, while educating and instilling reverence for national culture. In December 2016, we took Lincoln School’s students on a hike & camping weekend to the lagunas of Barva volcano. A great opportunity to challenge themselves, learn survival skills, observe the local wildlife and learn how to work as a team!

For more information, visit www.lincoln.ed.cr


National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)


The Society is the nation’s largest leadership honor society.  Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential.  Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.  With 524 chapters, the Society currently has 669,856 members nationwide.

In addition to honorable distinction, the Society provides a step-by- step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online.  Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country.  Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.

Membership is for life and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and much more. Members receive a 10% discount on OBCR courses.

For more information visit www.societyleadership.org


The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)


Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millennials through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks.  NSHSS members become lifetime members.  At each step along the way – from high school to college to career – NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. NSHSS members receive a $400 discount on OBCR courses.

For more information about NSHSS visit www.nshss.org.  


Outdoor Women’s Alliance

OWA-Badge-Logo-FinalOutdoor Women’s Alliance is a volunteer-run nonprofit media and adventure collective that engages, educates, and empowers females worldwide. Through the lens of human-powered adventure, OWA works to inspire confidence and leadership in women of all ages, believing that confident women have the power to build healthy communities and — quite literally — change the world. OBCR is proud of its new partnership with OWA  around shared core values and objectives: to give a sense of belonging and self worth; to instill leadership and confidence and to provide non-judgmental support to women passionate about adventure, in the spectacular settings of Central America.

Now, in answer to the many requests they receive from women, they are working to make entry into the outdoors easier, and need your help to make it happen. Find out how you can support Outdoor Women’s Alliance’s efforts and what they plan to accomplish with your donation: http://bit.ly/owacrowdfunding.

For more information visit www.outdoorwomensalliance.com


Outward Bound Peacebuilding (OBPeace)


Outward Bound Peacebuilding pursues two strategies to build relationships across divided communities and contribute to lasting peace. First, their methodology is based on experiential learning – learning by doing. Second, they invest in local leaders who are best positioned to understand and solve the conflicts in their communities.  Year after year, OBPeace and OBCR partner to bring participants from around the world to Central America where they push beyond their known limits physically, spiritually and intellectually.  This important partnership defines the mission of Outward Bound worldwide.

For more information visit outwardboundpeace.org


Sisters on the Fly (SOTF)


“Sisters on the Fly” is the largest outdoor women’s group in the United States with currently over 7,800 “Sisters.” This membership-based community supports women in their journey to get up, get out and become more adventurous! As a group of women, SOTF challenges themselves in all that they set our minds to.
They do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, status, or disability. All women who want to share in the adventures of sisterhood are welcome. OBCR partners with SOTF to provide adventure based courses to their membership.

For more information visit www.sistersonthefly.com


SUNY Cortland

logo_cortlandThe inspiration to be a champion in every aspect of life — that’s the value of the experiences and education at SUNY Cortland. SUNY Cortland has been a partner of Outward Bound Costa Rica for many years, sending students on a Service Adventure program in Costa Rica.  After a hike and homestay adventure, students volunteer on a Sea-turtle conservation project, along with local biologists.

Here is what SUNY Cortland students had to say about their trip, in January ’17:

“My favorite part was helping the baby Olive Ridley turtles. I’ve never been part of something like that before & I will always remember it” Ally, 21

“I have never been mind-blown so many times in such a short period of time” Bridget, 20

“This course helped me become a better version of myself” Ian, 27

For more information visit www2.cortland.edu



Surfcamp-online.comSurfcamp-online.com is the most complete directory of quality Surf Camps all over the world with focus on Europe.

Possibility of individual inquiries or inquiry of several Surf Camps at once for specific regions.

For more information visit www.surfcamp-online.com


University of Central Florida (UCF)

TabLockup_vertical_KGrgb_72ppiOBCR partnered with the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) to design an Outdoor Adventure Trip for its students in December 2016. The UCF Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) comprises many programs, such as Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Outdoor Adventure, Fitness, and Aquatics.

Here is what UCF students had to say about their trip:

“It exceeded my wildest dreams. I never imagined I could push myself as much as I did this week. Bonding with strangers and growing closer to friends while experiencing a beautiful country was just amazing” Kristin, 21

“I will carry so many pieces of this journey with me for the rest of my life” Brittany, 23

“I was able to improve my leadership skills, I realized my breaking point physically is much further from where I thought it was, and I absolutely want to keep exploring and growing” Cheniene, 25

For more information visit the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center’s website 


United World College of Costa Rica


Our combined mission is to educate a diverse group of young men and women to become happy, healthy and committed individuals, capable through their leadership and engagement, of fostering positive change in their communities in order to contribute to achieving a more sustainable and peaceful world. UWC students receive a 15% discount on all OBCR courses.

For more information visit UWC Costa Rica’s website


University of Washington – First Year Program

UWashington-logoThe UW is one of the world’s preeminent public universities, and OBCR is proud to partner with this prestigious university every year for an International Outdoor Adventure. More than just a trip, it is an experience that fosters self-discovery, cultural competency, leadership skills, and lifelong learning. Our shared philosophies and trip elements teach First Year students how to be successful the classroom, and allows them to meet and bond with other students before they start their new life!

Here is what University of Washington FY students and chaperones said about their 2016 trip:

Connecting with other people and seeing how the families in the homestays live made me feel more connected to humans everywhere – giving me a sense of serenity and pride knowing what we could achieve” Alex, 21

I learned how to work together with people I had never met and that people, no matter how different they might be, are surprisingly similar at the core” Kaelyn, 18

“I learned that I have to put myself out there in everything, and when I do I can accomplish anything. I will now challenge myself more” Mikaela, 18

“An active, demanding, adventurous journey with brand new best friends” Jonathan, 19

For more information, visit University of Washington – First Year Program’s website  


Western State Colorado University


Our partnership with Western State Colorado University provides participants of our Gap Year Semester courses the opportunity to earn up to 12 academic credits through a US accredited university.

For more information, visit www.western.edu


Winterline Global Skills


OBCR is in its second year of partnership with Winterline Global Skills gap year program a 9 month, 10 country, 100 skills program. Winterline Global Education offers skills-based gap, semester and summer programs for young adults with an adventurous spirit and an interest in the world around them. OBCR provides SCUBA certification and sea kayak adventure along with community service projects in Panama.

For more information, visit www.winterline.com


Youth for Understanding (YFU)

Youth_For_Understanding_(emblem)YFU is a non-profit international educational organization with national organizations in more than 50 different countries. Over 260,000 students and as many host families have benefited from the support and expertise of YFU. Since its beginning, YFU has been united by the belief that full cultural immersion is an effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, competitive global society. They have earned the reputation as one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most respected intercultural exchange programs over the past 60 years of success. At their core, they are a catalyst for positive global change, leading communities into the future.  YFU brings school groups to OBCR for short-term intercultural and adventure-based learning.

For more information, visit www.yfuusa.org