Why Outward Bound Costa Rica?

We see students and adults coming away from our courses with stronger leadership skills, a greater understanding of the world around them, and have discovered that they are capable of more than they thought possible.

Who We Are

Outward Bound Costa Rica inspires a lifetime of leadership, growth, and a commitment to serve through adventure-based learning. Since 1994, led by highly skilled and safety-conscious staff, we have delivered experiential education courses, utilizing Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua’s tropical rivers, reefs, and rainforests to help participants discover their hidden potential, and move beyond what they thought possible.

What We Do

We believe that the development of leadership skills, service experience, self-esteem, and self-confidence is paramount for students and adults to thrive—in the classroom, in the workplace, in their family, and in the world.

Our courses encourage participants to value each other’s strengths and differences and to live, work, and learn as a team. We provide opportunities for individuals to challenge themselves and to succeed.

Our educational model is based on 70+ years of teaching through experiential learning. For more information visit our blog post.

Where We Serve

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When Can You Join Us

Summer

Develop vital life skills, expose yourself to local traditions of Costa Rica and Panama and transcend self-imposed limits while trekking remote rainforests, battling whitewater rapids, and catching waves on world-class tropical surf breaks.

Custom Courses

Come anytime by creating your very own Custom Course and take your friends, troop, family or coworkers on an Outward Bound Costa Rica expedition to Costa Rica, Panama, or Nicaragua.

Semester

Ideal for college students and recent high school graduates looking to test their tenacity and cultivate their personal leadership style in the unique tropical wilderness of Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua.

Girl Scout Destinations

Outward Bound Costa Rica has been a trusted partner of Girl Scouts of the USA for over 10 years hosting Girl Scout Destinations courses.

Programs taught in:
  • English

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Courses

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What’s the best way to explore two Central American countries? Go on a cross-country expedition with Outward Bound Costa Rica and trek from the Caribbean to the Pacific! ... [+]

What’s the best way to explore two Central American countries? Go on a cross-country expedition with Outward Bound Costa Rica and trek from the Caribbean to the Pacific! Our Coast to Coast Expedition Semester is an 85-day course with an immersive journey on foot through valleys and lush rainforests for 26 days.

You will have the opportunity to brush up on your Spanish and immerse in Costa Rican traditions while through a homestay with a family in a rural area. Boost your leadership and raft-guiding skills through challenging and exhilarating whitewater rafting excursions. Explore remote tropical islands on a kayak and catch some waves on world-renowned beaches.

Then, travel to neighboring countries - Panama and Nicaragua. Go scuba diving in tropical waters and take part in service learning projects. Engage with natives through activities like sailing, wakeboarding, and snorkeling. At the end of the program, you will earn First Aid and CPR certifications, as well as up to 12 academic credits.... [-]

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To truly survive in the outdoors, you need more than the right skills. You have to be a true leader as well, equipped with essential training in rescue and wilderness med ... [+]

To truly survive in the outdoors, you need more than the right skills. You have to be a true leader as well, equipped with essential training in rescue and wilderness medical care. You will learn about this and more through a fun semester with Outward Bound Costa Rica!

Undergo training in becoming an outdoor professional, helping you acquire necessary leadership skills in the wild. With our Leadership Semester, you will learn to guide rafts down raging rivers, organize rescues, set up belay systems, lead groups through the rainforest, give wilderness medical care, and scuba dive world-class spots. Engage with locals who will teach you about surviving in the Costa Rican jungle.

The program is integrated with certifications, leadership training, and work experience to develop you into a skilled guide or instructor. You will earn up to 10 academic credits upon successful completion.... [-]

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Summer courses

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Adults ages 19 and up can discover Costa Rica in one action-packed week! Begin with a rainforest trek that will bring you to the heart of Costa Rica’s landscape and its t ... [+]

Adults ages 19 and up can discover Costa Rica in one action-packed week!

Begin with a rainforest trek that will bring you to the heart of Costa Rica’s landscape and its traditions. Learn backcountry skills as you navigate through dense tropical jungle to a series of rural homestays where you’ll discover the slower rhythm of living that inspires the “pura vida” lifestyle. Rappel an 80-foot waterfall, and harvest sugar cane from scratch before leaving the jungle and beginning your beach phase. While along the Pacific Coast, conclude your experience in Costa Rica at Manuel Antonio National Park by learning to surf or boogie board with our experienced instructors.

**This course can be combined with 19+ Panama Scuba & Service course for an unforgettable two-week experience.... [-]

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Adults ages 19 and up can discover Costa Rica and Panama in two action-packed weeks for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. ... [+]

Adults ages 19 and up can discover Costa Rica and Panama in two action-packed weeks for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Our summer courses aren’t just for students, they’re for adults too! This is your opportunity to step away from your daily life and reflect on what’s important to you while scuba diving the tropical waters of Panama or trekking through the lush rainforests of Costa Rica.

Choose one of the courses below or combine them to build your ideal two-week summer adventure.

Panama – Week 1 (July 6 - 13)

Discover the natural wonders of Panama’s ecosystems and absorb the Panamanian way of life while learning to scuba dive and sea kayak. Begin your adventure with a sea kayaking expedition through the tropical islands of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. There, earn your NAUI scuba certification while diving among vibrant coral reefs, colorful fish, mangroves, and a sunken ship.... [-]

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Adults ages 19 and up can discover Panama and a taste of Costa Rica in one action-packed week! Discover the natural wonders of Panama’s ecosystems and absorb the Panamani ... [+]

Adults ages 19 and up can discover Panama and a taste of Costa Rica in one action-packed week!

Discover the natural wonders of Panama’s ecosystems and absorb the Panamanian way of life while learning to scuba dive and sea kayak. Begin your adventure with a sea kayaking expedition through the tropical islands of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. There, earn your NAUI scuba certification while diving among vibrant coral reefs, colorful fish, mangroves, and a sunken ship.

**This course can be combined with 19+ Costa Rica Rainforest Trek course for an unforgettable two-week experience.

Program Highlights Get the chance to join deep dives and night dives, if you already have a scuba certification. Gain firsthand experience way of life in a small island community in Panama or the remote rainforest communities in the mountains of Costa Rica. Immerse in Caribbean traditions and culture in Panama. Earn a diver certification upon program completion. Build a bond with coursemates from around the globe. Itinerary ... [-]
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