Outward Bound Costa Rica
Outward Bound Costa Rica Programs
Experience an unforgettable adventure with fellow Girl Scouts from across the United States! Our four GSUSA Destinations courses in Costa Rica and Panama will give you an...
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!...
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...
Find out what exploring "off-the-beaten path" truly means when you journey through a deep jungle trek together with other teens on this adventure-packed program. Discover...
Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, boasts mostly of rich cultural heritage. But the entire Central American nation is known the world over for its biodiversity, volcanoes,...
Immerse in the beautiful contrast of Panama and Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes through an outdoor program, which features service learning. Depending on your preferred...
Adults ages 19 and up can discover Costa Rica or Panama in one action-packed week or combine both the courses below for a two-week unforgettable experience. PANAMA - 1-WEEK Discover...
Outward Bound Costa Rica Reviews
Outward Bound Costa Rica, girl scout destinations... something you never regret
Submitted by Brooke - Austin United States | November 05, 2017
Outward Bound Costa Rica has been a major influence on my life. Through OBCR's group mindset and adventure based courses, my eyes have been opened to a bigger meaning of life and the world itself. Throughout my two OBCR courses, I have met some of my closest friends and experienced many memorable adventures.
My first year with OBCR I participated in the Catching Waves course. This course allowed me to immerse myself in Costa Rican culture and learn to surf. This adventure included rafting, volunteering in the local town, eating local food(one of my favorites being Lychee fruit), flying through a Costa Rican rainforest canopy during our rope course experience, and many leadership lessons. On this course, my group and I became very close and I still remain in contact with each girl I met.
My second Outward Bound course was called Scuba and Sea Turtle Adventure. The group had the opportunity to assist with sea turtle conservational work; with participating in night patrols and getting to release newly hatched baby sea turtles back into the wild. Also, I left Panama with newly acquired scuba certification. While on this course I discovered many new things pertaining to marine life and the effects humans have on its environment.
With the Outward Bound experience, it is impossible to leave the same as you arrived. I have grown so much as an individual through the guidance of my instructors on my courses and the experience itself. Each and every course will leave you with different lessons about the world and about yourself. I can guarantee that a trip with Outward Bound will challenge you mentally and physically, however, it will be the most rewarding and enlightening experience you will ever be a part of.
Amazing experience (although, not what I expected)
Submitted by Caleigh Dahn - Southwestern Michigan College | October 23, 2017
Through Outward Bound Costa Rica, I was able to go on my Girl Scout Destination called, Scuba and Sea Turtle Adventure. I had an amazing time on the destination however there was some aspects that I wasn't expecting about my trip. I was told that I would be learning more about the coastal ecology (which we didn't learn much), and we spent less time with the turtles than expected. I am going into Zoology so I took on this destination from a more educational standpoint than most, however if you are looking for a Panamanian adventure that immerses you in the culture filled with fun activities and journeys along the way this is for you. Through my Girl Scout Destination I was able to learn more about myself and the culture I was surrounded in.
My amazing Outward Bound Costa Rica experience
Submitted by Samantha | October 12, 2017
My experience with Outward Bound Costa Rica was nothing short of life changing. I cannot express in words how strongly I encourage that every Girl Scout should apply for this amazing program. It will allow you to dive into a new and exciting culture, head first. Every minute was a new and exhilarating adventure, filled with fun and important life lessons. This course provided me with opportunities that I could receive no where else.
Some of the amazing opportunities I was presented with were releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean, doing a home stay in a small indigenous community in Costa Rica, visiting schools and conversing with local students, learning how to make traditional Costa Rican food, and helping beautify a community soccer field.
The amazing staff at Outward Bound Costa Rica was so caring towards each and every one of us. After spending merely two weeks with twelve other girls and my instructors, we became a family. The friendships that I made on this trip are ones that are unbreakable. The experiences are ones that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I am so thankful to have partook in such an amazing program.
Submitted by Nannette - Waterloo Belgium | August 30, 2017
As a parent it was hard to sit back and not be the parent. It was reassuring to watch the girls develop life skills. They have grown so much and the test will be to see how they put all of it to use here at home. We can't wait to come back!
Program: Custom Course in Costa Rica & Panama
Submitted by Gap Year Student - Northwestern University | May 18, 2016
Open up your view of the world physically, emotionally, mentally. spiritually, and everything in between with Costa Rica Outward Bound. I was a student on the Coast to Coast Expedition, and while the title expedition was my favorite part of the trip, every phase had strengths, weaknesses, and lessons. Surfing is a lesson in perseverance. With no surfing experience, for me the phase was just continuous wipe-outs in the exhausting waves, but I think I got somewhere toward the end.... Anyway, SCUBA diving was absolutely amazing. Sea kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in Panama were just absolutely glorious ways to experience the wonders of the Caribbean. And the hike! The hike was an ever-evolving journey as a team to traverse the width of the fabulous country of Costa Rica. I loved the roads, the people, the group development, the mountains, the food, and the satisfying pain from having walked miles and miles carrying heavily loaded packs. The organization of the trip could be frustrating at times, but it really just takes a positive attitude to get through lateness, missing gear, an absent sailboat captain, etc. As for group dynamics, you never know what you're going to get. Maybe your instructors are perfect for you and your group; maybe you clash. Maybe your group works ridiculously well together; maybe you fall apart daily. Maybe you do a bit of both. Everything about the trip is a risk worth taking.