Posted 1 year ago

August 24th Links

We just discovered BootsnAll Travel website and are becoming fast fans. Recently, they talk about how cultural immersion and learning go hand in hand. According to the article, “a learning vacation can give you the opportunity to do something you’ve always wanted to do while truly discovering a country’s culture—and can enrich your life long after the trip is over.” We’re inclined to agree!

According to a recent report, participation in outdoor recreation is at a five-year high. Check out other important trends from the study here!

Any hiking or camping enthusiast knows how awesome granola is as an on-the-go snack and can appreciate the delicious difference between store-bought and homemade. This recipe posted by Seattle Backpackers Magazine looks to pack a lot of flavor while still being easy to make… We may just have to try it out!

This former geologist, now outdoor enthusiast mom, has made quite the interesting blog dedicated to her passion for educational travel. In a recent blog post, she talks all about the value of experiential education for both children and adults. Definitely worth a read!

 

Posted 1 year ago

Inspiring Athletes

Here at Costa Rica Outward Bound we’re always excited to hear stories about people pushing their limits, inspiring others and just generally being awesome. Check out some of the people that have been catching our attention in the endurance world lately…

Sixty-two year old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad set out last Friday on her fourth attempt to swim from Havana, Cuba to the Florida Keys. Sadly, after jellyfish stings and a storm blowing in, Nyad ended what she says will be her final attempt. Nonetheless, we can’t help but admire her drive and be inspired by all her previous accomplishments. Read more about Nyad here.

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Costa Rican Olympic Triathlete Leo Chacon impressed us not only with his athleticism and determination, but by being perhaps the classiest guy on the planet. Read about the message Chacon sent to Canadian Triathlete Simon Whitfield after the race in which Whitfield caused Chacon to take a spill during the bike portion.

Over the years we’ve heard stories of people like Dick Hoyt and Rick van Beek who have participated in road races and triathlons with their children who would be unable to do so alone. Stories like this are certainly inspiring but leave some thinking, “What can I do?”  Ronald Robb and myTeam Triumph have the answer.

Tell us who inspires you!

 

Posted 1 year ago

August 17th Links

Brush up on your knowledge of Costa Rica by taking a look at this guide to cultural symbols and local recipes by the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington D.C.! Read about the history of the country and see why hard work and peace are valued here. Viva siempre el trabajo y la paz!

Even the termites in Costa Rica are amazing! This recent articles talks about how scientists from other countries are traveling to Costa Rica in order to examine the digestive systems of local termites. The digestive systems of these termites are allowing researchers to understand how to convert material into bio-fuels. Que chiva!

It’s true that a course with Outward Bound might not be the most comfortable or relaxing experience of your life, but boy does it foster change and personal growth! We loved this article in which the journalist talks about how he was inspired to send his daughter on a Outward Bound course after seeing the off-Broadway show, Blown Sideways through Life.

Studying abroad not only exposes a young person to a new culture, but can be a definite benefit later in life when that person is looking for employment. Spending a significant period of time in a new place can ensure language proficiency and cultural awareness and therefore leads to better job prospects says this article. Read more here!

Posted 1 year ago

August 10th Links

Colorado Outward Bound is doing something right and that’s why this year they are celebrating their 50th anniversary! Although COBS has experienced its share of difficulties during its existence the school has overcome obstacles and is continuing to promote programs which encourage  learning through the wilderness as opposed to learning about the wilderness. Everyone from 12-year-olds to war veterans sign-up for Colorado Outward Bound courses each year to challenge themselves and to discover “[you] don’t need much for a happy life – that it’s not what you have, but who you are.” We salute you, Colorado Outward Bound!

Deforestation throughout Latin America due to cattle ranching has been and continues to be a huge problem. Although Brazil designated a large plot of its land as an area of conservation several years ago, it now appears the country’s political figures are allowing environmental protection mandates to wane. Read more about Costa Rica’s ongoing efforts to protect its many ecosystems and robust biodiversity here.
*Click here to read more about Costa Rica Outward Bound’s local impact and what we do to protect our surroundings.

Speaking of conservation in Costa Rica, this couple from the United States purchased 600 acres of land that was vulnerable to deforestation and has turned it into a treehouse community focused on sustainability! The treehouses come complete with indoor plumbing, WiFi and zipline cables for easy transfer between structures. We think this is pretty cool!

Posted 1 year ago

Summer Students Update: August 10th 2012

It’s our final update for Summer courses here at Costa Rica Outward Bound!  See how we’ve wrapped up the summer. For course photos, check out the albums on our Facebook page and on Flickr!

Interested in joining us this fall? There’s still room in our Tri-Country and Leadership Semester courses… or if you’re a group of five or more, you can build your own adventure through our Custom course program!

Summer Courses (Open Enrollment)


Surf Intensive #3 and Hike & Homestay Adventure #3

Hike & Homestay #3 and Surf Intensive #3 students are now headed home! Both groups spent their last few days rafting Costa Rica’s beautiful Sarapiqui River, ziplining on a canopy tour and doing a little shopping at a local artisan market in San Jose. Adios, chicos!

[caption id=”attachment_9640” align=”aligncenter” width=”225” caption=”Instructor Diego and student Hannah dance their way through one of their treks during Hike & Homestay #3!”]Instructor Diego and student Hannah dance their way through one of their treks during Hike & Homestay #3![/caption]

Posted 1 year ago

Summer Students Update: August 7th 2012

It’s officially summer here at Costa Rica Outward Bound! Tune in to our blog on Tuesdays & Fridays for updates on our students’ adventures here in Costa Rica. For course photos, check out the albums on our Facebook page and on Flickr!

Summer Courses (Open Enrollment)


Surf Intensive #3

After mastering the waves of Playa Avellanas, the group headed to Manuel Antonio to check out the surf along the central coast.

Hike & Homestay Adventure #3

They’ve conquered the hiking and surfing. Now… to the river!!

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Girl Scout Destination Courses


Underwater Explorers #3

The girls went ziplining and wrapped up with their final dinner yesterday. They were our final Girl Scout Destination group of the summer… adios, chicas! Tune in later this week to our Facebook page and on Flickr for more photos from their adventures!

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Posted 1 year ago

Summer Students Update: August 3rd 2012

It’s officially summer here at Costa Rica Outward Bound! Tune in to our blog on Tuesdays & Fridays for updates on our students’ adventures here in Costa Rica. For course photos, check out the albums on our Facebook page and on Flickr!

Summer Courses (Open Enrollment)


Surf Intensive #3

Our surfers are having a great time honing their surfing skills and camping at beautiful Playa Avellanas. Here’s a picture some of our Marketing staff managed to get for us:

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Hike & Homestay Adventure #3

This group is finishing their last day of hiking today. Now they’re off to the beach for some surfing!

Girl Scout Destination Courses


Catching Waves #2

After returning from the beach, the ladies of Catching Waves did a day of ziplining and touring the San Jose artisan market before heading out today! They had a great time, judging by the photos we managed to grab from them on Facebook and Flickr!

[caption id=”attachment_9621” align=”aligncenter” width=”225” caption=”Instructor Tania proves her pro skills while ziplining!”]Instructor Tania proves her pro skills while ziplining![/caption]

Underwater Explorers #3

The girls finished their Scuba NAUI certification course and are now enjoying their time left in Panama with sailing, biking and a trip to a local market. They’ll get back to base on this weekend and will finish up their course with a day of ziplining!

Build an Adventure

Daniels Academy

Daniels Academy arrived yesterday for the final segment of their multi-week Custom course. Today the boys will head to a nearby waterfall for a rappel activity to round out this very special trip to Costa Rica. This evening Daniels will have their final dinner where all they have accomplished in the past several weeks will be recognized. For dessert the boys will feast on ice cream and tres leches cake. Provecho, chicos! The group departs Saturday morning to return home. Until next year!

Interested in building your an adventure for a private group? Learn more about our Custom courses here.

Posted 1 year ago

August 3rd Links

Before a day at the office, CROB’s staff likes to get out and be active! That’s why yesterday morning, before sunrise, several members of our Communications Office decided to make the annual pilgrimage trek to the Basilica de los Angeles in nearby Cartago, Costa Rica. Some of our staff walked, while others raced to the finish. We were so excited to be able to partake in this longstanding, cultural tradition. Read more about our adventure here.

By testing sediment found on the ocean floor off the coast of Antarctica, scientists have been able to discern that this presently frosty environment was once home to a tropical rainforest. The possibility of Antarctica returning to warm and humid place is a real concern experts say. It is certainly hard to imagine the rainforest climate we have here at our San Ramon de Tres Rios base taking effect in the South Pole!

Can you guess this bird? We love that this mystery bird was photographed in Costa Rica, near our San Ramon de Tres Rios base at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Heredia.

 

Posted 1 year ago

We would walk 15k, and we would walk 15k more…

Today Costa Rica celebrates La Romería a la Virgen de los Ángeles, and all the ladies of the Communications Office as well as our lovely instructor Donna decided to join in the famous Costa Rican tradition.

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The country is honoring its patron saint, la Virgen de los Ángeles with a pilgrimage to the famed basilica in the city of Cartago. Since Monday, the streets from San Jose to Cartago have been flooded with faithful romeros, the term for the devoted Costa Rican Catholics making the peregrination. It has been reported that 1.5 million Costa Ricans from all over the country were in attendance… plus six culturally-inspired gringas from Costa Rica Outward Bound!

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Our motivated CROB ladies woke up before the crack of dawnto be able to make the 15 kilometer trek from our base in Tres Rios to the basilica all before the day’s work. Half decided to walk the pilgrimage to enjoy the journey and take in the sights while the other half were determined to run it out. Take a look at the journey and stay tuned for more footage, as the la Macha aka Bethany is making the trek tonight!

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[caption id=”attachment_9564” align=”alignright” width=”240” caption=”Donna, Ally B and Meag enjoy the sites in Cartago”]Donna, Allison B and Meag enjoy the sites once they reach Cartago[/caption]

To learn more about the origins of this Costa Rican celebration, click here (o aquí para los que quieren practicar su español!).
Posted 1 year ago

Summer Students Update: July 31st 2012

It’s officially summer here at Costa Rica Outward Bound! Tune in to our blog on Tuesdays & Fridays for updates on our students’ adventures here in Costa Rica. For course photos, check out the albums on our Facebook page and on Flickr!

Summer Courses (Open Enrollment)


Wilderness Immersion with Spanish Emphasis (WISE)

These fearless guys have spent the last three days on the Rio General. Tomorrow they’ll fly through the air on their ziplining tour before hitting the city for some shopping.

Multi-Element Expedition with Service Emphasis

After over three weeks of hiking, rafting, surfing and service, this group is headed home. Luckily, we managed to snag some great pictures from them before they took off.

[caption id=”attachment_9547” align=”aligncenter” width=”300” caption=”Adios, chicos!”]Adios, chicos![/caption]

Hike & Homestay Adventure #3

This group is off exploring Costa Rica’s beautiful rainforest. Before starting their hike they took a trip down the Pejibaye River. Check out their pictures on our Facebook page.

Surf Intensive #3

This group is having a great time catching waves on the northern Pacific coast. Our Marketing staff managed to sneak a couple pictures to give you an idea how they’re doing.

[caption id=”attachment_9546” align=”aligncenter” width=”300” caption=”Miqui of Surf Intensive shreds the gnar at Avellanas!”]Miqui of Surf Intensive shreds the gnar at Avellanas![/caption]

Girl Scout Destination Courses


Catching Waves #2

The girls are having a great time camping at Playa Avellanas in the Guanacaste Region. They’ve been keeping busy, with morning jogs and yoga that keep them active and ready to take on the waves. Today is their last full day at the beach, so we’re sure they’re surfing it up. Tomorrow they come back to base here in Tres Rios and will do a day of ziplining and a tour of a local artisan market before they head out on Friday!

[caption id=”attachment_9538” align=”aligncenter” width=”300” caption=”The girls take a well-deserved break while surfing at Playa Avellanas”]The girls take a well-deserved break while surfing at Playa Avellanas[/caption]

Underwater Explorers #3

The ladies of Underwater Explorers are in Panama gearing up for their NAUI Scuba exam tomorrow. Mucha suerte, chicas! After the test, they’ll have time to soak up all that Bocas del Toro has to offer, including a day of sailing around the islands on a catamaran.

Check out the photos of the ladies from Rainforest, River & Reef #2 and Service Challenge #2 on our Facebook page and on Flickr!