Outward Bound Costa Rica offers far more than scuba, surfing, sea-kayaking, fishing, and hiking. Ultimately we choose our partners by the quality of their experiential education design. Kurt Hahn, the influential German philosopher and educator, created Outward Bound in 1941 in the philosophy of expeditionary learning, putting people into challenging situations where nature could be the teacher of resilience, a way to re-kindle human awe.
Outward Bound Costa Rica is renowned for offering holistic, 24/7 programming. They focus on developing the human, and not just the skill. What you learn as a person, how you overcome yourself in the face of the challenge, these are the lessons that transcend the apparent utility of the skill, and translate to all areas of our students' lives.
Our gap year students not only learn fundamental outdoor skills, but they also get a chance to deepen their understanding of systems as well. They don't just learn to fish. They learn how to fish from traditional canoes, taught by indigenous youth from the community. They begin to see how the systems all stack together to create international markets, climate change, and help us put food on the table.
Outward Bound Costa Rica has a very supportive and horizontal relationship with the indigenous communities on the islands they operate on. They model a respectful engagement with the local community, adding value in many ways.
In addition to mysterious night dives, camping, and navigation, our students learn to relate to the world in a fundamentally more respectful, curious, and awe-inspiring way.
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