About us

Outward Bound Croatia
Non-profit organization founded in 2005 by a group of enthusiasts with a purpose of introducing Outward Bound educational system to Croatia.

Association Outward Bound Croatia is founded by a group of experienced and eminent persons from scientific, business and adventure field. We are a member of a world-renowned schools of Outward Bound International.

Our mission is to encourage people to discover and develop their potential and to create a better world for themselves and others through challenging experiences in unfamiliar settings.

It is all about the adventure, dealing with the unknown, meeting the challenges, stretching beyond the limits and developing courage, resilience, persistence, responsibility, adaptability, integrity, compassion, service to community, and the ability to work well with others – life lasting qualities.

All this in the most spectacular areas of Croatia – forests, mountains, rivers, lakes and the sea – wilderness being our classroom..



re you searching for an international volunteer experience or excitement? New connections? New adventures? New possibilities? Then perhaps becoming our EVS volunteer might be the right decision for you.

Challenge yourself by stepping outside your comfort zone and immersing yourself into a different culture. Make a difference in the lives of others and experience personal growth.

International volunteering will give you the opportunity to leave your regular routine and improve your self-esteem, self-confidence and life satisfaction. You will get a sense of empowerment and a chance to reflect on what you want from life.


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What is Outward Bound

Outward Bound transcends class and individual differences and kindles within each of us a sense of community and strong dedication to service. The wilderness environment allows one’s veneers to slip away, and each person can grow through daring to risk, to care, and to share with others. As an educational forum, Outward Bound offers true learning, involving heart, mind, and body, in a way that will last a lifetime.Kurt Hahn, Outward Bound founde

Outward Bound was founded in 1941, during the World War II by Kurt Hahn, a progressive educator who believed that education must encourage character development.

His first program responded to the needs of young sailors who couldn´t survive at sea.

Kurt Hahn saw the need of giving them enough leadership skills to face new and hard challenges.

“Outward Bound” is the nautical term describing a ship leaving the safety of its harbor to head for the open seas.

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ahn strongly believed that people should develop important skills besides academics including self-esteem, self-confidence, team work, social consciousness, etc.

Outward Bound still believes that education must encourage and instill compassion and service while developing character through physical, practical challenges.

It was derived from Kurt Hahn’s thinking behind this philosophy: “There is more in you than you think”.

Kurt Hahn

Since then Outward Bound has expanded internationally and today our schools are implementing outdoor courses in nature where participants find themselves out of their everyday routine, outside of their comfort zone, where they can discover themselves and their inner abilities.

Our participants gain awareness of positive interaction with other members of the group and the environment thus enhancing their personal and social skills.

There are more than 50 Outward Bound schools in 34 countries across the globe, each applying the practices and philosophy of Outward Bound to fit their local needs.



utward Bound courses are based on experiential learning method, meaning stepping outside the usual situations and getting into more challenging environment, both physically and mentally.

With reflection to every new experience, the participants gain awareness of themselves and the way they function in certain situations which can later help them to alter their way of thinking.

This creates more options in going through life and thus more success.

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Core elements of our courses:

Character development
Adventure and challenge
Compassion and service
Learning through experience
Social and environmental responsibility

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Objectives of an Outward Bound course can be quite different depending on the target group and can be one or more of the following:

  • getting to know ones own qualities and capabilities
  • teamwork training
  • developing initiative and leadership skills, effective communication skills, organizational skills
  • ability to act in unpredictable situations
Outward Bound objectives


Activities used on an Outward Bound course are tools used in creating new and powerful experiences.

They include:

rock climbing, abseiling, wilderness orienteering, trekking, multi-day expeditions, building shelter and sleeping outdoors, caving, diving, raft building, kayaking, low and high ropes; team initiative and problem-solving tasks and much more.

Our top most priority is safety on the field.

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Outward Bound International


ince 1941, Outward Bound schools across the globe aim to help people realize their potential through learning in the wild, in a supportive and challenging environment in which they can learn about themselves and see clearly, what they might truly be capable of achieving in life.

Outward Bound’s core values are personal responsibility, mutual trust and tolerance, cooperation, sincerity and compassion.

Outward Bound History


rganization of the Outward Bound schools is based on more than 75 years of experience throughout the world and today is setting the highest standards in outdoor education as well as experiential learning.

As the leading adventure-based education program in the world, Outward Bound developed and refined safety procedures and program reviews and each Outward Bound center seeks to have high standards of risk management, procedures designed to reduce the likelihood of accidents and incidents in every country where Outward Bound programs take place, following strict safety policy ensuring highest possible course quality and effectiveness.


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