Thursday, August 15, 2019

My Girl Scout Destination to Costa Rica + Panama

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By: Lime Green Giraffe Service Director, Zora F. 


My Girl Scout Destinations trip through Outward Bound was amazeballs. I enjoyed every moment of it. This trip really took me out of my comfort zone and exposed me to a lot of new things. I meet lots of people from different backgroundsThis trip for me was once in a lifetime. I’ll admit there were times when I doubted the environment but because of my instructor, Grace G., I learned to “embrace it!” The different places we stayed at while I was on my course were truly breathtaking.  
The scenery was so nice. I enjoyed going to the San San Pon Sak in Panama to release baby Leatherback sea turtle. I really enjoyed going to Talamanca and playing soccer with the kids and painting. 
I liked being exposed to the Costa Rican and Panamanian culture and food. Going on this trip I got to experience a lot of first time moments like zip lining, rafting, releasing sea turtles, I can say I swam in a lagoon, I have watched manatees from afar, and so much more! The Service Challenge was so much more than a Girl Scout Destination.  
I saw so many different types of wildlife during my Girl Scout Destination. It was incredible! There was a big array of butterflies all over Costa Rica, especially in Talamanca.  In both Costa Rica and Panama I saw stray dogs, and seeing them made me really sad. 
There were a lot of different types of insects that were really fascinating because before my trip I read a little about the insect population, I was excited to see them. Two of the insects that I thought were really cool and I wanted to see was a Bullet Ant and Tarantula hawk wasp. I actually saw two Tarantula hawk wasp, but I made sure to keep my distance.  

In Panama, I saw Leatherback sea turtles, three-toed sloth, manatees, pelicans, geckos, toads and even more insects than what I mentioned in the paragraph above 
This trip really helped me to appreciate wildlife because I got to see them in their natural habitats. I think it was really cool to see them in their natural habitats because it makes me more aware of myself and how the habitats are disappearing for different species of animals because of human impact. What got me excited and inspired was working with the sea turtles and seeing how much effort is put into the conservation to help them thrive 
Upon my return I am inspired to help educate people on the impact they have and how they can change and help save various species. I will also start back to volunteering at my local zoo.  

The bonds I made with my instructors and the girls on the course were very raw. I didn't feel forced at any point. We had a lot of laughs. I enjoyed singing songs with them. We even planned to come back and do another course together almost like a little reunion! Outward Bound Costa Rica is a great place to take a risk like getting out of your comfort zone, meeting new friends, and make life long memories. 
 I can say I learned a lot of new things about myself from what I experienced, and I do recommend it to anybody who is looking for a thrill, any first-time travelers like myself or anybody just looking for a good time to make memories! This Girl Scout Destination is one to remember because I did so many different things like leaving the country for the first time and taking a bucket shower. also learned how to make sidewalks, I learned different leader roles and even picked up a few words in BriBri the native language the kids spoke.  
Girl Scout Destinations is a way to get out of your comfort zone and explore the world around you. I have experienced so much in such little time. I am happy to say I have experienced a Girl Scout Destination! 

To learn more about how you can apply for a Girl Scout Destination click here. 

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