Costa Rica Service Challenge
Helping the World
One Community at a Time
The Costa Rica Service Challenge provides an exciting opportunity for Girl Scouts to experience a new country and culture through service projects as well as adventure activities.
If you’re looking for the ultimate challenge while making a difference, this is the course for you! During your 14 days in tropical Costa Rica you will work to improve the lives of local people and to protect the unique and fragile ecosystem of this beautiful country.
You will participate in two sets of service projects. One project will take place in the indigenous region of Talamanca. While staying in a remote village, you will work with your group to support the local community. Projects may include food distribution, garden building, painting, teaching English, building aqueducts and recycling projects. Learn about native customs, culture, language and food while making an active contribution to the community.
The other service project will allow you to learn about and protect Costa Rica’s beautiful and interesting ecosystems while working on a sea turtle conservation project on the Pacific coast. Learn about this endangered species while you help with conservation efforts through activities such as nightly patrols, cataloging nests, habitat creation, and (hopefully!) releasing newly hatched baby turtles into the wild. You will learn about Costa Rica’s exotic wildlife and ecosystems and may participate in additional service projects such as beach clean-ups and/or trail preservations.
When you are not engaged in service projects, other activities may include braving rapids on a whitewater rafting adventure, ziplining on a canopy tour, surfing, visiting a local volcano, and soaking in the vibrant culture of Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose with a visit to an artisan market.
Girl Scouts will be exposed to Costa Rica Outward Bound’s unique approach to outdoor education and personal development. Woven into all activities are discussions and meetings about leadership. Explore how the challenges you meet in and out of the Costa Rican wilderness help you confront challenges that life presents.
San Jose, Costa Rica
$200 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance (to be used toward the total tuition cost of the course)
You will be responsible for providing your own round-trip airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO airport), as well as bringing your own spending money.
Please be sure to specify which session(s) you are applying for when filling out your application.