Submitted by Allie H., 2016 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship winner
While in Costa Rica, I had the opportunity to work with some of the most incredible and unique people I’ve ever met. Although I only interacted with other Girl Scouts from the United States, I also had the pleasure of becoming friends with my guides, who were all Costa Rican born and raised. All three of them are amazing people whom I learned so so much from. Not only did I learn more about Costa Rican Spanish, I also learned about myself and the world around me. The girls I met there I still talk to today and one of them is one of my best friends ever. I miss many of them more than I can say. Allow me to recount the departure of one friend, Alyssa. Her flight left around seven in the morning. Mine was closer to noon. Because there were so many girls that had to go to the airport that day, we were taken to the airport in groups. Alyssa was assigned to the first group, and I the second. I talked to a couple people and managed to wedge my way into the first group with Alyssa. This, unfortunately, meant that I had to wake up at 3:45 a.m. Although the thought of waking up that early kind of made me want to throw myself off a cliff, I still did it, because I wanted to spend more time with Alyssa. The drive up was somber, as none of us wanted to leave. Finally, when we got to the airport, Alyssa and I checked in, went through security and ended up at an Asian restaurant that served very American breakfast, oddly enough. We played some cards after finishing our breakfast, and that was the last card game we played together. We had two hours to kill so we walked around, colored a page of a coloring book, read some, bought gifts for our families, and, although neither of us mentioned it, thought a lot about what it would be like to return to our lives without each other and the other girls we had met. Finally, the time came for her flight to board, so I waited in line with her as long as I could, but all good things must come to an end. We hugged for much longer than is socially acceptable, especially with people in line behind you. We told each other how much we loved each other and that we’d be sure to plan a trip together sometime soon. I cried many, many tears. Eventually, it was time for her to go. The relationship that I formed with Alyssa is one of the most meaningful ones I’ve ever had, and I spent less than two weeks with her. Life is all about forming important relationships with incredible people. I more than accomplished that while I was in Costa Rica. If you’re considering going, go. It’s worth it.
The “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.
Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved atgirlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.