Girl Scout Ambassador Andrea Kolarova of Hendersonville traveled to Costa Rica this summer as part of a Girl Scout destinations experience. Her two-week journey took her from the Costa Rican mountains of San Jose to the coast at Quepos. She traveled with nine other girls and two instructors, experiencing new things every day.
“Each day offered something different: we tried new food, met many people and explored the beautiful country by backpacking, white water rafting, zip lining and swimming,” said Andrea. “One of my favorite experiences was waterfall rappelling. We walked to a nearby waterfall where we were harnessed in and rappelled down. It was so much fun!”
Along with her different adventures, Andrea also got to experience the culture and family life of Costa Rica firsthand by staying with different host families as she traveled the countryside. “At one home stay, we got to process sugar cane by hand to produce the sugar juice that we used to make candy and brown sugar,” she said.
Another experience that stands out to her was the day they arrived at the beach after eight days of hiking through the mountains. “It was so satisfying to finally reach the end! We were allowed to spend the day swimming and boogie boarding in the wonderfully warm water. We also got to try coconut flavored sno-cones with milk- so delicious!”
Andrea chose to do a Girl Scout destinations trip because she wanted the opportunity to practice speaking Spanish in a new culture, with new adventures.
“These trips are a great way to explore new sights, meet like-minded people and try new activities. I’ve made lasting friendships, grown mentally and physically and gained a sense of independence and confidence in myself,” she said. “If you want to open yourself to a new world, as well as challenge yourself, these trips are for you!”
Andrea, daughter of Roman and Holly Kolarova, is a junior at Hendersonville High School, where she is an honor student, as well as involved with track, cross country, ski club, orchestra, FRESH and mock trial. Having already earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award, she is currently working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
For more photos from Andrea’s trip, please click here.
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