My Denver Baecation

My last blog post was only a two weeks ago but I feel like SO MUCH has happened since then.

In a nutshell, July has been a whirlwind of spectacular events with wonderful people.

On July 14, Camp GLOW wrapped up it’s second week of production with our second group of high school girls.

**sniff sniff** I’m so sad it’s over since it was such a fun project to work on and I’m so happy with how it went.

Both camps were unique and special in their own way, thanks to two great groups of girls and the fellow volunteers who came to help out (thank you thank you thank youuuuuu).

During the second camp, Camp GLOW took over Peace Corps Costa Rica’s facebook page for the entire week, giving a day-to-day insight of our camp.

If you missed it, you can check out what we did during Camp GLOW Week Two here.

After the camp ended, I made a vigorous 8-hour dash up to San José to catch a flight to Denver for a much anticipated trip to visit my boyfriend Alex. Continue reading

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Camp GLOW: Week Two

During Week Two of Camp GLOW, we took over the Peace Corps Costa Rica Facebook page and posted daily updates about the camp. Below, I am sharing the posts that we did just to give some insight of our daily sessions during the camp.


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We’re Princess and Tily, Community Economic Development volunteers serving in southern Costa Rica. This week, we’re takin’ over the Peace Corps Costa Rica Facebook page to bring you daily deets of our week-long girls empowerment and leadership camp, Camp GLOW, which starts tomorrow!


Day 1

Day 1 of Camp GLOW was a success! It was a jam-packed day full of tons of great activities.

In the morning, the group spent time making their bolsas de cumplidos (compliment bags), an activity that we’ll do throughout the week to create a positive environment and encourage our group to give and receive complements to each other.

Then, we spent almost an entire hour trying to untangle ourselves from our human knot! Afterwards, the girls were relieved to do some Zumba, led by PCV (and future Zumba instructor) Jasmine.

We finished the day with a session on Gender Equality & Empowerment led by PCV Princess that encouraged the girls to think about gender as relates to their community in Costa Rica.

Tomorrow, we’ll be focusing on relationships, reproductive health and health & wellness!

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Camp GLOW: Week One

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10 months ago, I sat on a bus with my friend and Tico 31 comrade Princess as we made our way to our San Jose for our first IST (in-service training) just three months after arriving in our sites.

Princess and I are site neighbors, and I use the word “neighbors” loosely because we live almost two hours away from each other.

Princess lives in Sabalito, a city of about 1,000 people while I live higher up in the mountains in a rural community of 150 people.

Sitting on the bus, Princess told me about the challenges her community was facing, especially the young girls in the local high school where she worked. She told me the dropout rate for girls was 4.85% due to risk factors such as prostitution and teen pregnancy, and because she lives so close to the Panamanian border, drugs and poverty also play a big role in the high dropout rate.

We both eagerly made hypothetical plans together to do a girls empowerment camp at the high school sometime during our service. I mean, 10 months ago, we had plenty of time to make some magic happen.

Fast forward 10 months later to today and here we are, executing two 6-day GLOW camps after having successfully secured a $2,500 Let Girls Learn grant. Continue reading