Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos completed the NAUI Open Water Certification training while volunteering for conservation work this summer in Panama. Courtesy photo
Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos spent 14 days volunteering in Panama in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles. Courtesy photo
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos spent 14 days volunteering in Panama in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles and exploring new depths while learning to scuba dive coral reefs.
During the last week of June and first week of July, the 16-year-old Girl Scout from the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Council completed Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure Destination.
“It was eye-opening,” Necker said. “I am greatly influenced by the people and places we saw.”
In the wetlands of San San Pond Sak on the Caribbean coast of Panama, Necker and her fellow Girl Scouts participated in a multi-day service project focused on protecting the endangered leatherback sea turtle population. She and her group then traveled to the remote island of Solarte in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, where they learned about the local ecology and marine life and scuba dived. Necker and her coursemates are all now scuba certified after completing and passing the NAUI Open Water Certification training.
After returning to Outward Bound’s rainforest base in Costa Rica, the group tackled Class II and III rapids on the Pejibaye River, ziplined through the canopies, and visited the vibrant artisan market of San Jose to finish up their adventure.
“Outward Bound Costa Rica’s programs, like the one Necker participated in, create environments that allow for personal and leadership development through challenges, group effort and cross-cultural understanding,” said Executive Director Jim Rowe of Outward Bound Costa Rica.
Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has been partnered with Girl Scouts of the USA to offer unique and exciting Girl Scouts Destinations trips in Costa Rica and Panama. These trips provide young girls the opportunity to see the world, meet fellow Girl Scouts from across the nation and challenge themselves through adventure in unfamiliar settings.
About Outward Bound Costa Rica
Founded in 1991, Outward Bound Costa Rica inspires leadership, compassion, and responsibility through adventure-based wilderness experiences. Activities include backpacking, rafting, kayaking, surfing, rappelling, and scuba diving as well as cultural experiences such as homestays with local families. For more information, visit www.outwardboundcostarica.org.
Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos with Girl Scouts from across the U.S. spent 14 days volunteering in Panama in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles. Courtesy photo
Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos with Girl Scouts from across the U.S. volunteering in Panama participate in confidence building exercises. Courtesy photo
Jennifer Necker of Los Alamos with Girl Scouts from across the U.S. cool off in the water while volunteering in Panama. Courtesy photo