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Black Girls Go Global Program

The Black Girls Go Global program is a 1-week S.T.E.A.M. service learning project where participants will travel to Costa Rica to volunteer at a farm/wildlife center and participate in cultural and recreational activities.

The Problem & Solution


A barrier exists for black women entering S.T.E.A.M.-related careers. The images of scientists in fiction … or in real life … are often depicted as white and male. This dominated image does not resemble black female students and it engenders a false assumption that these young girls should not aspire to become scientists because either S.T.E.A.M. careers are only designated for white men or the attainment of a S.T.E.A.M. career would go against the accepted traditional gender role. Every black girl who aspires to pursue a field in science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics should be able to do so. 


Bright Light Volunteers is answering that call through its Black Girls Go Global program. Black Girls Go Global will invest in the future of black women in S.T.E.A.M. careers and break gender biases in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics fields. Society does not draw an accurate nor comprehensive image of the desires of many black girls. Black girls should begin to envision themselves in careers that have been predominantly occupied by white males


Program Overview


What is it?
The Black Girls Go Global program is a service learning project where each girl will accrue 12 hours of volunteer work at a farm/wildlife center in Costa Rica.

How Long Is it?
The program is 1 week in length

What Will the Girls Do?
The girls will participate in a number of activities including:


Cultural Activities

  • Panel discussion by Black expat women living in Costa Rica

  • Salsa dancing

  • Tico cooking lessons

  • visiting a coffee farm

Recreational Activities

  • Ziplining

  • Paddle boarding

  • Snorkeling.

Other Activities

  • Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Painting classes

Program Benefit & Opportunity


What is the benefit?

  • Participants earn a Certificate for Global Citizenship

  • Obtain knowledge and understanding of soil conservation, animal wild life in Costa Rica and how they are being protected

  • Learn best practices by the Costa Rican government to protect its flora and fauna

  • Learn of the local, national and/or global issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations

  • Develop awareness of one’s own personal reactions to those from different cultures (personal biases, beliefs, attitudes)

  • Act effectively and responsibly at local, national and global levels for a more peaceful, just and equitable world

Program Cost
What's Included


How much is it?

Cost Per Participant is $3,000. This covers airfare, lodging, meals, recreational activities, and other necessities.


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     Roundtrip Airfare to
           Costa Rica


On-site, Bilingual Community Host Leader

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Cultural and Recreational Activities

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24/7 State-side Support


Costs of Passports Applications

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Service Learning Project Funding


All Airport Transfers and On-site Transportation

Papaya Seeds

Three (3) Meals a Day

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 International Medical and Emergency Evacuation Insurance Provided

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Facial Masks, Hand Sanitizer, Etc.

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On-site, Trained BLV Representative


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All Culturally Immersive Activities

Covid 19

COVID Test to Return to U.S.


Farm Tools

Sample Itinerary


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