The Global Action Volunteer Team (GAVT) is a group of volunteers who LOVE all things global and travel. They’ve traveled extensively locally, nationally and internationally with Girl Scouts and on their own. The team is here to serve the members of GSGCNWI to make global, cultural and travel experiences fun and accessible to our entire Girl Scout community. These adults are here to help you every step of the way, ensuring you are ready for your next adventure.
We interviewed each of the volunteers and asked them for their tips and tricks when it comes to local, national and international travel. Here are some of our favorite local destinations and where we’re headed next!
1. What’s your favorite local destination (no flights involved)? ?
Fawna: I like going to Milwaukee and exploring the lakefront there. The Garfield Park Conservatory and all of the beautiful parks in Chicago are also great places to visit.
Maureen: I love the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I enjoy wandering around the various gardens and photographing the flowers in bloom. I especially love the English Walled Garden and the Japanese Garden.
Clarissa: I love to visit Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in DuPage County. I can hike for hours off-trail, climb up muddy walls, trek through water, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Sometimes I run, walk my dog, take my family, or take my Girl Scout troop.
Camille: I grew up in Northern Indiana so my favorite place(s) to go are the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Warren Dunes in Michigan. I like to hike up and down the woodland trails and along the beach. In the winter you can sled down the dunes in Michigan, the fall has the colored leaves and the summer the beach.
Karen: My favorite local destinations are Traverse City, MI, Milwaukee WI, and Saugatuck, MI.
2. Where are you going next?
Shari: Our next three trips are Portland, OR, NYC and Montreal, QC. We haven’t planned much yet. We’ll spend time on the coast in Oregon, horseback ride in the mountains and sight see with friends who live there. In NYC, we’ll see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, tour some attractions, hang out with some friends and then drive to Niagara Falls. We’re not certain about Montreal yet.
Alex: Germany! Road tripping around the country.
Madison: This summer, I’ll head to Paris, London, Madrid, and Lisbon for work! I’ll be kicking off our international internship programs and consulting programs in all four cities!
Kimberly: My next vacation will be to Arizona/Utah – to see Antelope Canyon, Bryce and of course the Grand Canyon! Plan to spend some time hiking, relaxing by the hotel and maybe take a helicopter ride if I get gutsy.
Rosy: Southeast Asia – I plan to visit Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore for my birthday!
Clarissa: My family are going to Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize, to enjoy the local culture, scuba dive in the Blue Hole in Belize, ride on speed boats between countries, and swim in the ocean and cenotes (a natural sinkhole).
Maureen: Summer of 2019 will be busy for me. I’ll be traveling to India and Scotland. In India, I’ll be co-leading a Destination to the WAGGGS World Center, Sangam, and we’ll be heading to the Taj Mahal at the end of the trip. In Scotland, I will travel through the Highlands, see friends, and celebrate with family.
Camille: For Spring Break our family is planning a trip to the San Francisco Bay area to see the sights and visit relatives. We are planning on going to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Monterey Bay Aquarium, ride a trolley car and hopefully hit a baseball game.
Fawna: I’m going to Ireland! I am going see the Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle and the cities of Dublin, Belfast, and Galway.
Karen: I’m going to Savannah, GA. I’m going to do the polar plunge on New Year’s Day on Tybee Island (and other fun stuff).
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