Being a member of Girlguiding could take you anywhere in the world!
International adventures are a great opportunity to see amazing sights and meet new people. Travelling overseas gives girls and adults in guiding the opportunity to experience other cultures and gain a better understanding of world issues. Where will guiding take you?
What’s Happening in Dunbartonshire?
2016 found two Senior Section girls, Emily Bell and Laura Aiken, in different groups taking part in the “Jail Break to Cologne”. They had “amazing but exhausting” trips covering nine countries and passing though two others when on the train! Laura particularly enjoyed Budapest, which she described as “beautiful”, enjoying a relaxing day there at the spas.
Lucy Harrison had a “fantastic trip” to a Jamboree in Finland, joining with other enthusiastic Scouting and Guiding members. She was especially taken by historic and lovely Helsinki. She and her new friends are busy organising a reunion.
Lauren Evans had a “brilliant trip” to Sangam and would return “in a heartbeat”, and is keen to look at Gold opportunities in the future. She was involved in a Community Project there helping with the street Crèche looking after children on a building site, allowing their parents to work knowing their children were in a safe environment.
All of them have embraced the opportunities and have huge new circles of friends that they are regularly in touch with on a daily basis – the wonders of social media!
Our three County Candidates and also our two Reserves, went forward to Scottish INTOPS at Netherurd in September, and we know that for 2017, three of them have been offered places at a Jamboree in The Netherlands, one a Jamboree in Denmark, and one a Guide led event in Lesotho! How exciting!
Guiding gives us all so many opportunities, and these help you in your future work and leisure life – one of my own Guides became an expedition doctor, and has been the medic on some of the Top Gear trips abroad. She admits that her time in Guiding, the camping and outdoor adventures that we did, encouraged her down this route. Who knows what the future holds for you…….
Our County trip for adults, to Sangam in July 2017 is getting very close, and we have had several meetings to plan different things, one being a Challenge Badge for the County.
Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) gives Girlguiding Scotland members aged between 17 and 30 the opportunity to volunteer overseas for three weeks in a country like Cambodia, Sri Lanka or Peru alongside five other guiding companions. Projects range from teaching English as a foreign language to running health awareness programmes.
Interested in joining a GOLD project? The first step is to attend an International Opportunities (INTOPS) weekend – keep a check on the opportunities for girls page for details on when the next selection will take place. Adults visit Girlguiding Scotland to find out more.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ World Centres give members the opportunity to come together from all around the globe for an unforgettable adventure.
The four main World Centres that Girlguiding Scotland members and their family and friends can visit are:
- Our Cabaña in the heart of Mexico
- Our Chalet in the snowy mountains of Switzerland
- Pax Lodge in the midst of the bustling city of London
- Sangam in the exotic east, India
Each centre offers a host of activities and events to help visitors learn more about the countries they are in, giving you the the perfect way to submerge yourself in a new culture in a home away from home.