How you can make a lasting impact

Volunteering was my chance to give back to Girlguiding

This World Thinking Day we caught up with Laura, a volunteer from Forth Valley who took part in an international project where she got to spend time with the Girl Guides of Aruba. Find out how her team of six made a lasting impact and how you can make an impact too.

I was so excited when I was selected to join GOLD Team Aruba 2017! It was amazing working with the Girl Guides of Aruba.

The aim of the project was to develop confidence and leaderships skills and help grow the organisation so we got stuck in right away. During our three week stay we delivered training sessions and activities for girls, young women and leaders as well as sharing top recruitment tips like how to run your own volunteer campaign. We also covered how to talk to the media about guiding.

My main highlight was planning a camp programme based on the girls’ suggestions and played teamwork building games by the beach. We even gave an interactive presentation to new students at the University of Aruba explaining how volunteering can help them with their studies.

I feel that volunteering in Aruba was my chance to give back to Girlguiding but here are just some of the ways you can make an impact on the world without leaving your home.

1. Change the world

Girlguiding Scotland has teamed up with Scotdec to bring you the Sustainable Development Goals Challenge, an exciting new badge for all sections! It has been designed to encourage young people to be the generation that changes the world by learning about the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals which aim to end poverty and fight inequality and injustice.

2. It’s almost World Thinking Day

Celebrate World Thinking Day and the impact the World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts movement has on the lives of members and their communities by downloading the WAGGGS Impact Activity Pack. You’ll take part in challenging activities which will help you understand the power you have to make positive changes in your local area and the world.

3. Take to the sea

Have you heard about the Ocean Challenge Badge? It’s full of exciting activitIes for all sections including crafts, games, indoor and outdoor challenges and is a great way to teach your unit how to look after the ocean.

Going for GOLD

Find out more about getting involved with Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) opportunities and volunteering abroad here. It’s open to members aged 17-30.