Young Falkirk woman has trip of a lifetime to The Gambia with Girlguiding

A Girlguiding Scotland member from Falkirk has returned from the trip of a lifetime to The Gambia where she led a team of young women taking action for the local community.
Emma Guthrie, 23, joined five Girlguiding members to participate in the Guiding Overseas Linked with Development scheme – otherwise known as GOLD.

Emma spent three weeks in The Gambia helping Girlguiding Gambia by delivering leadership, team work and advocacy trainings to around 400 girls and young women.

Founded in 1991, GOLD offers young women between the ages of 18 and 30 the chance to develop their potential, improve their skills and make a long-lasting positive difference in communities as far afield as Honduras, Madagascar, Russia, South Africa and Thailand.

Emma, who is a Leader with the 1st Braes Senior Section Unit and a trainee solicitor, said: “GOLD was an incredible experience and has shown me what I am capable of.

“The Gambia project was a challenging project and leading it was an even bigger challenge. Taking it on has helped increase my confidence.

“Being a member of Girlguiding Scotland and taking part in the GOLD project have given me the opportunity to meet people and go places I would have never otherwise done.

“Guiding has had a massive impact on my life – the skills and qualifications I have gained, particularly through my leadership qualification and Queen’s Guide Award, has helped me both get jobs and get into university.”