International adventures are a great opportunity both at home and abroad to see amazing sights and meet new people. Travelling overseas gives girls and adults in guiding the opportunity to experience other cultures, gain a better understanding of world issues and forge lifelong friendships while meeting girls and young women from around the world. Where will guiding take you?
Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) gives Girlguiding Scotland members aged 17-30 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.
Through community action, Girlguiding makes a difference to the lives of young people and the communities in which they live. Our international community action projects provide a valuable opportunity to raise members’ awareness of the communities in which they live, to identify issues they would like to improve, and to work with other WAGGGS member organisations on international community action activities.
ICE is an exciting three-stage project open to Girlguiding members aged 11-13. It brings Guides together from all over Scotland to have fun while doing something for others. The project is designed to give girls the opportunity to think about their community, increase their global awareness, take part in community action work, and have an introduction to international adventures.
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 five main World Centres that Girlguiding Scotland members and their family and friends can visit are:
Each centre offers activities and events to help visitors learn more about the countries they are in, helping you immerse yourself in a new culture at your new home away from home.
Our international partnerships focus on cultural exchange and community action, and support girls and young women to develop skills and awareness in both countries, over five years. Our current partnership is with Lesotho Girl Guides Association (LGGA).
During the partnership, which will end in 2022, members of Girlguiding Scotland have travelled to Lesotho to share Scottish culture, facilitate workshops on period poverty, sustainable development goals, and leadership skills, and to learn about life in Lesotho. Read about one Ranger’s experience in Lesotho here, and a visit from LGGA to Scotland in 2019 here!