It’s Student Volunteering Week!

Help us spread the word this Student Volunteering Week about how becoming a Girlguiding volunteer can help with studying and get you to where you want to be in life. Here, a group of student volunteers share how empowering young girls is helping shape their future careers.

First up is assistant leader with 2nd Monifieth Guides Laura who’s studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design:

I treasure my time spent empowering girls with Girlguiding. It’s allowed me to see life in a different way.

The experiences I’ve gained through volunteering and studying at the same time makes me want to focus my whole future career on helping and inspiring young girls to grow up to become whatever they want to be. The underlying theme of all the artwork I produce at university is empowerment.

Next up, 193rd B City of Edinburgh Guides volunteer and English Literature student Katie shares her volunteering story:

Being a volunteer has taught me essential planning and organisation skills which, in turn, helps me plan out my studying schedule. Volunteering has also helped me become more independent and grow in confidence which really prepared me for the student life and everything that comes with it, from revision and exams to socialising.

I’ve developed strong leadership and public speaking skills since becoming a leader and subsequently becoming a Girlguiding Scotland spokesperson. I know this will look good on my CV and prove hugely valuable in my future career. To anyone thinking of volunteering, I would say go for it! The skills you gain far outweigh the effort.

Last but not least, 180th City of Edinburgh Guides volunteer and University Of Edinburgh student Hannah says:

Volunteering once a fortnight at my local Guide unit allows me to take a guilt-free break from my studies and have a laugh with the girls.

I’m also involved in the advocacy side of Girlguiding Scotland, focusing mainly on empowering girls and young women across Scotland. This has given me so many invaluable skills and experiences I can apply to my future career that I couldn’t have got from a textbook.

Spread the word

Know a student looking for a new challenge? Help us spread the word about how great being a Girlguiding volunteer is and direct them to the page where they can register their interest.