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Celebrate World Thinking Day with GSCO

Take the lead on February 22, 2019 to celebrate World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!)

Promoted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS for short) along with Girl Scouts across the USA, World Thinking Day originated in 1926. That’s when delegates from around the globe met at Camp Edith Macy—now called Edith Macy Conference Center—in New York State and agreed that February 22 would henceforth be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide.

Every year since, World Thinking Day has called for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better. This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Leadership; check out our activity guides to explore many different ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides!

The GSCO Global Action Committee also wants to hear from you (VSS, Service Unit Managers, troop leaders, etc.) about the exciting plans you’ve been working on for World Thinking Day. If you are planning a World Thinking Day celebration, please fill out the form linked HERE so the Global Action Committee can compile data and help you make your celebration the best it can be!

More updates from the GSCO Global Action Committee!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with GSCO

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to celebrate International Women’s Day and we are asking YOU to help. For our part, GSCO wants to invite you to participate in a video project. On March 8, we are celebrating International Women’s Day with #PressforProgress and aiming to enhance gender equality. Full instructions on how to participate are on the blog!

New Global Girl Scout flyer available

The Global Action Committee is thrilled to launch an updated flyer about all the global opportunities available to Girl Scouts. Available online through the Global section of anytime activities.

Help GSCO celebrate International Women’s Day

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to celebrate International Women’s Day and we are asking YOU to help.

International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019 is one of the nine Global Action Days that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the globe celebrate each year. The Global Action Days Toolkit provides wonderful tools and resources for how to celebrate each of these exciting days: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/globalactiondaystoolkit_final_aug2018.pdf

The goal of International Women’s Day is to bring to focus the inequality of women throughout the world and how it impacts the progress of girls.

For our part, GSCO wants to invite you to participate in a video project. On March 8, we are celebrating International Women’s Day with #PressforProgress and aiming to enhance gender equality.

Want to be part of the movement? You can!

We are asking you to submit a 15 second video of answering one question: What does equality mean to you?

Get your troop together and ask a parent or your leader for help. We need YOU to help make a difference. The videos will be edited into one compilation video that will launch on GSCO’s social media channels on International Women’s Day.

Tips and Tricks:

  • The video is no longer than 15 seconds
  • If recording on a phone, make sure it is horizontal (the long side of your phone is parallel with the ground)
  • Think of creative ways to make your video (one creative way- https://youtu.be/i7aQNYUBpak )

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Please send your videos and any questions to: cornell.kayleigh@gmail.com

Kayleigh is a 2017 Gold Award Girl Scout, a sophomore at CU Boulder, and is an intern for the Global Action Committee. She is creating events for the Global Action Days and showcasing members of the Global Action Committee.

Planning a World Thinking Day event? GSCO wants to hear from you!

In preparation for 2019 World Thinking Day, the GSCO Global Action Committee wants to hear from you about the exciting plans you’ve been working on for this time-honored event. If you are planning a World Thinking Day celebration, please fill out the form linked below so the Global Action Committee can compile data and help you make your celebration the best it can be!

If you haven’t already, check out the blog about this year’s theme for World Thinking Day – Leadership! Even if your plans are already well on their way to completion, we encourage all service units and leaders to utilize the Activity Guide and Global Action Toolkit in planning their World Thinking Day events, all links are below.

World Thinking Day Event Notification:

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/2019_global_action_committee_world_thinking_day_event_notification

2019 World Thinking Day Theme and Toolkits:

http://gscoblog.org/2018/11/2019-world-thinking-day-theme-and-toolkits/

Activity Guide for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors:

https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/GSUSA_World-Thinking-Day_18_Activities%20DBJ-B.pdf

Activity Guide for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors:

https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/GSUSA_World-Thinking-Day_18_Activities%20CSA-B.pdf

Check out the Global Action Toolkit for more information on celebrating global action days throughout the year:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/globalactiondaystoolkit_final_aug2018.pdf

Questions? Email gscoglobal@gmail.com

Global leadership opportunity: 2019 Juliette Low Seminar

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is seeking 26 participants ages 18–30 to attend the 2019 Juliette Low Seminar, an international leadership development program led by WAGGGS and focused on breaking gender barriers to leadership to drive change. The seminar will take place November 14–20, 2019, simultaneously in 20 “hub” locations around the world, including the in United States.

Applicants must be 18-30 years old and members of the Global Leadership Opportunities (GLO) Pool (or submit their application for the GLO Pool at the same time).

Applications are linked below and due by December 28, 2018. FAQs are also linked for more information.

Questions? Email Anne Canter at GSUSA at globalgirlscouting@girlscouts.org

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Meet the Global Action Committee: Alisha Davis

The Global Action Committee works to incorporate the Global Girl Scouts ideals. Global Girl Scouts is a way to interact with girls and communities around the world through participation in cross-cultural learning opportunities. Whether traveling internationally or working on project in their local community with a worldwide impact, Girl Scouts are learning leadership skills while making the world a better place.

How long have you been associated with Girl Scouts? The Global Action Committee?

I have been a Girl Scout for 19 years.

How long have you been with the Global Action Committee? What is your role on the Global Action Committee?

I am a new member to the Global Action Committee and am just a regular member.

Why did you join the Global Action Committee?

I joined because I am passionate about travel and how it expands knowledge and teaches so much about ourselves and others. I also think it’s important to spread the word about how Girl Scouts can help achieve travel goals as well as have global impacts in making the world a better place.

What World Centers have you visited or participated in a session with?

I actually just returned from Sangam this summer and it was my first world center.

What is your fondest memory or experience at this center?

My fondest memory was going to a women’s shelter and singing “Make New Friends” to the ladies and children there.

What is one piece of advice you would give to girls wanting to learn about or become involved with Global Girl Scouting?

My advice is to not be scared of visiting new places and trying all the activities that come with that, it will only grow you as person.

Do you like these answers and think you’d say a similar thing? Want to be involved with the Global Action Committee? Email us at gscoglobal@gmail.com. 

How to use the Global Action Days Toolkit

Every Girl Scout is part of a special group of girls that stretches not just across the United States, but around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which includes 10 million girls in 150 countries. All those girls, in all those countries, are working to make the world a better place.

Throughout the year, girls have the opportunity to work together and participate in Girl Scout programming that relates to different global issues affecting women and girls. This toolkit describes nine international days and is designed to help volunteers engage with Girl Scouts on these global days of action.

The program for each global action day in the toolkit includes:

  •  A description of the day
  • Why Girl Scouts celebrate the day
  • Any program or content notes related to sensitive issues
  • Activities by program grade level (Daisy/Brownie/Junior and Cadette/Senior/Ambassador) and/or activities suitable for all ages
  • Journey and badge connections
  • Suggestions for community service or partnerships
  • Additional resources and references

As girls learn about and explore the issues surrounding a particular day, they may be inspired to engage in community service or even complete a Take Action project. Depending on the program grade
level of the Girl Scouts, these could be used as an option for a Journey Take Action project or lead to a highest award project.
Journey and badge connections are listed for each day of action.

Suggestions for community service are listed in each global action day section, and additional information on different community
service and Take Action projects on page 8. Some activities in this toolkit are applicable to multiple days. It is okay to use the resources
and activities for one day in developing a program for another, similar day.

In addition to this program toolkit, councils will be provided with partnership and social media  resources related to each day on a quarterly basis.

Many of the activities in this toolkit address issues that girls in Girl Scouts face. Be sensitive  to the challenges and experiences of the girls in your troop or group as you explore these topics.

TIPS AND TRICKS

Make sure you have a reasonable understanding of the issue or topic addressed by a global action day before sharing it with girls. We have you covered—you’ll find additional resources and background materials listed in the resources section for each global action day. You don’t have to know everything, but you should have a basic understanding of the topics you’ll be covering and the confidence to look up specific information if girls ask a question to which you don’t know the answer. This shows girls that it’s okay not to be “perfect” and encourages them to learn along with you.

You may also want to ask an expert to share their knowledge and experiences with your troop. Depending on the global action day you are celebrating, this may mean reaching out to a local company or nonprofit organization, university, or government office. For example, on World Environment Day, you might invite an environmental scientist to your meeting to discuss the environment in your community and the way global issues, such as climate change, habitat loss, or natural disasters, have impacted the environment where you live. You may even tap experts within your own personal or professional networks who would love to share their expertise with your troop.

This toolkit includes nine global action days. Don’t try to cover them all, at least not right away. Talk with girls about the days that are most interesting to them, and start with those activities. Some of the days fall quite close together, so you may also want to rotate days through different years. For example, this year you might explore information and communication technology (ICT) topics to participate in Girls in ICT Day, which takes place on the fourth Thursday in April, and next year, you might celebrate Global Action Week for Education, which falls on the third or fourth week in April. Infuse a global perspective in all your activities, not just on these days. Everything we do in Girl Scouts, we do as part of a global sisterhood, 10 million girls strong. When you go hiking or camping, talk with your girls about ways we can all enjoy and protect our planet. When you are volunteering at your local food bank, remember that hunger is a problem everywhere in the world and that by addressing it in your local community, you are helping to solve a global problem. Even when you are just playing, take a moment to remember that all girls enjoy having fun and all girls deserve the opportunity to play. These simple connections remind Girl Scouts that they are part of a community much bigger than themselves.

BUILDING SAFE SPACE

Many of the topics addressed by the days of action in this toolkit can be sensitive and challenging for girls to learn about. At the same time, these issues can deeply motivate girls to take action and create positive change. So it’s critical that girls are able to explore these issues in a safe and supportive environment. Some suggestions for building this safe space within your troop or group meeting are:

  • Let girls and parents know ahead of time what’s on the table for discussion during the meeting. You don’t have to go into the full meeting plan, but it’s a good idea to give them a head’s up so that they can plan and prepare together and you can obtain the necessary permissions, especially if you’ll be addressing sensitive issues. A sample copy of a sensitive issues permission form is found in the appendix of this toolkit.
  • Begin with an icebreaker or trust game, even if group members have known each other for a while. It helps to reinforce a sense of group cohesion.
  • Set a group contract with the girls. This is a good idea to do with any group, regardless of what you’re doing, because it empowers them to discuss and agree on how to treat each other and to establish group norms. Let girls come up with their own rules and discuss them until there is consensus. Some questions you may want to ask girls are:
    • What would make this a safe and respectful place for us to be?
    • What would be good ways to treat each other?
    • What group rules do you have in other places, like at school or in sports? Which ones apply here?
    • How will we make sure we all follow this agreement?
    • Girl Scouts is a girl-led and challenge-by-choice environment.

Make sure girls can opt out if they are uncomfortable or if they need a moment to process. Let them know some good ways to do that, such as going to the bathroom or getting a drink of water. Come up with a signal that girls can use to let you know if they’d like
to talk to you privately about what they’re feeling.

THE ENTIRE GLOBAL ACTION DAYS TOOLKIT CAN BE ACCESSED VIA THE GLOBAL GIRL SCOUT SECTION OF ANYTIME ACTIVITIES: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events/anytime-activities.html

Introducing the Global Action Toolkit

Every Girl Scout is part of a special group of girls that stretches not just across the United States, but around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which includes 10 million girls in 150 countries. All those girls, in all those countries, are working to make the world a better place.

Throughout the year, girls have the opportunity to work together and participate in Girl Scout programming that relates
to different global issues affecting women and girls. This toolkit describes nine international days and is designed to help volunteers engage with Girl Scouts on these global days of action.

What Is Global Girl Scouting?

Global means relating to the whole world. A global organization is worldwide and international, and from our very beginning, the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movement has been international in nature.

In 1909, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts in the United Kingdom, held the first Boy Scout rally at a park in London called the Crystal Palace. As they gathered, a group of girls marched onto the Crystal Palace and demanded to be able to participate. Seeing the passion and commitment of these girls, Baden-Powell turned to his sister Agnes Baden-Powell to begin the Girl Guide/Girl Scout Movement. Soon after, groups started in the United
Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, and South Africa.

A few years later, in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low met Baden-Powell and discovered her life’s purpose in Girl Scouting. She founded three troops of Girl Guides in London and Scotland before returning to the United States to found Girl Scouts of the USA, and start the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912.

From that first meeting of 18 girls, Girl Scouts pushed boundaries—welcoming girls across class, cultural, and ethnic lines to ensure all girls, including those with disabilities, had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills. They played basketball. They hiked, swam, and camped. They learned to read the world around them for instance, earning badges by studying a foreign language or learning to tell time by the stars.

Girl Scouting continued to expand its reach to more and more girls, with the first Girl Scout troops launching outside the United States in China, Syria, and Mexico. Lone Troops on Foreign Soil (now called USA Girl Scouts Overseas) registered its first Girl Scout troop in Shanghai, China, with 18 girls in 1925.6 Today, Girl Scouts of the USA includes 2 million Girl Scouts in 92 countries around the world.
Juliette Gordon Low said it best when she declared, “Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding can be the magic thread which
links the youth of the world together.” For over 100 years, the Girl Scout and Girl Guide Movement has brought girls
together in a global sisterhood to make the world a better place.
There are many ways for girls to engage with this global sisterhood throughout their Girl Scout experience. Whether it
is exploring global issues through a Girl Scout Journey, earning their Global Action award, or traveling with a Girl Scout
Destination, girls can engage with global issues at every program grade level.

This toolkit—for learning about or taking part in nine global action days—is a resource for councils and volunteers to help girls connect to our global Movement and to the issues that affect girls around the world.

Stay tuned for more blog posts about the Global Action Toolkit! Information such as how to use the toolkit and how to celebration each Global Action Day is coming next.

You can access the entire Global Action Days Toolkit under the Global Girl Scout section of Anytime Activities: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events/anytime-activities.html

Questions? Email gscoglobal@gmail.com

Earn the 2018 World Thinking Day patch

Girl Scouts can earn the 2018 GSUSA World Thinking Day patch this year through World Thinking Day activities. GSUSA offers two tracks for the patch program – one for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors and one for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. This is an official GSUSA patch that can be worn on the front of a Girl Scout uniform. As troops and service units plan their activities for World Thinking Day, consider trying one or more activities to help girls earn the World Thinking Day patch.

World Thinking Day is celebrated on February 22 each year by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 150 countries. It’s a way to celebrate the global sisterhood of Girl Scouts as girls across the world work on the same activities.

This year’s theme is “Impact.” Girl Scouts will think about what it means to make a personal impact, bringing changes to an individual’s development as well as a wider impact, bringing changes to a wider group of people. If your troop would like to expand its knowledge about the international sisterhood of Girl Scouts, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has an activity guide based on the 2018 theme “Impact,” which can be found at www.worldthinkingday.org.

You can get the World Thinking Day patch through the GSCO shop. You can purchase it in our store or call 1-855-472-7026. To learn more about GSUSA’s World Thinking Day patch program, go to https://goo.gl/zpHc7y.

Eloise Golden honored by international Girl Scouting organization and HRH Princess Benedikte

 

 

Submitted by Rae Ann Dougherty, GSCO Board Chairperson

Metro Denver

Golden

Girl Scouts are found in all corners of the globe.  It is special to be a part of a Movement since it supports every girl and any girl.

What is the largest number of Girl Scouts you have had the privilege of being with at one time?  Your troop? Your Service Unit? A Camp?  Imagine being with 10,000 “sister” Girl Scouts at the National Convention!  It is powerful and inspirational.  As a member of Girl Scouts of the USA we are amongst 3 million American Girl Scouts.  Furthermore we are amongst 10 million, and counting, Girl Guide and Girl Scout “sisters” from 150 countries around the world.  As we work together #ForHerWorld, we witness budding leaders being developed as they make the world a better place.  It is phenomenal and potent!

These were the aspirations and dreams of one of our sister Girl Scout Leaders from Grand Lake in Grand County, Colorado, Eloise Montoya Golden, before she suddenly passed away in May 2015.  Eloise become a devoted emissary of the importance of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), as well as the value of that instant international fellowship that comes with being a Girl Scout.  While I worked closely with her, she often expressed a yearning to become a Member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society (OB-PS), but never had a chance to formalize her plans.  One of her dreams was finally fulfilled when she was posthumously presented the international Girl Scouting recognition of an OB-PS Membership in Memoriam by Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Patron of OB-PS, at an international Girl Scouting meeting in London, England.

Eloise began Girl Scouting early in life as a member of USA Girl Scouts Overseas. Later she became a mother and was thrilled to watch her daughter, Tanya, and friends develop and mature through the Girl Scout program just as she did herself. (Tanya is a Gold Award Girl Scout.)  Eloise had a lust for life and loved reaching out, encouraging people everywhere to feel the same way.  In addition to her magical singing voice, she will be remembered for her happiness, inclusiveness, and loving spirit.  Once the Global Girl Scouting bug bit she made a lasting impression on thousands of girls and young women from over 50 countries, staying in contact with many of them until her passing. I estimate that she personally touched or connected with over 15,000 of our Girl Scout and Girl Guide sisters from all five WAGGGS regions during her 50 years as a member of our Movement.

Internationally Eloise served on the Friends of Our Cabaña Committee, volunteered at the Young Women’s World Forum (YWWF) 2011; she was Girl Scouts of Central California South (GSCCS) Chaperone to the Girls’ World Forum (GWF) 2012; she chaired the GSCCS World Thinking Day events, and served as USA representative to the inaugural Arts exChange program at Sangam in 2014. The capstone was when she was able to co-host Gillian Clay, the granddaughter of Lord and Lady Olave Baden-Powell (First World Chief Guide of WAGGGS) at the 2014 Girl Scout National Convention.  Eloise felt the work to advance the Movement is an honor and joy as it is so rewarding.  All proved to be special times for her!

As one of the most fervent ambassadors for Girl Scouts, Eloise would passionately and spontaneously speak about how important Girl Scouting is and how much it has changed and improved the lives of so many young women.  Along the way she witnessed the magic and significance of Global Girl Scouting.  The importance and value of an international sisterhood caught her like an uncontrolled wildfire.  She wanted everyone to understand the importance of it all.

Are you interested in discovering our international sisterhood through Girl Scout travel?  Opportunities abound whether it is to travel to one of the five World Centers maintained by WAGGGS or attend an international event hosted by one of the member countries.  Furthermore if you are a young Colorado women traveling independently in the Girl Scout world, the Look Wider International Travel Scholarship is available to assist your exploration.

Eloise Golden’s OB-PS Membership in Memorial recognition ensures her aspiration that WAGGGS the long term sustainability of Girl Scouts umbrella entity continues.  Eloise would wish that the understanding of different cultures, leadership development of girls and women (of all ages), peace through the international sisterhood of Girl Guides / Girl Scouts would continue while advancing girls and women of all ages to achieve their dreams, #ForHerWorld.

Sky Hi News from Grand County shared news of Eloise’s recognition with the local community. http://www.skyhinews.com/news/eloise-golden-gets-posthumous-honor-at-worldwide-scouting-event/

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The Olave Baden-Powell Society (OB-PS) supports and promotes the development of girls and young women through the global Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movement.  The OB-PS is to the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS) as the Juliette Gordon Low Society is to the Girl Scouts of Colorado.  Becoming a member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society is an easy way to support the Girl Scouts of Colorado.  While a planned gift of any amount enrolls you in the Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Society, undesignated bequest of $10,000 or more automatically becomes part of Girl Scouts of Colorado permanent endowment—a truly lasting legacy! http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/support-us/planned-giving.html

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Adventures of a globetrotting Girl Scout: Inspirations for traveling abroad  

Submitted by Anna B., 2017 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship  winner

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Hi! I go by my camp name Simba. I have been a Girl Scout for 18 years since I joined as a Brownie. Being a Girl Scout has given me the chance to go to camp, cultivate outdoor skills, and travel abroad. I actually really discovered my love of traveling through Girl Scouting. Since that first amazing trip with my troop to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilmanjaro, I have been finding ways to see the world. Luckily, Girl Scouts as a part of WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) has access to the to their very own world centres. As a beneficiary of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship, my most recent trip was to Sangam World Centre in Pune, India.  For four months, I was the program/marketing and communications intern. I highly recommend traveling through Girl Scouts, with your troop, or as an individual to the world centres or elsewhere and here’s why:

  1. It’s is totally possible to travel half way around the world (or farther)!

It is hard work to raise the money to go on even small trips abroad, but don’t forget about cookie sales! It took me four years to save up for my first trip. With the help of the “Look Wider” scholarship as well as receiving a travel stipend from WAGGGS for being an intern/volunteer, this trip to India was totally funded! The world centers have many scholarships available for their programs, so don’t forget to ask about them when doing your research.

  1. The challenge is worth it.

Stepping outside your comfort zone is hard and for most people traveling to India, a culture that is so different to ours in America, it is outside their comfort zone.  However, it is so rewarding when you learn to navigate that cultural experience and guide guests through it. I got to lead groups on tours of Laxmi Road, an older part of Pune. The first time I successfully guided a group through the markets and streets (without getting lost), did not lose anyone in the crowd of the line bazaar, and got on the right busses to get back to Sangam, I felt very gratified. It doesn’t sound too hard, but when you don’t speak the same language as those around you and can’t read the street signs, there is definitely an added challenge.

  1. Meeting Girl Guides and Scouts from all over the world

I was so inspired to met Guides and Scouts that truly dedicate themselves to WAGGGS and making the world a better place. A friend that I met at Sangam from Sweden will be on the Swedish delegation for Roverway and the WAGGGS World Conference. I met a Guide from Albania, which is not yet part of WAGGGS, who was sent as an ambassador to learn more about WAGGGS as they work on applying for membership. Living with me at Sangam, there where people from the UK, Canada, Rwanda, Belguim, Australia, Sweden, Senegal, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan and South Africa. There is also an incredible team of local staff at Sangam that looked out for us, answered all our questions and made us incredible food!

  1. The chance to build and work on professional and leadership skills

While at Sangam I was the program/marketing and communications intern. My background is in program for summer camp, but I knew nothing about marketing and communications. I can now make videos for promotion, use social media to update our fans about the goings on at Sangam, and use other creative platforms to tell people about upcoming events. I definitely saw participants gain leadership skills in the short times that they were at Sangam thorough working as a team on planning and delivering programs for Sangam’s community partners. There is always something to learn.

  1. Building confidence

I was really impressed with the volunteers I met when I first arrived at Sangam.  How easily they negotiated getting a rickshaw and delivered  Sangam programs to participants! I found out later that they were both shy and nervous when they first started. I never would have guessed from how confident I saw them. I also saw many of our guests gain the confidence to venture out on their own after being helped with how to get the bus or a rickshaw!

  1. The opportunity to join your global Girl Scouting family

Many people where surprised when I told them I would be in India for four months, but I knew that I was going to a new home. Having volunteered at Pax Lodge (London), another of the world centres, I already had a family all over the world, some of whom I have visited. Sangam was no different.  Everyone was so generous and inviting. Many offered up their homes after having know me for only a few days. I can’t wait to continue to travel by visiting my guiding friends.

  1. Earn your Sangam When We Shine challenge badge!

I have never met a Guide or Scout who doesn’t love a good badge. At Sangam, it was so fun to swap badges and see how unique and creative that badges from other places where. I used them to decorate my room at Sangam and remind me of the many groups of people I got to share memories with.

  1. Working side by side with Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world to make the world a better place for everyone

Sisterhood at Sangam is not just between Scouts and Guides, but strives to include all women and girls everywhere. Working with Sangam’s community partners we established a wider community of women. As a volunteer, I loved taking Sangam participants to work with the community partners, the enthusiasm with which they planned their activities and after a slight hesitation, jump right in to teaching them. A group of girls from Malaysia were a bit wary when they learned they would mostly be working with boys to do some painting and gardening at a school. By the end of the day everyone was laughing and taking silly selfies together!

  1. The possibility to celebrate Girl Guiding and Scouting traditions

I happened to be at Sangam for World Thinking Day! The Baraht Scouts and Guides of India hosted us for a ceremony in the morning involving lots of songs and games. We planted a tree in honor of this year’s WTD theme, GROW! In the evening we connected with people all over the world through live streaming our ceremony on Facebook. It was so special to know that so many groups were celebrating WTD with us and thinking about us. We were thinking about them!

  1. You may even get to go to a wedding!

A staff member at Sangam got married while I was there and the Sangam family was invited to go to the turmeric ceremony before the wedding. It was so much fun to celebrate and experience this unique tradition and cover each other in turmeric! If one of your friends are getting married, you should recommend them these rose gold wedding rings.

  1. Trying new things

You won’t know if you like it until you try it! Whether your challenge is trying new foods, going for a hike or abseiling off a tower, these opportunities abound.

  1. Learning new things about the world

Here are a couple of things I learned: In India, a queue looks more like a crowd. Europe doesn’t have Mexican food and therefore many Europeans haven’t had a quesadilla before. Canadians sometimes say things like sauce me a pen and, eat spicy beans and fuzzy peaches.

  1. Visiting world heritage sites

In my experience, they are better in person! I had a chance to travel some outside of Pune.  The Taj Mahal!

  1. And friends that you will have for the rest of your life

I miss them! Luckily we have reunion planed for 2019!

Hopefully you now feel inspired to travel. I am happy to help out. I can come talk to your troop about planning a trip abroad or answer questions about traveling to a world centre.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved atgirlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.