Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD)
‘GOLD has really changed my life’ – Miriam ridley, GOLD 2013 Team Guyana
What is GOLD?
Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) enables young women to develop their potential and make a difference in the world. It's a fantastic opportunity for guiding members to travel overseas, improve their skills, experience an amazing new culture and know that they're having a long-term impact.
How do I apply for GOLD?
To apply for GOLD come to our selection weekend, Go for GOLD. More Information about the weekend is available for our new site.
To find out more on how to apply for GOLD, you can sign up to the GOLD mailing list by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a Girlguiding member aged 18-30 through GOLD, you can:
What is a project with GOLD like?
What does GOLD do?
Projects vary depending on what is needed by the local community and Guiding Association. They could involve:
Each group has six team members, supported by a Leader with previous GOLD experience. Each group goes on GOLD once, for a three week project.
The GOLD journey
GOLD participants need to fundraise towards the costs of their GOLD project, although the project is partially subsidised by Girlguiding. This amount currently stands at £1,700 plus any equipment and vaccinations needed. The GOLD journey starts with a selection weekend, through two briefing weekends in February and April, to the three week project and then a debriefing weekend in autumn or winter – and beyond as participants share their adventures and learning back home.
A GOLD Bursary Fund
exists to support GOLD
participants who are
fundraising in a deprived
area or have additional
needs. The bursary could pay
a proportion of a
provide a carer during a
GOLD project, provide
specialist equipment for
GOLD or fund a participant’s
place on a selection
In 2014, GOLD will be
visiting seven countries. The
teams will deliver projects
ranging from leadership training
for young and new leaders in
recruitment sessions in teacher
training colleges in Sri Lanka
and developing programme in
Past GOLD projects
Visit the blogs of GOLD 2013 teams to get a taste of what's involved for
teams: team Armenia,
team Sri Lanka and