Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD)
'A challenge of a lifetime that has endless unforgettable rewards.'
'A brilliant experience'
Just a few of the many things participants have said about Girlguiding 's GOLD Projects.
What is GOLD?
Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) allows Girlguiding members aged between 18 and 30 to take part in community development projects overseas.
Where has GOLD been?
Since 1991 GOLD has visited more than 30 countries: Guyana, Bangladesh, Chile, Ukraine, Uganda, Thailand, Fiji, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Greece, Armenia, Slovakia, Russia, Poland, Pakistan, Czech Republic, Tanzania, Honduras, Brazil, Madagascar, Kenya, Egypt, Belarus, Jamaica, Indonesia, India and Hungary. Over 500 members have taken part!
What does GOLD do?
The projects vary greatly depending on what the local community and guiding needs and development goals are.
It could involve:
Each group has six team members, supported by a Leader with previous GOLD experience.
In 2012 GOLD will visit Armenia, Malawi, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and
Guyana with three new projects starting in Latvia, Cambodia and the
Gambia. Eight GOLD 2012 teams have been selected and are starting
to plan their projects with their host associations. More updates
In 2011 we had eight GOLD projects overseas for three weeks each. You can find out about some the adventures they had by visiting the blogs of team Armenia, team Guyana, team Russia, team Malawi, team Chile and team Sri Lanka. We also had teams travelling to Fiji and Tanzania.
Your GOLD journey
As a GOLD participant you'll need to fundraise for all project costs including travel and living expenses. This amount currently stands at £1,700 plus any equipment and vaccinations you may need. Your GOLD journey will start from selection at INTOPS in September/October, through two briefing weekends in February and April, to your three week project and then a de-briefing weekend in December and beyond as you share your adventures and learning back home. You'll be supported throughout by the GOLD Coordinator, the International Events Coordinator at CHQ - and by your team members!
If you need any more reasons for going for GOLD...
Can I go?
Then the answer is YES!
Sign up for an INTOPS weekend. This is an information and selection weekend and will tell you everything that you need to know about international opportunities in guiding and whether GOLD is for you. Email INTOPS@girlguiding.org.uk to join the mailing list and find out more!