Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) enables young women to develop their potential and make a difference in the world
Improve your skills, experience new cultures and make a long-term impact.
From joining campaigns to end violence against women and girls in Malawi, to encouraging young leaders in Latvia – GOLD empowers young women to work in partnership with other guide associations around the world. It's great for our GOLD teams, who have fantastic adventures, and it's great our partner organisations too.
GOLD has been working with member countries of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) for 30 years. So far, we've given over 900 members of Girlguiding an adventure of a lifetime.
Projects that make a lasting difference
Past GOLD projects have travelled to more than 41 countries including Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malawi, Peru and Sri Lanka. Each project is tailored to the local needs of the host country, to provide community or guiding based development projects.
These projects range from leadership skills training to delivering advocacy programmes to young women. Designed in partnership with other guiding organisations. These sustainable projects make sure that the positive impacts of GOLD are still felt after everyone has gone home – so they make a real difference!
Projects usually last three weeks, with teams travelling to their partner country. In 2020 and 2021, GOLD went virtual because of Covid-19, but GOLD teams were still able to collaborate with guiding organisations across the world! GOLD teams worked with their partners to deliver live online trainings, create new resources, run social media challenges and more! Virtual projects were so successful, that we're continuing to run them in 2022.
What will I do on GOLD?
We put together teams of six members – five participants supported by a Leader with previous GOLD experience. In this team you will work with a Member Organisation of WAGGGS on a specific area of developing guiding. You might run leadership skills training, develop a recruitment strategy, set up a new section or lead workshops on body confidence.
On your GOLD journey, you can:
- make friendships that last a lifetime
- make a real difference to communities and guiding overseas
- learn about new cultures and meet new people
- learn new skills – great for you and for your CV
- bring back your new found skills and experience to local guiding.
What will GOLD look like in 2023?
As the effects of Covid-19 are still affecting the world around us, we expect there will be a mixture of face-to-face and virtual GOLD projects in 2023.
If you take part in a face-to-face project, you'll travel to your partner country for three weeks with your team to work with their members on the ground (travel and Covid-19 restrictions permitting).
If you take part in a virtual project, you'll be delivering between ten and 20 hours of content with your partner organisations over a three-month period.
How much does GOLD cost?
Face-to-face GOLD projects in 2023 will cost around £2,400, wherever you go. This covers travel, food and accommodation for briefing and debrief weekends in the UK and all costs for your project trip.
The price of virtual projects in 2023 will be around £400. This covers travel, food and accommodation for briefing and debrief weekends in the UK, resources for your project, and administrative support.
There’s lots of support available to help with fundraising towards your participant fee, and you'll be able to select which version of GOLD you would prefer to take part in.
How to apply
Applications for the next Go for GOLD weekend have now closed.