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 overseas, and it's great for the guide associations too.
GOLD has been working with member countries of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) for nearly 25 years. So far, we've given over 600 members of Girlguiding an adventure of a lifetime.
Follow a GOLD journey
Get a sneak preview of what a GOLD journey looks like in this video.
Projects that make a lasting difference
Past GOLD projects have travelled to more than 35 countries including Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malawi, Peru and Sri Lanka. Each three-week 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. 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!
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.
How to apply
To go on GOLD, you need to attend the Go for GOLD selection weekend. Applications for the Go for GOLD selection weekend for GOLD 2019 have now closed.
Applications for Go for GOLD open each spring for the following GOLD year. So to be part of GOLD 2020, you need to apply for and be successful in attending Go for GOLD 2019. Keep an eye out for details of how you can apply for Go for GOLD 2019 early next year.
'It was a shock for us to see the day-to-day life of a child in Malawi and the burdens so many of them have so young. There was one message that rang out: Guides in Malawi are taking a stand to end violence against women and it is making a difference.'
'During my GOLD project in Chile I dodged sea lions, went on 24-hour bus journeys, met important government officials, shared clothes with four teammates when our luggage went missing, and worked through the night to change training plans.'
Adventures close to home
Do something unforgettable
There's always a way that you can get more involved with Girlguiding. We have events and opportunities for all ages across the UK and around the world.