GOLD Guyana 2012

Hello and welcome to our blog! We are a group of 6 Girlguiding UK members aged between 19 and 27, who have been selected to take part in a GOLD project this summer.
GOLD stands for Guiding Overseas Linked with Development, a project run by Girlguiding UK which gives young women aged between 18 and 30 the chance to assist in community action projects in other countries. As well as making a positive impact on the community, we also hope to grow the Guiding Association in the country so that they can participate more fully in WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts). There are 8 projects this year, including our destination Guyana.
We're all very excited for our GOLD journey to begin, and we hope you enjoy reading about how we are preparing and what we are doing when we get there!

Friday, 13 July 2012

One week to go!

Everything is getting very exciting, as it is only one week till our South American adventure begins. Packing has begun in earnest for some of the team (super organised!) and all remains is for the last few bits to be purchased, the session plans printed and bound (thanks Heather and Zoe) and printing essential items! I know I have dragged my parents around every camping and outdoors-y shop in about a 50 mile radius looking for stuff like walking sandals and travel wash. I’ve also spent a lot of time searching for shorts, because apparently no shops sell shorts that go below the knee, or even reach the knee region! (For future reference, go to Dorothy Perkins, and don’t try to buy shorts in March).
Quick update, our badge selling is going well but if you would still like one please buy one soon so we can put our fundraising to good use in Guyana! Please email for a copy of the challenge badge pack or to order badges – they are very beautiful, and would make an excellent addition to any camp blanket.
As to our plans for our trip, our session plans are completed on our two main themes – advocacy and the environment. We have also some prepared for leadership and event planning which we are hoping will be really useful for the GGGA! As well as running trainings, we are hoping to help start a recycling project and begin a garden! I have been getting lots of practice at growing things at work, in preparation – not sure the same rules apply in Guyana as England though!  After we’ve finished our project, 4 of us get to go travelling (sorry Laura and Zoe) to the interior, and to the AMAZON RAINFOREST which is almost a lifetime dream for me so that is certainly fuelling the excitement.
The first stage of the trip is to Gatwick Travelodge, where we will all meet to have team photos, get very excited, and have a chilled evening before flight #1 to Trinidad! Therefore, we are going to have a very busy blog starting next Saturday – so keep your eyes peeled and some free time for reading and being jealous of our adventures J
Good luck to all the GOLD teams setting off shortly, and we look forward to hearing about it all when we get back!
Lots of GOLD love and excitement
And the GOLD Guyana 2012 Team! xxxx


  1. Have an amazing time girls, I know you will. I'm very excited for you. Give my love to Aunty Berle and everyone at GGGA. Look after each other, especially Nikki!!! I look forward to the blog posts and seeing your photos. Sara x

  2. Thanks Sara!

    Will tell you all about it when we're back... I hope you enjoy reading the blog :)

    Nikki xx