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!

Sunday, 22 July 2012


Hello from the Caribbean!!

We have arrived in the lovely island of Trinidad, and so far we have been here a good 3 hours! We have been fairly busy (ha!) in our short time here. Our 9 hour flight from Gatwick was uneventful and quite pleasant, flying with Caribbean Airlines, we were well looked after by our friendly air steward, Thomas! The food was also quite edible, for a change (even though Nikki assures us 'it's no BA') and we were full enough when we reached the hotel that we decided not to worry about dinner and to go swimming instead!

We set off from the travelodge this morning, and after a short trip to the wrong terminal, and a go on the monorail we arrived at the baggage desk only slightly later than planned. We had a very nice breakfast in Wetherspoons in the airport and felt fully prepared to get on with the day.

When we arrived at the airport in Trinidad, we got through immigration etc. quite quickly, and only Heather needed her baggage searched. Then, we waited outside for the holiday inn bus to turn up. It is quite warm and humid even though the sun has set, but we were lucky enough to get to have a swim in the lovely pool when we arrived, which we had to ourselves! There were no cocktails to be seen but we didn't worry and just enjoyed the pool and relaxing in our hotel rooms.

Now we are all a bit tired as it is technically 2 o' clock in the morning at home, so we're having a small snack of highland shorties to keep us going for a little bit!

I'm sure we'll have much more to tell you tomorrow as we arrive in Guyana and see our apartment and begin project! Not sure how much access to internet though so you'll just have to watch this space.

Lots of GOLD love,
Team Guyana 2012, reporting from Port of Spain, Trinidad!

Our team bear, Tash, wearing her hoodie on the plane

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