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!

Monday, 6 August 2012

A busy weekend!

Hello everyone!
With all the leaders after training
We have been having another busy few days! On Saturday we had a training session with the leaders and it was great to meet them all. Hopefully we have helped them with the sessions we did on camp planning and badges. We had around 16 leaders which was quite a success and possibly due to having a weekend training, which is something to think about for next year’s project. After training there was some shopping to be done, and then home for some intense camp planning. We also had to get ready for dinner with Mrs. P and Maria which was lovely and we got to try lots of Guyanese cuisine including boiled breadfruit which is quite like potato! After dinner we got down to some more planning and ended up with a considerable To Do List!

Heather preparing for camp!
Maria took Heather and Laura to church on Sunday morning which started at 7am and went on till 10am! They had a good time and an interesting experience of a different culture. We continued the culture theme by going out for brunch with Berle, Sarah, Gloria, Oshelle and some of the other commissioners for Guiding in Guyana. We went to a Guyanese buffet called Herdmanston House and Lodge which was really nice and gave us a chance to try the national dish of Guyana – pepperpot. We also had ‘bakes’, curry, and salted fish! Everyone was very brave and gave it all a try – it was all good! After ticking off all the other things on our to do list, we watched Christina Ohuruogu win her silver medal in the women’s 400m which was very exciting! We also watched the Men’s 100m final – go Usain Bolt! We are very much enjoying our occasional watching of the Olympics even though it is punctuated by very odd adverts and hardly visible on the TV. We are keeping up with Britain’s efforts online too!
With the leaders at brunch
After that we went to Pegasus Hotel to go swimming! That was really refreshing and just what we needed. We had a really nice dinner and a cocktail which was appreciated after the busy week we’ve had. By the end of the day we were all ready for bed and went straight there when we arrived home!
Today we are going camping so it is all go here, Sarah is coming to take Nikki and Laura to get some more resources, everyone is furiously packing and hoping things will dry in time! We will be away until Thursday so probably no posts until then – don’t worry about us, we haven’t got lost! Sarah has told us to expect up to 30 guides so we shall see what happens there… I think we will be 5 very tired GOLDies on Thursday!
Lots of GOLD love
Team Guyana 2012



  1. Hope you all have a good camp, and look forward to hearing how well it went. You could be the Olympic swimming team in your photo!! Judith xx

  2. Have a good camp & can't wait to hear all about it :)