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!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Go well and safely


Yesterday was evaluation day, so we were at HQ for 11am to meet the girls all in smart uniform. It was raining cats and dogs and all the streets were flooded (it’s not like it rains here a lot in the rainforest you know…) so lots of the girls were late or stuck at home. That was sad as we’d have liked to have seen them again but the ones who came gave us great points to take away and discuss before next year’s project. We were sadly unable to make it to the zoo in the morning due to the rain and also being super busy preparing for evaluation! We gave the girls gifts to say thank you for being so brilliant and got hugs in return which was lovely and a few tears came our way (from Nikki of course!)
Afterwards we went for a well earned meal at the Roti Hut, our new favourite place, as we were starving and by the time we finished up at HQ and got there it was past 2pm! Laura and Heather went to the supermarket and Nikki, Hannah and I went home via the fruit man. Once we were home and Laura and Heather had returned, we went to sort out our tour afterwards to Arrowpoint Lodge, and to pick up a menu from Pizza Hut! The evening brought with it our pizza party which was so much fun and involved learning some awesome Guyanese dancing! Not sure we quite did it like them but we had fun anyway! There was a little bit of cheesy 90s pop being sung as well! There were hugs and tears as we sang ‘Go well and safely’ out of the window as the girls left. After a lovely evening we relaxed together and had fun on our last night as a team in Guyana!
Pizza party!
This is our last blog post from Guyana as today Laura left! Tears all around as the taxi came to pick her up. Heather and Hannah went with her to the airport whilst Nikki and I said goodbye at the gate. Nobody can quite believe how quickly these three weeks have gone and that project has now ended! As we are leaving for tour tomorrow we are all busy packing and washing in preparation but it feels like we should be planning something or thinking of a training!

After twelve days of trainings, camp, evaluation, and three weeks of life in Guyana this is Team Guyana 2012 signing out. We hope you have enjoyed hearing about our journey and our time on GOLD – its been an unforgettable experience.

Team Guyana 2012, over and out. 

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