Every year, hundreds of girls and women travel abroad with Girlguiding to destinations as diverse as Switzerland and Mexico, and everywhere in between. 

International adventures are a great opportunity to see amazing sights, meet amazing people and could even change your life! Travelling overseas, girls and adults in guiding learn about other cultures and global issues.

Opportunities for young members of Girlguiding

Brownies, Guides and members of The Senior Section  can travel abroad with Girlguiding. A variety of international visits take place each year, some organised by Units, Districts or Divisions, some by Counties and some organised at Region level.

Previous trips have seen members travel to:

  • Sri Lanka to work at a rehabilitation centre for disabled children
  • The Czech Republic to paddle down the Vltava river with friends from the Czech Scouts
  • Malawi, working with the Book Bus to promote literacy in local schools
  • A number of European countries, having being challenged to meet Guides or Scouts in as many places as possible! The group travelled to the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy and Croatia!
  • Russia to run a camp for children from an orphanage in the Volgograd region, in partnership with the Russian Girl Scouts
  • Girlguiding Eurohop visit to France.

Trips run by a County or the Region are usually for members of The Senior Section aged over 14. To take part in one of these visits you would need to attend an International selection event held in each County during March or April. Please contact your County International Adviser for details of the next selection event in your County.

Members of The Senior Section can also work towards the Travelling Abroad module of the Senior Section Permit to take between 4 and 8 members of The Senior Section.

Opportunities for Leaders and members of The Senior Section aged over 18

Of course none of these trips could take place without Leaders to lead them. This Girlguiding video shows Leaders describing the skills and confidence they gained by leading an international trip, and the impact of these amazing experiences on the girls and young women who took part.

Leaders are always sought for both County and Region trips – please speak to your County International Advisor for further information. An event for leaders interested in Region trips is usually held in February/March.

You could organise your very own international adventure, and many units do every year. Taking your girls abroad can be a great experience and an adventure for both you and your girls. 

The Travelling Abroad Training is a series of sessions which provide support for Leaders to take girls and young women on trips and residential events overseas – see the Girlguiding website for further details. Please contact your County International Advisor for details of the next Travelling Abroad Training dates.

There are lots of ways to travel internationally – you could hold your unit camp independently -overseas, take part in an organised camp abroad (see the Girlguiding website for a list of upcoming camps), take part in a service or community project or visit a World Centre to name a few! But you don't have to go abroad to take part in an international camp. There are international camps in the UK too - they are a great opportunity to enjoy exciting activities, and exchange ideas and form friendships with members from around the world. See the Girlguiding website for a list of upcoming camps.

GOLD

As part of Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD), members of Girlguiding, aged 18 to 30, travel thousands of miles to make a difference in communities across the world. Previous participants have run workshops with girls in Zambia to achieve their career aspirations, tackled violence against women and girls in Malawi, grown youth membership in Aruba and taken peer education to Peru.

To be part of this amazing opportunity, the Go for Gold selection weekend is the first step on the ladder. Find out more about GOLD and apply for the Go for Gold selection weekend on the Girlguiding website.