What we do
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the official umbrella organization for all 145 national Girl Guide and Girl Scout organizations in the world. Through its Member Organizations and through working directly with girls and young women, WAGGGS delivers high quality non-formal educational programmes and international opportunities that provide girls and young women dynamic, flexible and values-based training in life skills, leadership and citizenship.
For nearly one hundred years, the international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement has been developing the leaders of the future through its innovative education methods. Most recently we launched our Global Action Theme girls worldwide say “together we can change our world”. This awareness raising programme encourages girls, young women and members of all ages to make a personal commitment to change the world around them and is directly linked to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
As well as the historical troop based learning system, WAGGGS has developed other channels for learning and development, including our WAGGGS Leadership Development Programme (WDLP). This is designed to take the WAGGGS vision into the future via a strong set of female leaders operating from grass roots level upwards.
Other educational resources include our range of toolkits and publications, such as our UNAIDS funded HIV and AIDS Training Toolkit packed with ideas for leaders and trainers to teach girls and young women about HIV and AIDS and to help counteract the stigma surrounding the illness.
Girls, young women and leaders in the Movement can visit one of the four World Centres for an education experience of a life time. Each year an exciting and varied programme is put on at each of the World Centres including advocacy seminars, cultural tours and skiing adventures. Lifelong friendships are forged, leadership skills practiced and self-esteem developed.
Advocacy and community action
WAGGGS influences people to take decisions that will improve the lives of girls and young women and their communities. We aim not only to speak out on behalf of girls and young women everywhere, but also to empower them to advocate for themselves.
With its ten million individual members and nearly a million and a half adult volunteers, the World Association is the perfect platform to do this. As an intercultural, inter-generational organization committed to a robust inclusion and diversity policy we are well positioned to raise awareness about issues affecting girls and young women, provide a platform for discussion, debate and decision-making about these issues and conduct public advocacy campaigns to influence decision-makers.
Through WAGGGS, young women have the opportunity to meet with their peers around the world and participate in exciting international projects. Girls can apply to be delegates at UN conference such as the Commission on the Status of Women and conferences on climate change, HIV and AIDS and other Millennium Development Goals.
Volunteer opportunities at our World Centres and community action projects give young women the opportunity to actively serve their community, a principle inherent in the Girl Guide and Girl Scout tradition. Volunteers at Sangam work with marginalized children to help them be able to attend school.
Getting involved, making a difference
For nearly 100 years Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been changing lives through service to others. This important work continues through the Sangam Volunteer Programme; our community outreach programmes at the World Centres; and diversity projects and the many Global Action Theme (GAT) projects on the MDGs happening around the world.
The Girl Guides who have volunteered have actively participated in running shelters, gathering food and supplies and providing direct, hands on support to those affected in conjunction with the local aid agencies.
Mollie Muscutt, from the UK, volunteered from August to November this year at Mobile Crèche, an organization that works to provide education and health care to children at hazardous construction sites in Pune, India:
|Working at Mobile Crèche is both challenging and rewarding. I have had to develop ways of overcoming the language barrier and have found that you can never underestimate the power a smile.|
This kind of partnership work is just one of the ways that WAGGGS gets involved in local communities, bringing young WAGGGS members from across the globe together with local people and giving them a chance to learn from each other, share information and build friendships.
Fun, friendship and challenge
Through its Member Organizations and World Centres, WAGGGS offers a great range of activities to appeal everyone.
- Learn Mexican crafts and cooking lessons in Mexico
- Go sari shopping or experience a rickshaw rides in India
- Zip lining across the valley or abseiling off a bridge in Switzerland
- Enjoy a scavenger hunt around in London
Challenge yourself to try something new and see just how far you can reach!
The centenary celebrations will start on 10 April 2010 and are a great occasion to prepare fun activities in line with the ‘Plant’ theme. Download the centenary pack.