WAGGGS is the largest volunteer organization in the world dedicated to girls and young women. It is volunteer led and is committed to instilling in each Girl Guide and Girl Scout a strong commitment to community service. For us, Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting is not just about enjoying the benefits of being a member, it is about passing those benefits onto others as well and to making a difference in the wider world.
Your expertise, skills, interests, life experience, and availability are needed! Without the commitment of the nearly 1.5 million volunteers around the world, Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting could not happen.
Whether it’s an hour or two every month or more regular commitments, there are several exciting and flexible ways young women and adults can participate in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting at regional, national and international levels.
So why don’t you join today as a volunteer?
You can work directly with girls, support adults working with them, be part of a WAGGGS committee, volunteer at one of the four World Centres or become a WAGGGS representative at the United Nations. As a volunteer you can make new friends and learn new skills such as leadership and organizational abilities.
Volunteer at the World Centres
Are you friendly and willing to work hard? Do you want to work in another country and discover your potential? Then why not consider volunteering at one of WAGGGS’ World Centres?
WAGGGS offers residential volunteering opportunities all year round at its World Centres in India, Mexico, Switzerland and the UK.
Each World Centre has an international team of volunteer and professional staff. Active members of WAGGGS can volunteer to work for between six weeks and ten months, organizing events and being involved in the World Centres’ programmes and house duties.
You will learn new skills such as event management, training and education. You will make lifelong friends from all over the world. You will develop as a leader and pass on your skills to girls and young women.
Volunteering at Our Cabaña has had an enourmous benefit to my life in general, and in particular, to my Guiding life. My time at the World Centre reaffirmed my belief in the power Guiding has to make a difference to the lives of young women all around the world, and I left with a desire to help do so.
Rachel Barber, volunteer at Our Cabaña
Become a WAGGGS representative at the United Nations
If you live or study in one of the six UN cities (Geneva, Nairobi, New York, Paris, Rome and Vienna) and have Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting experience or an interest in issues that affect girls and young women, you could join a UN Team.
As a WAGGGS’ representative at the United Nations, you will:
- Represent girls and young women at major international UN events
- Contribute to WAGGGS’ advocacy work with the UN
- Run events at the UN
- Manage key partnerships with UN agencies
If interested, please contact email@example.com
Become an expert
Are you an expert on climate change, HIV and AIDS or one of the other MDGs? Do you have experience as a trainer or are you are great researcher? Do you have great media contacts or are you a strategy consultant? Are you an IT guru or a contract negotiator?
Whatever your skills and background, we would love to hear from you if you are interested in supporting WAGGGS and our work with girls and young women.
You choose the level of commitment that suits you, it could be anything from reviewing position statements on advocacy topics to helping us develop an e-learning platform.
Send the nomination, including a short Girl Guiding or Girl Scouting CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org
WAGGGS occasionally has internships available in areas such as Fund Development, Public Relations and Advocacy. If you are interested in becoming an intern at WAGGGS, please send your details to email@example.com and we will include you in our pool of talent.
Volunteer as a unit leader or helper
Contact your Member Organization to find out volunteer opportunities available in your country. They will support you with guidance useful materials.
You can find all Member Organization’s contact details on the ‘Our World’ section.
Volunteer at Regional Committees
Member Organizations are invited to submit nominations for the Regional Committees, a Committee of the World Board, for the triennium 2010-2013. The Regional Committee is composed of six members, at least one of whom should be under 30 years of age at the time of her election. Those elected to serve on the Committee will be chosen from the combined list of new nominations and current members who are eligible and willing to stand for re-election. Members of the Regional Committee will be elected at the Regional Conferences in 2010.
For more information about applications, please contact the relevant Regional Director.