Inspiration in Action – celebrating International Volunteer Day 2012

5 December 2012

A message for all Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting volunteers from WAGGGS World Board Chair Nadine El Achy.

Nadine El Achy

The tag line for UN Volunteers is “inspiration in action” and that is certainly true of the nearly two million volunteers in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting across the world.

On International Volunteer Day 2012, the World Association would like to thank and recognize all its volunteers.

From running groups every week; to developing training programmes; to sitting on governance task forces; to delivering climate change projects; to mentoring, leading and growing girls and young women; volunteers are the head, the heart and the hands of this great global Movement. Thank you.

Volunteers are the head, the heart and the hands of this great global Movement. Thank you.

If the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement was a corporation, we would be the fourth largest in the world, larger than the Indian Railways Company and McDonalds.

That’s two million people working towards fulfilling the vision and mission of the World Association, to ensuring that “all girls are valued and can take action to change the world” and to “enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens.”

For 100 years, volunteers have been delivering Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to girls in 145 countries, making sure that girls now have so many more opportunities and life chances than they ever have before.  

For 100 years, volunteers have been making sure that girls now have so many more opportunities and life chances than they ever have before.

But we cannot stop here. We must continue to grow our Movement so more girls and young women can share in the opportunities provided by Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting – to develop leadership and life skills, to nurture confidence, to be empowered and have safe spaces to explore important issues, to learn how to speak out and take action on things important to them. 

And of course to instil in girls the same sense of commitment to their communities as you have as volunteers, to support them to grow into global citizens making a difference to their lives and ours. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on average volunteer, outside of the Movement, 15 hours a month. What an awesome and powerful contribution to the world!

So volunteers – keep doing what you are doing, not just delivering the programme, but inspiring others to volunteer and make a difference too.