WAGGGS is the largest volunteer organisation in the world dedicated to girls and young women, supporting the development of girls and young women as active citizens and “agents of change”.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is the official umbrella organisation for 150 national Girl Guide and Girl Scout member organisations throughout the world. Our values-based, non-formal education programmes enable Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to develop life and leadership skills which empower them to become responsible and active citizens ready to speak out on issues affecting them, and to work together to change lives and build a better world.

Volunteerism is an essential part of the Girl Guide and Girl Scout educational method. Volunteering helps young people to: strengthen their motivation, commitment and sense of identity, develop core competencies in leadership, decision-making and other life skills, and gain intercultural and inter-generational understanding. It also provides them with opportunities to get actively involved in their local communities and form life-long habits of civic engagement.

For the past 100 years, Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has supported the development of girls and young women as active citizens and “agents of change”. But just as importantly, WAGGGS has supported the development of the volunteers who lead our young people and contribute to the quality and development of our Movement.

Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting could not exist without our 1.5 million volunteer leaders who:

  • Fill management and governance roles at local, national, regional and global levels
  • Train and support adult members and volunteers
  • Fundraise
  • Design and help deliver our educational programmes
  • Provide service to the organisation through involvement in external events, partnerships, campaigns and community projects
  • Provide opportunities which contribute to Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ self-development as active and responsible citizens

WAGGGS Vision for Volunteerism

With the Vision for Volunteerism WAGGGS wants to underline its deep involvement with and commitment to millions of volunteers worldwide and it does this by:

1) expressing the essential value of volunteers for the movement

2) stating the unique gain for the volunteers themselves of volunteering in WAGGGS

3) laying out what WAGGGS commits to offer its volunteers

4) communicating what WAGGGS aims at requiring from the volunteers


This collection of materials seeks to address issues of engaging and expanding the pool of volunteers in the ever-changing context of an increasingly time-poor world.

The following catalogue  is far from exhaustive; however it can help MOs struggling with challenges regarding volunteerism to take positive steps towards progress. All resources are open-source and are available online for  download.  

So why don’t you join today as a volunteer?

You can work directly with girls in your country, support adults working with them, be part of a WAGGGS committee or volunteer at one of our World Centres.

Join the WAGGGS Volunteer Pool

Did you know we are always looking for volunteers to support our work?

We are always looking for more volunteers to join our resource pool. Their skills support different projects and help to strengthen our Movement. Opportunities include working with new countries, supporting regional projects, advising Member Organisations on capacity building, providing translation and interpretation support and facilitating workshops on our new leadership model.

To join the resource pool a person must be recommended by their Member Organisation.

Please send completed recommendation forms to leadingforherworld@wagggs.org

Action for Member Organisations

1/ Read all Information Sheets

2/ Complete and Sign the Recommendation Form

3/ Return the form to leadingforherworld@wagggs.org

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