What does the role of Region International Advisor involve?
The role is about getting our members involved in the world of international guiding. This includes everything from supporting units to find international guiding resources for meetings to promoting international opportunities and organising opportunities for girls and leaders to get away on international adventures. I work with and support the amazing team of County International advisors to create memorable international experiences for our members!
What do you hope to achieve as part of this role?
I hope to share the international love with as many members of Girlguiding Midlands as possible. I hope to create new and exciting international experiences for girls and their leaders in their meeting places and beyond
What other roles do you have in guiding?
I am currently a Rainbow and Brownie leader in Derby.
What relevant previous experiences have you had which led you to this Region role?
I caught the international bug as a Guide visiting Our Chalet and the Netherlands. I went on to take part in a GOLD (Guiding Oversees Linked with Development) project in Guyana in 2012 where we supported the national board in training young leaders and led environment and advocacy projects with Guides. This spurred me on to lead county and region level international trips to Italy and Sri Lanka
In 2016 I was the head of contingent for the Girlguiding and Scout Association contingent at Roverway France. I was responsible for the 250 Rangers and Explorer scouts who attended the event from the UK, making sure they had an enjoyable experience.
I then took on a role on the management board for the next Roverway in the Netherlands, I was responsible for youth engagement and programme for the event. This was the biggest challenge I have faced in Guiding so far – I had to learn very quickly how to create a variety of activities and shows for the 4000 international participants as well as getting to grips with speaking Dutch!
Most recently I was the leader of the Girlguiding Midlands patrol at the World Scout Jamboree in the USA. It was the most fantastic experience, a real mountain top moment.
What is your favourite thing you have done, or your greatest achievement, as a member of Girlguiding?
EVERY SINGLE INTERNATIONAL I HAVE EVER DONE!!!
The best bit as a leader is coming home from an international adventure and realising how much each trip has changed and developed the girls and inspired them to go on and do other things in Guiding or helps them to get a different perspective on their lives.
What do you enjoy outside guiding?
I am a Geography Teacher and love getting pupils to be passionate about the world they live in.
I also love Yoga, Baking, being in the outdoors, travelling and drinking copious amounts of tea!
What is your favourite biscuit and why?
I am more of a cake fan (Lemon drizzle all the way!) but I would never say no to a Ginger Nut Biscuit!
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Caring, Enthusiastic, Organised