It seems hard to believe but 6 months have passed since we came home from The Gambia. Our (slight) suntans might have faded but we haven’t forgotten our time in the country and have been busy telling everyone about our trip. This ranges from casual conversations to more formal talks and written reports/articles. Emma was even interviewed for local radio!
We all got together again for a debrief weekend in December with the GOLD teams who travelled to Sri Lanka and Latvia. It was lovely to see each other and exchange stories with other GOLD 2014 teams. It was also a good opportunity to evaluate the projects and think about our next challenges in guiding.
We were delighted to hear that the GOLD project in The Gambia will continue for two more years. Excitingly, Kat is going to be returning to The Gambia as the leader of the 2015 team! We are all looking forward to hearing about how they get on and you can also follow their progress by reading their blog, facebook page, or following them on twitter (@GOLDGAMBIA2015).
Since GOLD 2014:
Charlotte has been working towards the Queen’s Guide Award. She helped to run a Division fun day called ‘Healthy and Happy’, where she ran relaxation sessions and fruit tasting for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. She is currently learning Spanish and intends to practice her new language skills on her holidays to Madrid and Barcelona this year!
Emma has become a trustee for Girlguiding Scotland. She has also become the ‘Girls Coordinator’ for Girlguiding Scotland – a new programme running international service projects for girls aged 14-16 years (a bit like GOLD). She will be leading the first trip with 10 girls going to Mexico in 2016! In February she moved to London for six months, but she already has a new job lined up for when she returns to Scotland in the summer.
Alongside preparations for GOLD 2015, Kat has been getting involved in some local guiding activities. She organized an event to celebrate World Thinking Day for her local Guiding District using ideas from our GOLD training sessions (but couldn’t attend the event because she was at a GOLD 2015 briefing weekend!). She has also been head hunted by her Division Commissioner, who said “I believe you are outdoorsy[…]can you read a map?”. Outside of Guiding she also working towards her dinghy senior instructor and climbing wall award qualifications…
Louise is planning to go on no less than 5 Brownie Pack Holidays and one guide camp this year! She is working on her Holiday Licence, which would allow her to run Brownie Pack Holidays for her unit in future. She also produces the newsletter for her local Guiding County (Central Glamorgan). When she isn’t busy with all those Guiding activities she is learning to drive so if take care if you are on the roads in the Welsh Valleys!
Sarah B has become Division Commissioner for Wansdyke Division, which is part of Somerset North County in the South West of England, looking after 6 Districts. She is also planning her wedding for this September and starting to look for a new house – “I thought this year was going to be quiet after GOLD last year but doesn’t look like it’s going to be!”
Sarah S also planned to have a quiet year, but instead she landed up performing in a small local pantomime and is moving house (this week)… She has been getting more involved in local guiding events including helping at residential weekends for older guides who are working on their Baden Powell Award. She has recently returned from an Australian-themed Brownie Holiday in an old wind mill on the Norfolk coast (some imagination required!).
Although our geographical locations around the country and busy schedules make it difficult for us to meet up, we are still in regular contact and are planning to have a reunion later this year.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us on our GOLD journey, including:
- GOLD co-ordinator Anna Bourne
- Carly Walker-Dawson from Girlguiding CHQ
- The individuals and organizations who have donated money through grants, buying cakes, badges and all our other fundraising efforts.
- The Gambians who made us feel so welcome while on project.
And, last but not least, thank you for reading.
Team GOLD The Gambia 2014