In July 2018, I embarked on one of the best experiences of my life so far. Along with over 100 other Girlguiding members, I headed to the Netherlands for two weeks of sun (lots), cheese (lots), work (some) and fun (lots)! Alongside our participants, no fewer than 40 Girlguiding members volunteered as International Service Team members (IST), working behind the scenes to make Roverway 2018 happen.
Roverway is a joint World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) Europe Region event where over 4500 Guides and Scouts gather to learn, work together and have adventures. The IST is the group of adults from WAGGGS and WOSM member organisations who volunteer their time to help make it happen!
After we all met on the beach at Scheveningen for the opening ceremony and first night’s camping, the participants split into their units and travelled to different parts of the Netherlands to spend a week on ‘Paths’, learning about different aspects of Dutch life on their way to the site at Zeewolde.
IST jumped onto buses and headed to site to get stuck into setting up everything we needed for an amazing camp, including a windmill - we were in the Netherlands, after all! After pitching our tents and a much-needed lunch, we started putting up marquees, planning activities and making international friends! IST had their own chill-out area and dining hall, as well as IST-only meetings and activities and a special off-site trip where we were able to visit the local town.