Being part of the leadership team on a region international expedition has changed my approach to life; it’s as simple as that.
I went into this experience expecting to enjoy another part of the world and to expand my guiding beyond my small unit. I attended the selection weekend nervous that I didn’t have the skills or experience to be selected, then nervous that I wouldn’t get on with my team. I was seriously wrong on both counts. Over 15 months I have formed friendships for life, gained new skills, and discovered confidence in myself as an individual and as a leader that has spurred me to take on greater challenges in my personal and guiding life.
I loved meeting our young members and getting to know these new girls and their personalities, strengths and vulnerabilities. Preparing for an international trip affords a position to nurture and see growth more than weekly guiding. Throughout planning and preparation weekends and the ultimate trip (three amazing weeks in Cambodia) we saw the girls grow from teenagers to confident and capable young women. They took on responsibility and challenge, they supported each other in ways that made me feel exceedingly proud and they reminded me why I’m involved in Girlguiding in the first place.