Welcome to the Global Education website! Check out the website to discover all things global! Whether you are attending the convention or not, visit the site regularly to find out what is going on in the Girl Scouting/Girl Guiding world. While at the convention, don’t forget visit our INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS AND ADVENTURES global booth in the Hall of Experiences to learn more about WAGGGS and our world sisters.
A Learning Pause (LP) is an opportunity for people to come together to explore a given topic as their schedules permit. LPs are informal and self-managed opportunities to connect and learn with and from other convention participants. There’s no need to register, and convention-goers can drop in and out at any time. A variety of Girl Scout–centric topics will be covered, including the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, outdoor program and initiatives, awards and insignia, STEM, travel, WAGGGS, Global Girl Scouting, and more. Learning Pauses will be offered daily and can be easily identified by the “LP” logo.
Volunteers Going Global– Global Action Volunteers work with GSUSA councils to ensure girls understand and can experience our global movement. Global Leadership Opportunities are for young adult volunteers (ages 18-35) to represent Girl Scouting at various international events and programs. To assist the GAV and GLO volunteers, what programs or information would be beneficial for girls to learn and experience at the council level to prepare them for global opportunities? Additionally, are you interested in learning more about GAV and GLO?
Developing a Culturally Competent Toolbox – Local, regional, national and international… today’s world calls for girls to develop “cross-cultural competencies” to interact with the growing diversity of people, places and experiences. What cross-cultural competencies help girls expand their horizons and interact on a global platform? How can we help girls develop these competencies? Take these ideas and help prepare girls for the wonders of our world!
Four Homes Around the World – Did you know the four World Centres were set up as “a home for all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts?” Our Centres offer skiing in Switzerland (and eating delicious chocolate!); taking in the sights of London; tying a sari in India or community projects in sunny Mexico! You have four homes to choose from – share your international travel experiences or join us to learn more!
International Opportunities – Adventure is in the heart of every Girl Scout! Explore the possibilities of a combining international travel and volunteerism through community service projects or advocacy. Share and learn how the National Program Portfolio prepares girls for these international opportunities!
The Global World in Journeys – In what ways do Journeys prepare girls for our global world? What examples from a Journey can you share with others? Are Journey materials being incorporated into World Thinking Day at your council or service unit? Share your ideas and be creative in developing new approaches for presenting the global aspects of Journeys.
Visioning the Global Future – Here is your chance to envision what global Girl Scouting will be in the future. Think about ten years from now– what does global Girl Scouting look like? Are there more girl-led international trips? What about take action projects with girls in another part of the world? No constraints to this visioning….share great ideas and start the creative process!
An International Celebration: World Thinking Day – World Thinking Day (WTD) is more than just a big party! It is a day to celebrate being part of the largest Movement in the world for girls and young women. Share and learn how you can use WTD and the WTD patch program as tools to teach girls about and connect with their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world.
Advocacy, Voices Against Violence – Sadly many girls around the world are subjected to all forms of violence: at home; at school; and within their communities. Promotion, advocacy and a call to action on behalf of these girls is needed! Learn about the Voices Against Violence educational program and how you can present this impactful program to the girls in your council.
Free Being Me – In the USA, 78 percent of girls, ages 16-17, have negative thoughts about their appearance, according to a recent TODAY/AOL Body Image Survey. In response, WAGGGS and the Dove Self Esteem Project have created Free Being Me. Through fun and interactive activities, young people learn that body confidence and self-esteem come from valuing their bodies, standing up to social pressures, and supporting others to be more body confident. Play the card game and learn about what beauty means in different cultures- you might be surprised!
Travel Opportunities – Learn about the exciting travel opportunities that girls are experiencing through Girl Scouting! Planning tools, how to’s and a host of resources will be available to help plan the ultimate travel experience. Share your amazing stories and learn tips from other travelers. There are sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world….plan a visit and a take action project to address a challenge…..help make the world a better place.
Addressing Local Solutions to Global Problems – Learn what teen members of WAGGGS around the world are doing to tackle some to today most challenging global problems including gender equity, eradicating property and environmental sustainability. How can we help girls recognize that their local take action projects can truly contribute to addressing a global problem?
WAGGGS Leadership Development Programs – A Girl Scout Journey takes girls on a pathway to empowerment and adventure. Learn about the many WAGGGS-run leadership programs offered at the World Centres or through GLOW
Support Global Opportunities for Girls – As Girl Scouts, we have promised to make our world a better place. How can we provide girls around the world with travel experiences that will help them honor their promise as you have honored yours? What international travel experiences do you know girls have taken? Were there take action projects involved? Did you know that the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Inc. and the Olave Baden-Powell Society are resources for girl-led planning? What questions do you have about international travel?
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world. The World Association supports girls and young women to develop their full potential as responsible citizens of the world.
WAGGGS provides non-formal education for girls and young women helping them to develop leadership and life skills through self-development, challenge and adventure. They, in turn, are equipped to help improve their communities, their countries, and the world and provide inspiration to their peers and younger girls.
Today WAGGGS is building upon its success by providing cutting-edge leadership training through the progressive WAGGGS Leadership Development Programme (WLDP).
WAGGGS speaks out and takes action with and on behalf of girls and young women on issues that concern them such as poverty and hunger, climate change, women’s empowerment, HIV and AIDS prevention and adolescent health. WAGGGS’ advocacy initiatives encourage and enable girls and young women to learn about such issues, speak out on behalf of themselves and others and take action to support their communities and influence decision makers.
Most recently, WAGGGS launched the “Stop the violence” campaign. This global advocacy campaign aims at supporting girls and young women to understand and assert their rights – rights that should be recognized as basic human rights by everyone. Through non-formal education programs, international calls to action, direct lobbying and community work, the campaign will put girls and young women in the lead and mobilize them globally to demand an end to violence against girls.