Outlook 24
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Jess in India
I was thrilled to be selected as one of ten volunteers from around the world to attend the 36th World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Conference in India this year. When I first arrived in India, I was struck by how colourful and busy it was. On the first day I took a tuk-tuk – quite an experience! The roads are certainly very different from roads in the UK! I was an international service team member, helping to set up the event for the delegates. Before the conference, I spent a week at Sangam, one of the Guiding World Centres in India, attending the Growing Your Leadership event; and I met young women from all over the world, also attending the conference. It was fantastic! We learned about the WAGGGS’ leadership goals, climbed a mountain, tried on a sari (pictured above, fourth from left), ran a day’s activities at a local community centre and even had time to explore Pune. Message from Malala I then travelled to Delhi for the conference – the theme was For the Girl. It was hard work, but an incredible experience. Each day we were briefed at 7.30 am on our daily tasks. These included handing out bags and headsets at registration to both delegates and VIPs, helping run the WAGGGS shop, directing delegates to their seats and even carrying the flag for the Bharat Scouts and Guides. We had an opportunity to take part in the ceremonies and present the speakers on stage. We also did a surprise flash mob to the official song of the event ‘When we shine!’ I also had a sneak preview of who would be hosting the 2020 World Conference, and witnessed a history-making moment when Syrian Girl Guides became full members of WAGGGS. Many wonderful speakers came to talk to us, such as the Princess of Denmark. Even Malala sent us a video message!!! At the end of the week we were presented with a certificate on stage by World Board Chairman for Guiding, Nicola Grinsted, for our hard work. It was a fantastic experience and I loved every second of it! Jess Shire