2017's Final GOLD Adventure

Last Friday, we all headed up to Sheffield for our debrief weekend; the final step of our GOLD journey. We were joined by the teams from Aruba, Rwanda, and Ghana, to evaluate and share our experiences from our projects.

Saturday morning kicked off with a challenge to create a 15 minute presentation describing our project in Estonia to share with the other teams. Due to the amount of walking we had completed during our whole project (500,000 steps in total!) we decided to create a walking timeline of everything we had achieved.

Reflecting back on our achievements this year

After lunch, we had various activities to complete, including team debrief sessions, and time to learn about other international opportunities available to us now that we had completed GOLD. We also had time to prepare for the evening entertainment.

For our entertainment, we decided to share a game that we had played whilst with the Estonian Guides. Everyone stand in a circle linking arms, with a cushion in the middle. You then have to pull across the circle as hard as to can to avoid stepping over the cushion, whilst keeping arms linked. Amy B once again saw off the competition to win the game successfully. For the second part of our entertainment we decided to share an article that had been written about us during our time in Estonia. This article had obviously been written in Estonian, and unfortunately Google translate does not necessarily cope well will Estonian-English translation, with some unusual but hilarious results. Have a read for yourself to learn about how “The British cheeses come to Estonia to share the tricks of magic”...

Sporting our EGL merchandise!

On Sunday we were able to learn more about other aspects of Guiding we can get involved in. We were also encouraged to use our training experience on GOLD to become trainers for Girlguiding, or to take on other roles within the organisation. So watch this space for potential future trainers and commissioners (or even future Chief Guides!)

The weekend ended on a high with a video showing our entire GOLD journey from start to finish, and we were all presented with badges to celebrate the year coming to an end. Sacha received a special GOLD Leader badge; well deserved for all her amazing organising this year that has kept us all going.

It was on a slightly sad note we all parted ways, but with the promise to meet up soon, and potentially continue our apparent enthusiasm for walking that even a 25km hike in Estonia could not diminish!

Next years participants will be starting their planning within the next few weeks so keep an eye out for their updates over the coming months, but for now from GOLD Estonia 2017, good bye/ hüvastu!


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