If you have seen me in 2016, you will probably already know that I travelled to Maldives this Summer with Girguiding on a GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) project. I travelled with 5 other Guiding members from across the UK – we were all selected from a weekend camp in 2015, so only met each other 3 times before travelling together!
The programme focused on improving the leadership skills of the leaders & guides in Maldives, whilst also working to help improve the young leader programme and the training team structure. I was on project for 3 weeks, and visited many islands, the three we trained on were: Male (Mah-ley), Fuvahmulah (For-moo-lah) and Naifaru (Ner-fe-roo).
Over the three weeks we trained over 1,400 participants in sessions ranging from 10 to 300 participants! Activities we ran had been thought up by the team on our third briefing weekend together, but quickly had to be re-worked to fit the age range or size of group we were training that day. Some of the favourite activities included making paper aeroplanes while blindfolded, playing ‘down in the jungle’ and singing ‘get loose’.
After the three weeks, the team took a few days of relaxation on a nearby resort island (Angsana in North Male Atoll) which was amazing. Although, the glowing plankton on the beach at Fuvahmulah, sunset at Naifaru, many mopeds of Male, drinking fresh coconuts or snorkelling on Villingili easily rival it for highlight of the trip.
I met some amazing ladies from the Maldivian Girl Guide Association (MGGA) whilst away and learnt lots from them. My work with Hemingway Bailey and Girlguiding really compliments each other and I hope this experience will ensure I continue to improve in confidence, competence and enthusiasm!
If you ever want to waste half an hour, just ask me all about the trip and I will happily chew your ear off about it!
Evie is an Apprentice Ambassador and goes into schools and advising employers on the benefits of apprenticeships. In 2016 she hosted a large employers Apprentice Event for the National Apprenticeship Service at York Racecourse.