Volunteer Role Description
COUNTRY/REGION INTERNATIONAL ADVISER
Would you like to support volunteers in your community to get the most out of the opportunities at
Girlguiding and everything it has to offer? Becoming a Girlguiding Country/Region International Adviser
could be for you!
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Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and
support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young
women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life
skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.
Our incredible volunteers contribute more than ten million hours to guiding every year. Some give
us a couple of hours here and there – helping out with driving for trips and holidays, fundraising and
events planning, or even doing the annual accounts for local groups. Others give their time as Leaders
or Assistant Leaders for units, providing girls and young women with a space where they can be
themselves. Whatever your skills and interests, and no matter how much time you have to spare,
one of our volunteering roles is bound to suit you.
‘As well as giving the girls amazing opportunities, I feel I’ve also
personally beneted from volunteering. It’s really rewarding for me
and I feel I’ve achieved something great.’
Lisa, Girlguiding volunteer
Caring
Challenging
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INTERNATIONAL ADVISER
Level: Country/Region
Who can do this role?
International Advisers can be any adult over 18 years old. They should already be, or be willing to
become, a member of Girlguiding.
Do I need a qualication?
As Country/Region International Adviser, you should hold the Travelling Abroad module of the Girlguiding
Going Away with Scheme and therefore have experience of taking girls and young women abroad.
What is the purpose of this role?
An Adviser is a specialist in a particular eld of the guiding programme. An Adviser will advise, motivate
and communicate information about the specialism to the Division, County or Country/Region Team and
other guiding members, giving more girls and volunteers ways to access opportunities for development,
challenge and adventure.
Advisers are often responsible for helping to create opportunities for events and take an active part in
the wider team. As an Adviser, you will attend meetings and have regular contact with other Advisers,
teams at other levels and Leaders.
Country/Region International Advisers play a key role in leading and promoting activities in their
Country/Region which open the eyes of members to our unique worldwide organisation. Working
with other International Advisers at different levels, they encourage Leaders to offer international
opportunities to young members and provide support. The consultation on Girlguiding’s strategy
for 2015–2020 revealed that members of all ages would like to travel abroad with guiding, and
International Advisers are essential in making that offer possible.
What will I do in the role?
The list below outlines the general responsibilities of an Adviser, but you will be working within a
wider team and responsibilities may vary with the different Adviser specialisms. The Country/Region
International Adviser will usually head a team of County International Advisers and encourage them to
share some parts of the role as appropriate.
General
zz Provide ongoing support to the Country/Region, County or Division by giving advice and answering
specic queries, often by email.
zz Demonstrate a working knowledge of and enthusiasm for your specialism.
zz Become an expert in your specialism, use your knowledge to solve problems and promote the
advantages of your area of the guiding programme.
zz Support Leaders to provide a safe girl-only space where girls and young women can discover their
full potential through all areas of the programme.
zz Attend level-specic meetings, conference calls and events as appropriate.
zz Administer any applicable training or qualications in your area of responsibility.
zz Keep up to date with new resources and programme initiatives, and use and cascade information
as appropriate, communicating to all relevant stakeholders.
zz Take an active role in relevant committees within the Country/Region as required.
zz Set a budget for international activities organised at Country/Region level and manage this.
(Note: in some Countries/Regions this may be the responsibility of a staff member.)
zz Set a calendar of international activities for the Country/Region.
zz Source suitable projects and/or trips for Country/Region opportunities.
zz Offer a range of international guiding residential experiences that broaden the horizons of members
and offer an appropriate level of challenge.
zz Encourage Leaders to offer inclusive and accessible activities, working within the guiding
programme, which open the eyes of members of all sections to World Guiding.
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zz Coordinate, along with the Country/Region Trainer Coordinator, delivery of the Travelling Abroad
Training Programme, ensuring that trainings are available to Leaders on a regular basis and
promoting these as opportunities to gain the skills and condence to take girls overseas.
zz Share information as needed with Girlguiding’s national-level International Team on Country/Region
trips and international camps.
zz Assist the Leaders of Country/Region trips with problem solving, engaging with Assistant Leaders,
parents and participants as required.
zz Collate statistics on members from the Country/Region who travel abroad, and report these to
Girlguiding at national level. Collate reports from international travellers for use in promoting
international opportunities, including via newsletters.
zz Coordinate arrangements for any visits from other WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl
Scouts) members to the Country/Region.
zz Coordinate the delivery of the ICE (International Community Experience) programme within the
Country/Region, if it is part of their international offer.
Being part of your local guiding area
zz Run an annual event to recruit Leaders and girls for international trips organised at Country/Region
level, ensuring it is promoted widely to eligible members and is accessible to any member who
would wish to take part.
zz Be responsible for forming the teams of Leaders and girls taking part in Country/Region international
trips, and for running brieng and debrieng events.
zz Support County International Advisers, meeting them regularly to share best practice.
zz Ensure there is support available to girls and Leaders from the Country/Region taking part in
international trips in all aspects of their preparations, including fundraising.
zz Support the Country/Region ICE leadership team where relevant.
zz Maintain clear communications with County Commissioners and County International Advisers,
supporting them with queries about Residential Event Notication forms and other
international matters.
zz Promote local, national and international opportunities available within guiding as well as externally,
and encourage young members to take part.
zz Promote GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) and the ‘Going for GOLD’ selection
event throughout the Country or Region.
zz Support Country/Region participants in GOLD projects.
zz Work with the Deputy GOLD Coordinator to utilise the skills and experience of members who have
completed GOLD projects in suitable ways to enable the promotion of international opportunities
and also to further develop those members.
Being part of Girlguiding
zz Be committed to undertaking relevant training, or equivalent.
zz Learn about the structure of Girlguiding and how your responsibilities and position t within it.
zz Be willing to learn about Girlguiding’s national and local strategic aims and how these are being
delivered locally.
zz Learn about Girlguiding’s policies and Code of Conduct.
zz Be an ambassador for the values of Girlguiding.
zz Actively use the national-level Yahoo Group for Country/Region International Advisers.
zz Have a working understanding of fundraising approaches and knowledge of national and
Country/Region grants that are available to support members.
Promoting Girlguiding
zz Represent the Division, County or Country/Region at events where possible.
zz Promote a positive image of Girlguiding at public events.
zz Familiarise yourself with Girlguiding’s key messages and promote these in your
external communications.
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What will Girlguiding do for me?
zz Provide a thorough and appropriate induction to the role and organisation.
zz Help to develop skills and abilities to perform the role by providing relevant training opportunities
(including e-learning where possible).
zz Provide guidance via The Guiding Manual.
zz Provide support and development from fellow volunteers, including a local Commissioner.
zz Host meetings and events to share information at a local level.
zz Reimburse agreed expenses (agreed locally and may differ around the UK).
zz Provide references.
zz Provide a clear complaints procedure and support to resolve problems or disagreements.
Am I right for the role?
Girlguiding Advisers provide essential support to help members get the most out of the Girlguiding
programme and promote our activities. While we can offer you training and support we would expect
you to possess the personal qualities outlined below.
Personal qualities
zz An open and approachable manner.
zz Reliable and trustworthy.
zz Creative and enthusiastic.
zz A commitment to ongoing personal development.
Skills and abilities
While these skills and abilities are not essential when starting, they should be developed as part of
the role.
zz Ability to lead, and work as part of, a team.
zz Excellent communication skills.
zz Desire to motivate and inspire girls and young women from a broad range of backgrounds.
zz Ability to motivate and inspire adult volunteers.
Girlguiding welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. We are exible,
and volunteering can be arranged to t around a busy lifestyle.
Please note this is a volunteer role; this role description does not form part of any contract
of employment.
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