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 qualication?
You don’t need a specic qualication to become an Adviser and you will be provided with training on a
particular subject depending on your specialism.
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.
County Advisers play a key role in promoting activities in their County 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. A County International
Adviser would not be expected to carry out all the duties personally, but would work with other
volunteer teams to share parts of the role.
zz Provide ongoing support to the Country/Region, County or Division by giving advice and answering
specic 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-specic meetings, conference calls and events as appropriate.
zz Administer any applicable training or qualications 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 County as required.
zz Set a budget for international activities organised at County level and manage this.
zz Set a calendar of international activities for the County.
zz Offer a range of international guiding activities that broaden the horizons of members and offer an
appropriate level of challenge.
zz Gather and promote ideas to support those fundraising for international trips.
zz Collate statistics on members from the County who are travelling abroad, and report these to the
zz Collate reports from international travellers for use in promoting international opportunities.
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County International Adviser