Volunteer Role Description
COUNTY 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 County 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
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INTERNATIONAL ADVISER
Level: County
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?
You don’t need a specic qualication 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
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 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
Country/Region.
zz Collate reports from international travellers for use in promoting international opportunities.
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Being part of your local guiding area
zz Promote GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) and the ‘Go for GOLD’ selection event
throughout the County.
zz Support local participants in GOLD projects.
zz Encourage girls to take part in County international opportunities events.
zz Be responsible for forming the teams of Leaders and girls taking part in County international trips,
and for running brieng and debrieng events.
zz Promote local, national and international opportunities available within guiding as well as externally,
and encourage young members to take part.
zz Support Leaders completing the Travelling Abroad Module of the Going Away With Scheme.
zz Organise Travelling Abroad training sessions and/or promote those being offered at Country/Region
level. Support girls and Leaders who are selected for trips (these could be County or Country/Region
trips) in all aspects including fundraising.
zz Maintain a good relationship with local units as appropriate.
zz Maintain clear communications with local Commissioners and support them with the approval process
for Residential Event Notication forms and other international matters.
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.
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.
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.
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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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