Katie Collins signed up to help out with GirlGuiding eight years ago and hasn’t looked back.
“I had fantastic and inspirational women leaders when I was a Guide and I wanted to give something back,” she says.
Katie has enjoyed watching the girls in her unit succeed and grow, but she says the benefits of volunteering were an unexpected surprise.
“I’ve developed my own skills managing groups, communicating with parents and managing personality – these were totally unexpected. I’ve also made friendships around the world.
“I’ve even learned to back a trailer – and how to pack a whole weekends worth of stuff for 30 people into the boot of a Toyota Echo.”
Katie says she has as much fun organising activities as the girls do participating.
“It is easy for us to articulate the opportunities Guiding gives to girls and what skills they can develop. I think we often forget that volunteers get a huge amount out of it as well! GirlGuiding provides you all the training you need to succeed in your role, and often these skills are transferable to your real life and paid employment.”
GirlGuiding NZ is a strong and vibrant movement to be part of, offering a range of experiential opportunities for girls and young women, including leadership programmes and advocacy opportunities on issues that affect girls and young women.
If you’d like to find out more, see girlguidingnz.org.nz/join-us/volunteers/ or get in touch with the team on 0800 22 22 92
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