A Girlguiding member from Chester has returned from the trip of a lifetime to Cambodia where she joined a team of young women taking action for the local community.
Rebecca Smith, 29, joined five Girlguiding members to participate in the Guiding Overseas Linked with Development scheme – otherwise known as GOLD - this summer.
Rebecca, who is a Year 5 teacher at Frodsham Manor House Primary School, spent three weeks working with young Cambodian guiding leaders in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kampong Speu and Kampot, delivering training on leadership, confidence and empowerment of women through guiding.
Rebecca and her team also supported young leaders to teach English independently to groups of 60 children.
Founded in 1991, GOLD offers young women between the ages of 18 and 30 the chance to develop their potential, improve their skills and make a long-lasting positive difference in communities as far afield as Honduras, Madagascar, Russia, South Africa and Thailand.
Rebecca, leader of the 1st Dodleston Guides, raised funds for the trip through promise auctions, bag packing, raffles and a sponsored indoor skydive.
She said: “My highlight was seeing the young leaders lead games and songs independently after having it modelled by our team – they were able to put into place the work we had done on confidence and assertiveness and were able to teach the children key vocabulary.
“As a primary teacher, the opportunity to share my skills in the global community was something I really enjoyed.”
For more information on GOLD and Girlguiding, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.