Meet the team!

Keep checking here to find out more about the 2018 Team as we get ready to visit Mexico in July!

First up – Team Leader Zoë!

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Hi, I’m Zoë, the team leader for GOLD Mexico 2018! I’m super excited to be part of GOLD again after having an incredible time as part of the first project in Aruba in 2016. I can’t wait to meet the girls and leaders in Mexico, and am particularly excited to work with such a wide age range, and to eat real Mexican food!

I’ve been a member of Girlguiding all my life, and although I have my adult leadership qualification with Rainbows, I’m currently an Assistant Leader at a Guide unit. At university I loved being a Rainbow leader, so I’m still trying to get used to working with the older girls!

I love animals, and I’ve recently finished a research Masters in Wildlife Behaviour and Conservation, and spent time in Cambodia conducting research on deer and their habitat. I’ve just moved home to Chesterfield in Derbyshire after living in Chester for four years whilst at uni, and would love a job in conservation (or something to do with animals!).

Rachel, our written documenter!

Hola! I am Rachel and I will be stepping in last minute to fill the role of written documenter for the GOLD Mexico 2018 team.

I have been a member of Girlguiding since the age of five as a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger. I moved to Shropshire and became a guide leader just over two years ago. I love volunteering with Girlguiding, it is amazing how many opportunities for girls and women Girlguiding offers. As a Guide I travelled to the Czech Republic, France and Austria with my unit and these trips are some of my favourite Girlguiding memories. Last year I travelled to the Maldives with GOLD team Maldives 2017 and found the project very rewarding. I am looking forward to once again travelling with Girlguiding, learning about and working with Guias de Mexico.

I currently work as process engineer for an aluminium company, as part of my job I visit local schools promoting the studying of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects especially for girls. Outside of work I love active pursuits, craft and I love to travel.

I am excited to represent Girlguiding UK and work with Guias de Mexico. I look forward to spending more time with the GOLD Mexico 2018 team and can’t wait to get out to country to start our project! Hasta luego, Rachel

Emma, our Photo and Video Co-ordinator!

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I’m Emma and I’m the Photo and Video Co-ordinator for GOLD Mexico 2018!

I currently live just outside of Glasgow, and go to university in Stirling where I am finishing the third year of my degree to become a Primary Teacher.

I’m so excited for our project this July – only 11 weeks to go! Ever since my first international as a guide to Switzerland I’ve loved going away with Guiding, and this time I get to contribute to something amazing as well.

I’ve been in Guiding all my life and have been through all the sections, and am still actively involved in The Senior Section. When I turned 18 I started working on my Leadership qualification and now work with two Brownie units every week, one at home and one near my university. I am a Peer Educator and love delivering sessions to lots of girls across the country on different topics. I am also working on my Queen’s Guide Award and hope to have it finished within a year!

Outside of Guiding and uni (and sometimes inside too), I love all things adventure! Whether that’s skiing in Austria or rock climbing on the coast of Millport!

Annabel, our First Aider!

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Hello, my name is Annabel, and I am the first aider for team Mexico GOLD 2018!

I have been in guiding from Rainbows through all the sections, and following completion of my leadership qualification 5 years ago when I was 18, I am now a leader for a Guide unit in my home town Bourne in Lincolnshire South!

I have been fortunate enough to have travelled abroad with Girl Guiding before to Switzerland and Belarus. However, GOLD presents a unique experience and opportunity to travel abroad with guiding but also to actually make a difference, and leave a lasting impact on girls and leaders in guiding around the world, and in our case Guias de Mexico!

Whilst on project, I am hoping to develop my own confidence in delivering sessions and activities to larger groups and new people, something I can also bring home to our girls here in the UK. This is also a fantastic opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and push myself to do and try new things and experiences.
Steph, our resource co-ordinator!

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I’m Steph and I am the training and resource co-ordinator for Mexico GOLD 2018.

I was a Brownie, a Guide and then a young leader for a short while before taking a little break from Guiding. I came back as a leader 3 years ago now and it is the best decision I ever made!

I have been a leader in Elsenham, Essex, and now back at the unit I was once a Guide at 19 years ago in Derbyshire. I recently renewed my promise with the Unit Leader who did my 1st promise all that time ago!

I have been fortunate enough to have an international trip as a young leader to Our Chalet in Switzerland, and last year took my Guides to Pax Lodge in London. I love to travel and explore new cultures, and Guiding gives me a great opportunity to do so. It also gives me the chance to share my own culture with other like minded girls and women throughout the world.

I am most looking forward to working with girls of different age groups on GOLD, and helping to develop my own skills as a leader, when working with the younger ones in particular. I cannot wait to meet the Guias de Mexico team, and share my skills and knowledge, as well as learn from them.
Kayleigh, our Treasurer!

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Hey I’m Kayleigh and I’m the treasurer for GOLD Mexico this year.

I have been involved in guiding my whole life and am now an active part of the senior section in Leicestershire. I am a peer educator and love to deliver sessions to girls across my county.

Over the past few years I have been completing my Duke of Edinburgh awards which I have really enjoyed and I’m now in the final stages of completing my Gold.

Outside of guiding I am studying my A-levels and hope to continue my studies into theatre design when I go to university next year. I love anything active so in my spare time you’ll find me playing sports at any opportunity.

The thing I am most looking forward to in Mexico is experiencing a culture much different from my own and learning about how girl guiding takes place in other countries. I also want to try real Mexican fajitas!