There's nothing like a Guiding trip to enable girls to see the world – and themselves – in a whole new way. Girl Guides of Canada's nationally-sponsored travel experiences offer girls the chance to increase their understanding of global issues, explore new cultures and communities, and develop a sense of belonging to the global sisterhood of Guiding.

2019 NST applications are now closed.

  • Mexico
  • Newfoundland
  • London
  • Peru
  • Mexico
  • Switzerland
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We're so excited you're applying for a Nationally-Sponsored Trip! Read through the Application Instructions and Top Tips to familiarize yourself with the application process before you begin. If you have any questions, check out the FAQs tab or contact the National Travel Team at nationaltravel@girlguides.ca. Once you're ready to apply, click the "Apply!" button below. 

Application Instructions

Step-by-step instructions to walk you through the application process.

Top Tips

…to help you apply to a Nationally-Sponsored Trip!

Applications are now closed.

Opportunities

International

Click on a trip below to see trip details.

Journey through London

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England
July 17 – 28, 2019
** This trip is wheelchair accessible!

This amazing journey will take you to London, England, where you'll explore the city where the Guiding Movement began and meet Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world at Pax Lodge. You'll enjoy several days of sightseeing and exploring London, as well as the opportunity to participate in unique challenges and international activities. This amazing program is designed to enhance your leadership skills while empowering you to make a difference in an international community.

  • 14 girls, 14 – 15 years old on the first day of the trip
  • 2 Guiders

Find out more in the Adventure Overview!

Rome and Paris: A European Escapade

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Italy and France
June 30 – July 11, 2019

Have you ever wanted to travel to two of Europe's most sought-after destinations and eat delicious food while diving into the roles women played throughout French and Italian history? Then this is the trip for you! Spend your days walking through these timeless cities visiting historic sites, indulging in local eats, strolling through beautiful parks and practicing your French in the land where it all began.

  • 14 girls, 14 – 15 years old on the first day of the trip
  • 2 Guiders

Find out more in the Adventure Overview!

Marsna Jamborette

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Netherlands
July 26 – August 11, 2019

An incredible co-ed camping event for Guides and Scouts from around the world. Bring your spirit of adventure as you get acquainted with different cultures and explore the natural beauty of the South of the Netherlands. You can participate in a wide range of activities including hiking, sporting tournaments, campfires, games, creativity programs, city excursions and more!

  • Patrol 1: Girls must be 14-15 years old on the first day of the trip
  • Patrol 2: Girls must be 16-18 years old on the first day of the trip
  • 4 Guiders (2 per patrol)

Find out more in the Adventure Overview!

Venture to the Andes & the Amazon

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Ecuador
July 9 – 22, 2019

This trip has it all!  It's an amazing opportunity to discover the culture and traditions of Ecuador while also helping to make a difference in the communities you visit. Your days are made up of a combination of volunteering, unique cultural experiences and leadership skill building. You'll explore Quito's historic city centre, meet with local girl groups, spot amazing wildlife, hike through the jungle and so much more!

  • 14 girls, 16 18 years old on the first day of the trip
  • 2 Guiders

Find out more in the Adventure Overview!

Swiss Experience

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Switzerland
August 21 – September 2, 2019
** This trip is wheelchair accessible!

Discover the magic of the first WAGGGS World Centre, Our Chalet! On this trip, you'll explore the beautiful Swiss Alps as you challenge yourself through a variety of adventure activities such as hiking, rock climbing, abseiling and zip lining. You'll also get to savour Swiss culture as you tour picturesque towns, visit local shops, and even sample authentic Swiss chocolate. Get ready to develop your leadership skills, discover the natural environment and build international friendships that last a lifetime.

  • 14 girls, 16 18 years old on the first day of the trip
  • 2 Guiders

Find out more in the Adventure Overview!

Domestic

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Old Quebec City and Old Montreal

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Canada
August 12 – 19, 2019

Feel like you're in the heart of France in two of Canada's most famous cities!  Brush up on your French while strolling the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec and Old Montreal while taking in all the cities has to offer – historic landmarks, lush parks, tasty treats and a sugar shack! You'll also have the opportunity to sharpen up your campfire tunes and explore Quebec's natural beauty at one of the local GGC camps.

  • 14 girls, 12 – 13 years old on the first day of the trip
  • 2 Guiders

Find out more in the Adventure Overview!

Discovering Newfoundland and Labrador

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Canada
August 4 – 15, 2019

Experience adventure, view amazing wildlife, camp at a local GGC site and connect with communities while exploring the rugged and coastal landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador. You'll have the chance to experience everything this province has to offer, from hiking and boating through stunning backdrops to learning about its unique history. Join fellow Girl Guides and make friendships that last a lifetime on this journey! 

  • 14 girls, 14 – 15 years old on the first day of the trip
  • 2 Guiders

Find out more in the Adventure Overview!

For French-speaking members, take a look at the trip descriptions in French!

As GGC is committed to the health and safety of its members at all times, GGC reserves the right to cancel and/or reschedule trips, as might be required.

Trip Eligibility

Members are eligible to participate once as a girl and once as a Guider in one domestic and one international Nationally-Sponsored Trip.

To provide opportunities to as many members as possible, girls can only apply to one trip each year.

Girls

  • Eligibility is determined by date of birth (age on trip departure date) and dependent on continued girl membership
  • Swim test may be required depending on trip activities
  • No previous camping or travel experience is required

Guiders

  • Eligibility is dependent on current adult membership status
  • Must have volunteered as a Unit Guider within the last five years and have experience supervising a group of 12-to-18-year-old youth overnight in a Guiding or non-Guiding setting within the last five years
  • For camping trips only – must have a minimum of two nights of camping experience as an adult member
  • Swim test may be required depending on trip activities
  • Must have Standard First Aid
  • For international NSTs, must have previous international travel experience.

Costs & Fundraising

Girls

  • You will receive a financial subsidy of 50% of the total cost from GGC including domestic and international airfare, accommodation, booking and program fees, tours and transfers, and medical and travel insurance.
  • You will be financially responsible to pay for the remaining 50% of the trip cost prior to trip departure.
  • You are encouraged to fundraise up to 40% of the total trip costs (i.e. 80% of the half that you are responsible for).
  • As per the fundraising policy, all girl members are expected to pay 10% of the total trip cost out of pocket (i.e. 20% of the half that you are responsible for), unless there is financial need.
  • Girls selected for NST are strongly encouraged to order cookies for their fundraising. Please contact your local Commissioner or information on fundraising or cookie availability.
  • For example: If the total trip cost is $4,000, you are responsible to pay for $2,000. Of this $2,000, you can fundraise up to $1,600 and are expected to pay $400 out of pocket.

Please Note:

  • You may be eligible for travel grants from your Province, Area, District and Unit, etc. It is recommended that you contact your local Commissioner to inquire about this potential funding.
  • Please refer to GGC's Fundraising Guidelines for information on how to fundraise for trips.
  • You will also be responsible for incidental costs over and above the listed trip expenses, such as passport fees, travel to and from your local airport, personal spending money, tips, select meals, etc. Incidental costs cannot be covered through fundraising.
  • If you need to cancel for any reason other than illness or a family emergency, you will be responsible for covering any fees/charges incurred by GGC.

If you need to cancel for any reason other than illness or a family emergency, you will be responsible for covering any fees/charges incurred by GGC. GGC reserves the right to cancel and/or reschedule trips as required. Also note that participation in this event by GGC members is dependent on acceptable health and safety conditions in the country at the time of the event. If a trip is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, GGC will not accept responsibility for expenses incurred in preparation for this event.

Guiders

  • As a Guider, you will receive 100% of the total cost of the trip through the Jean Youngson Memorial Bequest to the Canadian World Friendship Fund (CWFF). This subsidy includes domestic and international airfare, accommodation, booking and program fees, tours and transfers and medical and travel insurance.
  • You will be responsible for incidental costs over and above the listed trip expenses, such as passport fees, travel to and from your local airport, personal spending money, select meals, etc.
  • Fundraising by adult members is not permitted as per GGC's fundraising policy.

If you need to cancel for any reason other than illness or a family emergency, you will be responsible for covering any fees/charges incurred by GGC. GGC reserves the right to cancel and/or reschedule trips as required. Also note that participation in this event by GGC members is dependent on acceptable health and safety conditions in the country at the time of the event. If a trip is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, GGC will not accept responsibility for expenses incurred in preparation for this event.

How long does it take to complete an application?

The application generally takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete. As you make plans to complete and submit the application, keep in mind that you'll need to consider the additional time it takes to obtain your recommendation. You'll also want to make sure you leave time to come back to your application so you can review everything before you submit it.  

What makes for a strong application?

The strongest application responses are the ones that include specific examples. Examples give the reader more information about who you are and help to illustrate the point you're trying to make. It's one thing to say you're an ideal candidate for a trip, but it's another to demonstrate through your past experiences and skills what makes you an ideal fit.

What is involved in the application process?

To learn about the various parts of the application and how to apply, read the Application Instructions. For additional support see the Application Top Tips. If you still have questions about the application, contact nationaltravel@girlguides.ca for support.

What is SurveyMonkey Apply?

SurveyMonkey Apply is an online application system that GGC uses to manage travel applications. The platform is used to submit applications, send messages to applicants and review and score application submissions.

How do I set up an account with SurveyMonkey Apply?

If you have applied for a Nationally-Sponsored Trip, or been a reviewer for a Nationally-Sponsored Trip in the past, then you should already have an account and should use the SAME login/account information to log into SurveyMonkey Apply. If you forgot your password, jump to the next question.

To create a new account, visit SurveyMonkey Apply and click the green 'Register' button in the top right-hand corner of the page. From there, you'll be asked to fill in some basic information including your name, email address and password. Please note: when entering your name, make sure you use your own name to create your account so that the account information matches the application information.

Once you have an account, you can log into the website at any time by clicking the SurveyMonkey Apply Girl Guides Travel Program link - https://ggtravel-apply.smapply.io/ - and logging in. The "Log In" button will be in the top right-hand corner of the page.

What should I do if I've forgotten my password?

If you've forgotten your password, click 'Forgot your password?' on the SurveyMonkey Apply login landing page. You'll be brought to another page that asks you to enter your email address. Check your email for a password recovery message from SurveyMonkey Apply, follow the link on the message and then enter a new password for your account.

What should I do if my recommender says they have not received an email request from SurveyMonkey Apply?

First, check to make sure the email address you entered for your recommender is correct. If you've accidentally entered the wrong email address, simply withdraw the request and add the recommender again with the correct information. If the email address you entered is correct, you can try resending the request. You can also have your recommender check their spam/junk folder in case the request message ended up there. If they still do not receive the email, you can contact support@smapply.io for technical support.

How often should I follow up with my recommender?

Make sure to let your recommender know that you have submitted their name and that they should expect an email from SurveyMonkey Apply. Give them a deadline as to when you would like them to submit their recommendation. After that, it's up to you how often you want to follow up with them. We suggest selecting and contacting your recommender as soon as you start your application. This gives your recommender a longer period of time to respond.

What should I do if I'm concerned that my recommender will not get their recommendation in on time?

If you're concerned that your recommender may not submit their form on time you can withdraw the current recommendation and submit a request to a different recommender. We suggest selecting and contacting your recommender as soon as you start your application. This gives your recommender a longer period of time to respond.

What should I do if I'm having a technical problem while filling out the online application?

If you're having a technical problem, you can contact SurveyMonkey Apply directly by emailing support@smapply.io.

What should I do if I have questions surrounding the application content or requirements?

If you have any questions surrounding the application content or requirements, you can contact the National Travel Team at nationaltravel@girlguides.ca.

What happens after I submit my application?

Once applications are submitted, they are reviewed by the Nationally-Sponsored Trip Review Team and/or the National Travel Team. Girl applications that move on from this initial review will then be entered into a randomized selection process. Guider candidates are also interviewed by the National Travel Team. Selected Guiders are then invited to accept their role as Responsible Trip Guiders. Once the Guiders have confirmed, girl candidates are notified and asked to confirm their spot on the trip.

When are participant selections announced?

Selected participants are announced in December.

What is a Girl Alternate or a Guider Alternate?

An alternate is someone who fills in on a trip if a selected participant cannot participate. For each trip, two Girl Alternates and two Guider Alternates are selected and expected to participate in all trip preparations including obtaining a passport, immunizations, visa and any other requirements. They are also expected to communicate with the rest of the group and participate in all meetings related to the trip so that they are well prepared in case a participant spot opens.

If selected for a trip, can I extend my stay or tack on another trip?

You cannot extend your stay or tack on another trip. All participants must travel to and from the departure city together. 

What is a Nationally-Sponsored Trips (NST) Ambassador?

If you're a girl member selected for a Nationally-Sponsored Trip, you'll become an NST Ambassador when you return from your trip! As an NST Ambassador you'll share your trip experience with others and help support the Nationally-Sponsored Trips program in fun and exciting ways. You'll give a presentation about your trip to your Guiding Unit and inspire others through your stories, photos and insights. You'll also get to choose from a variety of initiatives like hosting a Nationally-Sponsored Trips information night, writing a blog post about your trip for GGC's blog, or supporting other groups that have been selected to go on a trip for the following year.

What do I need to pack and/or wear for my Nationally-Sponsored Trip?

Although every trip will have a different kit list depending on where you are travelling to, here is a Sample Kit List to get you started. This is a guide to be used at your discretion. It has everything from the travel uniform and what to pack in your carry-on to optional items and what not to pack at all.

What level of activity is required for a Nationally-Sponsored Trip?

All Nationally-Sponsored Trips include some level of activity, ranging from city walking tours to white water rafting. The designated activity level (listed on the Adventure Overview) for each trip is based on activities that are already booked and included in the itinerary. Keep in mind that some itineraries can be adapted and the National Travel Team will do their best to make accommodations when requested – just let us know in your application! We highly encourage you to apply for the trip that best suits your desired level of physical activity.

  • Relaxed – In your trip there will be some light physical activity, such as light walking or easy climbs (no more challenging than a few flights of stairs). It'll be typically flat terrain, dirt paths, or cobblestone streets with little-to-no elevation change.
  • Recreational – In your trip there will be some moderate physical activity, such as some light hiking, biking, horseback riding or canoeing in addition to walking. You may encounter some hilly terrain, steep ascents/descents, or uneven trails.
  • Active – In your trip there will be some vigorous physical activity, such as more challenging hiking, biking, rafting, canoeing, or kayaking in addition to walking. You may encounter some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities.

Why do I need international travel experience to be a Guider on an international NST?

Safety of girl members is our number one priority. To ensure that girls are safe on our international trips, we require that Guiders have experience with adjusting to a different culture, climate, jet lag, handling potential communications barriers and the unexpected incidents that often occur. Having Guiders without international travel experience in these roles introduces additional risk that we think could jeopardize safety. We recognize that this excludes some Guiders and while we regret that, we are trying to act in the best interest of the girls. Opportunities are available for Guiders without international experience to apply for domestic NSTs. (Please note: Linked to the challenges listed above, previous travel experience to the USA or to all-inclusive resorts does not meet the international travel experience requirement.)

Isn't it enough if one Guider on the trip has international experience? Why would both need it?

In the event that there is a crisis and one of the Guiders is not available to be with the group (i.e. one of the Guiders is at the hospital with a girl, and the alternate has not yet arrived), we want to make sure the second Guider is equally experienced.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to the National Travel Team at nationaltravel@girlguides.ca for additional support.