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 travel applications open on July 18, 2018

  • Mexico
  • Newfoundland
  • London
  • Peru
  • Mexico
  • Switzerland
  • Switzerland

Travel Opportunities

International

Click on a trip below to see trip details.

Journey through London

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England
Date TBC - July or August 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 Girls 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.

  • Girl and Guider opportunities available!
  • Girls must be 14 15 years old on the first day of the trip

Rome and Paris: A European Escapade

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Italy and France
Date TBC - July or August 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.

  • Girl and Guider opportunities available!
  • Girls must be 14 – 15 years old on the first day of the trip

Marsna Jamborette

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Netherlands
Date TBC - July or August 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!

  • Girl and Guider opportunities available!
  • 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

Venture to the Andes & the Amazon

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Ecuador
Date TBC - July or August 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!

  • Girl and Guider opportunities available!
  • Girls must be 16 18 years old on the first day of the trip

Swiss Experience

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Switzerland
Date TBC - July or August 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.

  • Girl and Guider opportunities available!
  • Girls must be 16 18 years old on the first day of the trip

Domestic

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Old Quebec City & Old Montreal

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Quebec, Canada
Date TBC - July or August 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.

  • Girl and Guider opportunities available!
  • Girls must be 12 13 years old on the first day of the trip

Discovering Newfoundland and Labrador

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Newfoundland, Canada
Date TBC - July or August 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! 

  • Girl and Guider opportunities available!
  • Girls must be 14 15 years old on the first day of the trip

Keep an eye out for more trip information when 2019 NST applications open on July 18.

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

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.

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, tips, select meals, etc.
  • 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.
  • Fundraising by adult members is not permitted as per GGC’s fundraising policy.

The National Travel Team works carefully with national staff to help select trip participants, serve as travel ambassadors, and provide general support to the travel program.

Calling all Ranger-aged members! Are you an innovative and dynamic decision maker who enjoys engaging with small teams of individuals to accomplish meaningful work? We’re looking for YOU to join the National Travel Team! You’ll be able to voice your thoughts and recommendations on the travel application process and communication strategies. You’ll also have unique opportunities such as conducting interviews and briefing calls.

Applications are now open for girls registered in Rangers (including third-year Pathfinders) for the upcoming Guiding year.

Click here for more information and how to apply!

**This is a volunteer position application – NOT a trip participant application. If you want to apply for a Nationally Sponsored Trip, more information will be posted once applications open on July 18.

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 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. 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.

More information will become available when the application launches on July 18. In the meantime, if you have any other questions, please reach out to the National Travel Team at nationaltravel@girlguides.ca for additional support.