Caroline Brown of 6th Chingford Brownies will teach women in Peru life-essential skills

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Caroline Brown will lead the Girl Guides to Peru on July 31 Caroline Brown will lead the Girl Guides to Peru on July 31

A Brownie leader has been selected to lead a group of Girl guides on a life-changing trip across Peru.

Caroline Brown of the 6th Chingford Brownies will travel with five other Girl Guiding members to the South American country on July 31 as part of a community development project.

During the four-week Guiding Overseas Linked with Development Scheme (GOLD) trip, the women will  travel to Lima and Tacna in the south and Sullana in the north to train Peruvian women in leadership skills, social media and training skills to the project can continue long after their return to the UK.

For more on this story see next week's Waltham Forest Guardian and Chingford Guardian - out newxt Thursday.

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2:00pm Thu 3 Jul 14

sappho_ says...

These seem like genuinely kind and thoughtful girls but really ... what could they hope to impart on a group of grown women probably twice their age or more? We must get away from the idea that we automatically have something to impart on other peoples and regions. I'm sure Peruvian culture enjoys its own female leaders in many shapes and forms. 'Leadership skills' is such a vague and vapid term isn't it?

And as for 'social media skills,' will Peruvian women's lives really be enriched by this? Social media is promoting some good things yes, but also narcissim and social anxiety in our own young people. Who says that social media really fits into Peruvian life? Who are we to say? If it does then its use will be adopted organically, as social media is pretty easy to get the hang of without well-meaning interlopers from oversees telling you what to do...
These seem like genuinely kind and thoughtful girls but really ... what could they hope to impart on a group of grown women probably twice their age or more? We must get away from the idea that we automatically have something to impart on other peoples and regions. I'm sure Peruvian culture enjoys its own female leaders in many shapes and forms. 'Leadership skills' is such a vague and vapid term isn't it? And as for 'social media skills,' will Peruvian women's lives really be enriched by this? Social media is promoting some good things yes, but also narcissim and social anxiety in our own young people. Who says that social media really fits into Peruvian life? Who are we to say? If it does then its use will be adopted organically, as social media is pretty easy to get the hang of without well-meaning interlopers from oversees telling you what to do... sappho_
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