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Lesotho Girl Guides enjoy Scottish visit

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Youngsters from the African nation spent nine days seeing the best the country has to offer.

Girl Guides from Lesotho have toured Scotland as part of an ongoing cultural exchange programme.

Three leaders and 15 guides from the Lesotho Girl Guide Association (LGGA) took part in a range of activities during the nine-day visit, including camping, ceilidh dancing and sightseeing in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

During their stay they were hosted by Girlguiding groups in East Lothian, Glasgow. Ayrshire North and Edinburgh.

The exchange is part of a five-year partnership launched in 2017 which aims to develop and deliver programmes and training resources, and to provide international community action opportunities for young members from both organisations.

Rosy Burgess, Girlguiding Scotland's international community action adviser, said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome LGGA members to Scotland and return the hospitality they have shown our members over the last three years.

“Our partnership is a brilliant way to showcase the strength and importance of international guiding, and to share and learn from our global guiding sisters. We did so much in the time they were here, and even the Scottish summer didn't get in our way!”

Following the visit, guides from across Scotland will fly out to Lesotho for two weeks in August, where they will take part in cultural activities and deliver training programmes.

On previous exchanges members of Girlguiding Scotland have worked alongside members of LGGA to create workshops to girls and young women on body image, period poverty, sustainable development goals, and leadership skills.

Rachel, 16 said: "I am extremely excited to travel to Lesotho, it’s an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait to meet new people, explore a new country and find out about Lesotho?s culture."

Pamela Gray, trip leader, added: “The prospect of travelling to Lesotho to meet girl guiding members is a notion that many would not think possible, but the effort undertaken by 10 young women in their fundraising and planning of the trip has been a joy to watch.

“The girls have gained new skills and learnt about new cultures in preparation of this once-in-a-lifetime trip and they have Girlguiding Scotland to thank for this amazing opportunity.”