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Twinning FAQ


Q: Which WAGGGS member organizations can participate in twinning projects?

A: Girl Scouts of the USA is a member organization of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which convenes 145 national member organizations from around the world. Every member can participate. Here's a list of WAGGGS member organizations: www.wagggs.org/en/world.

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Q: How can our council launch a twinning partnership with a WAGGGS member organization?

A: Contact Global Girl Scouting at globalgirlscouting@girlscouts.org.

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Q: How can our WAGGGS member organization launch a twinning partnership with a Girl Scouts of the USA council or WAGGGS member organization?

A: Contact WAGGGS at wagggs@wagggsworld.org.

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Q: How long does a twinning partnership last?

A: Two years is the minimum term for a twinning partnership. We encourage each partner to build robust, long-term partnerships.

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Q: How can I get involved in a twining project?

A: First, find out if your council or WAGGGS member organization has a twinning partnership. If it doesn't, then speak to your council or member organization leadership about establishing a twinning initiative. For more information, please read the Project Development Guide in the "tips" section of the Web site.

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Q: What do girls do in twinning?

A: Girls connect with girls in another country. They can communicate via the Internet, plan trips and exchanges, and/or collaborate on community action projects.

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Q: What is a council or WAGGGS member organization's role?

A: Council and member organization commitment to a twinning partnership is essential, and an official agreement should be established. For the success of a project, it's important that support come from each organization's leadership team, staff, volunteers, and girls. Even if volunteers are responsible for day-to-day project management, the organization's leadership should always be informed.

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Q: Can a troop or group start up a twinning project of its own?

A: Twinning partnerships are created through an agreement between a council and a WAGGGS member organization. Troops and groups are encouraged to connect and collaborate with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world, which may sow the seeds for a twinning partnership in the future between the council and the member organization in another country.

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Q: What if I already know someone in another Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting organization and we want to establish a relationship?

A: Girls are encouraged to connect and collaborate with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. Be a champion of global connection and positive change! Talk to your council or member organization about establishing a twinning partnership.

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Q: Are there any funds to support these initiatives?

A: Presently, neither GSUSA nor WAGGGS have funds to support twinning initiatives. Girl Scout councils and WAGGGS member organizations are encouraged to pursue funding to grow and sustain their twinning partnerships.

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Q: What other resources exist to support twinning?

A: The resources on the twinning Web site have been developed to assist councils and WAGGGS member organizations in launching twinning partnerships. Most of the resources originate at the council and member organization level, including staff and volunteers' time, program expertise, membership recruitment, frequent communication, and commitment to the partnership.

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Q: How can twinning increase membership?

A: Twinning offers heightened membership potential by engaging girls and volunteers in global projects and connecting them to a worldwide movement of 10 million girls around the world.

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