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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.
A: Contact Global Girl Scouting at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: Contact WAGGGS at email@example.com.
A: Two years is the minimum term for a twinning partnership. We encourage each partner to build robust, long-term partnerships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.