Kent Weald Guides visit Mexico
Year 12 student Emily Edwards sent us this report:
“In August this year, I was lucky enough to participate in the Girl Guiding Kent Weald trip to Mexico. The purpose of the trip was to celebrate the senior section’s centenary and to take part in a programme at the Girl Guiding World Centre in Mexico. In total, there were 18 members of Guides and Senior Section, including two girls from Invicta and five leaders, Invicta's Mrs Campbell-Smith being one of them.
The trip lasted for 12 days and was crammed full of lots of exciting activities that gave us a taste of the Mexican culture. The first three days were spent exploring Mexico City and its surrounding areas, where the last eight days were spent in Cuernavaca at Our Cabana.
For me, one of the most memorable adventures of the trip was when we climbed the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan, the view from the top was incredible! We also went for a colourful ride on the well-known floating gardens in Xochimilco.
For the majority of our trip we stayed at the Girl Guiding World Centre in Mexico, Our Cabana, which is located in Cuernavaca in Morelos. At the cabana, we participated in the world friendship programme which involved us getting to know guides from all over the world, including Mexico, Malawi and Argentina. We ventured outside of the cabana a few times, the most notable excursion being to the famous Mexican silver town of Taxco. Not only was there masses of beautiful silver jewellery on offer but the views of the town were breath-taking.
During our stay at Our Cabana, we also gave back to the local Mexican community by volunteering with the state orphanage. This involved us running activities for the orphans, including origami and friendship bracelet making, and then having the chance to play with them. It was definitely a heart-warming and eye-widening situation being able to put smiles on less fortunate children's faces.
All in all, the trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity that allowed 18 young girls to experience a different country in a safe and exciting way and the memories that we made in Mexico will stay with us for the rest of our lives.”
Thank you Emily for your fantastic report. We hope your experiences will inspire other students to join the Girl Guide movement.