American adventure for Sandy girlguiding volunteer

Tirma Garcia Suarez, from Sandy, with guides on trip to US
Tirma Garcia Suarez, from Sandy, with guides on trip to US

A Girlguiding volunteer from Sandy has returned from an unforgettable adventure in the USA.

Tirma Garcia-Suarez, 34, a leader with 1st Sandy Guides, assisted 12 girls from across the region on the once-in-a-lifetime trip with an action-packed schedule of activities.

She got the chance to visit the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and attend an international camp with Girl Scouts from the USA.

She also tasted adventure during a white water rafting trip along the American River.

Tirma said: “This was my first time taking girls on an international trip, and it was so satisfying to help them experience all these amazing opportunities.

“It was a completely packed programme, and I enjoyed it just as much as the girls did! White water rafting was a personal highlight for me – the scenery was breathtaking.”

The trip, from July 25 until August 9, took was part of Girlguiding Anglia’s International Opportunities programme (INTOPS) which offers international adventures to around 50 young women aged 14 to 25 each year.

Every year, Girlguiding sends hundreds of young women on international trips across the globe – empowering them to take part in vital community development work, explore new cultures and develop their sense of adventure.

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 559,996 members.

Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, the organisation is active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.

A spokeswoman said: “We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun.”

Girlguiding runs Rainbows girls aged for 5–7 years, Brownies for 7–10 years, Guides for 10–14 years and The Senior Section for 14–25 years.

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