ning global awareness Begin exploring the world with adventures in your own backyard. Girls Take Action on Poverty, Environment, Gender “We’re proud to say that we worked together to plan until we couldn’t plan anymore,” said Erin Chant, Girl Scout Ambassador and member of the Girls’ World Forum Girl Planning Team. “We discussed, sometimes we argued, and we worked on it until even the smallest of details was covered.” In March 2011, 18 local teens began work to develop, organize and host the Girls’ World Forum, an event for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 80 countries and 86 US councils. The delegations spent the week of July 12 - 16 discussing three UN Millennium Development Goals that focused on ending extreme poverty, promoting environmental sustainability and establishing gender equity. Forum workshops also focused on Global STEM Awareness World Travel 101 Whether you’re planning a trip around town or the world, learn to be savvy travelers! Learn useful tips for planning a trip, how to get there, where to stay, what to bring, and how to make friends along the way. Cook a light dinner to share with global travelers staying at the Chicago Hostel. While they were busy finding solutions to some of the most trying issues facing our world today, the girls did not miss the opportunity to make global connections that could last a lifetime, learning something in the process. “The first day of this international forum was nothing less than amazing,” Environmental Education/ Global STEM Awareness Outdoor Skills Day Tripper How do tourists and locals manage the hustle and bustle of traffic, commuting and sightseeing in Chicago? Find out with this day-long travel experience! Visit Chicago’s hostel and learn to navigate the CTA on the way to a ton of attractions. Choose a wintertime holiday adventure or a springtime exploration of the city’s many cultures. Page 44 Global Awareness & Travel Pathway Girl Awards & Training Arts & Culture self-esteem, advocacy and other issues facing teen girls today. Each delegation, made up of two girls and a young adult chaperone, worked together throughout the week to build a “Take Action” plan for their return home. Many of the attendees used this international gathering of to collaborate with young women from other countries and communities so they could take action together. Girl Awards & Training Service Arts & Culture Projects said Mandy Ehlert, also a member of the Girl Planning Team. “I was blown away by the incredible interactions between delegates from across the planet!” Attendees spent the week sharing their cultures with each other. Delegations performed dances and songs from their native countries, and together they learned about the many different ways people think and communicate across the globe. “Seeing these interactions with girls from all over truly showed me how this international forum is breaking down barriers to reveal the sisterhood enjoyed by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides,” Mandy said. Financial Environmental Education/ Global STEM Literacy Awareness & Outdoor Entrepreneurship Skills Travel Toolkit Overnight Stay the night and learn about travelling at home and internationally, including how to plan, budget and fundraise for a trip. See presentations on GSUSA destinations, educational tours and the Peace Corps. Includes snacks, patch and breakfast. gs Girl Awards & Training Healthy Service Arts & Culture Projects Living Financial Environmental Education/ GlobalLiteracy Awareness &Outdoor Entrepreneurship Skills Fina Env & Out En Healthy Service Arts & Culture Projects Living He Se On My Own Whether heading to college or across borders, solo travel as a woman can be a powerful growth experience. Prep work before you go will help you make the most of your journey. An experienced female traveler will share tips on budgeting, accommodations, safety and cultural customs. Share ideas and a meal with globe-trekkers at Hostelling International Chicago!