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European Jamboree Volunteers Took Part in the Gdansk Volunteer Week

Alex from Scotland, Sophie from Ireland, Fleur and Francois from France, as well as Enrique from Spain took part in Gdansk Volunteer Week. In the fourth edition of this event, the Scouts and Guides took part in a volunteer parade, a gala at the European Solidarity Centre and helped to encourage citizens to act for a better world with a city game.

From Warsaw to the sea

Five international volunteers from Scout and Guide organisations associated in World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) came from the office of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association in Warsaw to participate in the fourth Gdansk Volunteer Week. They help in the European Jamboree Office, where they are involved in the promotion of next year’s event, its registration system or the development of a programme proposal for those who will not be able to fly to Poland in July 2020. It is them who support and give a new perspective to the scouts and guides who are involved in the creation of this jamboree.

Leave the world better than you found it

Scouting and Guiding encourages their members to take active roles in society and tries to make each of its members leave the world a little better than they found it through daily volunteering. 

 “We’ve been volunteering for a few months now in the headquarters of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association in Warsaw, where we’re supporting the preparations for the European Jamboree. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to take part in Gdansk Volunteer Week, and meet the volunteers living in this city. In less than a year, the European Jamboree will be held here, thanks to which nearly 21 000 people from all over the world will be able to see this beautiful area. This place is a symbol of Polish solidarity, courage and an example of openness to other people. It is these values that are closest to us, the Guides and Scouts, and we feel particularly attached to the inhabitants of Gdansk. – said Sophie from Ireland. 

Volunteers Parade in Gdansk, Poland December 5, 2019. ZHP/Michal Ryniak

In the summer of 2020, guides and scouts from all over the world will meet on Sobieszewska Island to testify to the value of comradeship, solidarity and the promotion of a whole catalogue of universally accepted virtues. For a dozen or so days, teenagers will pass the test of brotherhood that knows no geopolitical or cultural limitations. The fundamental assumption of the jamboree is to meet people who are focused on a common goal: to build a better world.