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Sangam offers four kinds of international events: community leadership, cultural, celebratory, and WAGGGS advocacy seminars. Each event is different, but all run between a week and 12 days, and provide participants with the opportunity to explore India’s exciting culture and traditions and interact with Sangam’s Community Partner organizations.
Sangam's Event Objectives
1. Participating in activities related to community leadership, advocacy, and other topics relevant to the event.
2. Learning about WAGGGS, it's Member Organizations, themes, projects, regions and World Centres, sharing the international friendship that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting offers.
3. Experiencing the unique culture of India through its traditions, history and people.
Community leadership events emphasize intercultural learning and personal growth through interaction with Sangam’s Community Partner organizations and exposure to the means and methods of creating change. You can participate in a community leadership development project, in which you collaborate with one of Sangam’s Community Partners to refurbish a room, plant a garden, or run a children’s camp, and discover not only the difference you can make in the lives of others but the impact of such work on yourself. Or you can witness community leadership in action at Sangam’s partner organizations, and learn through workshops, games, and discussions to find your own voice and develop the skills you need to affect similar change in the issues you are most passionate about.
Cultural events introduce you to India, a country of ancient customs brimming with modern interests and innovations. Try your hand at rangoli or mehendi, and enjoy Indian dance in the traditional Kathak or trendy Bollywood styles. Visit Indian marketplaces, and learn some Hindi so you can make conversation with the local people you encounter. Take in the sights, the sounds, the smells and the spicy sensations that abound in India, and enjoy a cross-cultural adventure you will never forget!
Celebratory events honor international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, and offer you the chance to enjoy historic Guiding and Scouting occasions in the unique environment of a World Centre. You will explore the history and traditions of WAGGGS and its Member Organizations, and learn about the latest projects and plans for the future - all in the company of Guides and Scouts from around the world. Seize the opportunity to nourish your Guiding and Scouting spirit in the extraordinary atmosphere of India, and the unparalleled setting of Sangam!
WAGGGS advocacy seminars give you the opportunity to delve into an international issue that you are passionate about. These intense but enriching events focus on key global topics and provide training and self-development using the non-formal educational methods of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. You will discover Indian culture and experience international exchange with fellow participants from across the globe. Under the guidance of trained facilitators, you will learn and prepare to take action in your member organization when you return home.
Specific events include:
Essence of India
Experience the excitement of cultural exchange by sharing your traditions and learning about Indian ones. Explore India through dance, music, crafts, food, fashion and more! Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Sangam and interact with the local community. This is a great introduction to the diversity of India, a rapidly changing country with ancient traditions.
Feasts and Festivals
Explore the diversity of India in this celebration of Indian food and culture! Learn the colourful history of the Maharashtra’s most popular holiday, the Ganapati festival, and take part in honoring the Hindu elephant god Ganesh. Model Indian fashion, discover cultural and religious sights, and experience ‘emerging’ modern India with friends from around the world.
Be The Change
Be part of this exciting event as you and participants from around the world immerse yourself in Indian culture. Visit Sangam’s Community Partners and, through participatory learning, relate your experiences to the Millennium Development Goals and the WAGGGS Global Action Theme. Partake in community leadership initiatives and learn what is being done in India about the MDGs.
Gifts For Change
Give the gift of yourself this holiday season as you volunteer your time to a project at Sangam and work with one of Sangam’s Community Partner organizations in Pune, India. Grow your confidence and experience being part of the WAGGGS as you discover how to bring about real change in your own life and the lives of others.
Reach for the Stars
Step outside your daily routine and discover some new possibilities as you explore India, learn about WAGGGS, and spend time with Sangam’s Community Partners. Be prepared for the challenge and explore possibilities of change. After the event, put your learning into action by getting involved in a community action project as you plan and run a camp for local children.
Discover Your Potential
Discover how much you can achieve by supporting a community action project, and experience working together as part of WAGGGS. Imagine all this in an Indian environment, where expectations towards organization, time and quality may be different than at home. Learn about yourself, and discover the change you want to be in the world!
World Thinking Day
Celebrate World Thinking Day at your world home in India with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the globe. Explore India, WAGGGS, and international friendship as you share activities with Guides and Scouts in Pune, join in the centenary celebrations of global Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, and find out more about the World Thinking Day Theme of the year.
Celebrate Our Centenary / World Sangam Day
Share the fun on World Sangam Day as we celebrate Sangam and 100 years of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting across the globe! Be ready to learn about different cultures and to share your own, and develop a global perspective as you meet and interact with people from all over the world. Immerse yourself in the bustling city of Pune, and witness Indian culture firsthand.
From Silver to Gold / World Sangam Day
Celebrate World Sangam Day – Sangam’s birthday! – on October 16th. Enjoy birthday celebrations from around the world, explore our global Guiding and Scouting Movement, and share with Sangam’s Community Partners as we move towards our 50th birthday in 2016.
Advocacy Seminar on HIV/AIDS
Find your voice, develop the skills to speak out on important issues for girls and young women and learn to affect positive change in your local and global community around the issue of HIV/AIDS.