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The one with the Sunshine and Selfies #DAY 3-4

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#DAY3

Day three started with more sunshine in Haapsalu. The apartment was 26 degrees and very warm to wake up to! Vicky, Roxy, and Amy B disappeared off early for a run before everyone got together to head down to the beachfront, looking out towards the many islands for which Estonia is renowned.
Together we found a tiny patch of sand and quickly claimed it as our own for GOLD, sunshine and selfies. We had the beach to ourselves with Haapsalu being a summer holiday town, and made the most of the empty streets and waterfront.

After our breakfast stroll it was down to serious business and planning out for our school recruitment events for the coming days. The first of these was at the main High School in Haapsalu and to raise awareness of Eesti Gaidide Liit as well as recruiting potential new members.

The High School itself was a beautiful period building, and inside the calm and serenity of a museum accompanied with beautiful art and wide, tranquil halls. The school had been expecting u…

The one where it really began! #DAYS 0-2

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TEAM ESTONIA HAVE LANDED!



#DAY0
After a 4am wake up call somewhere near Stansted, Team Estonia safely manoeuvred the perils of the airport to land at Ulemiste Airport in Tallinn. After spotting a pilot taking time out to relax in the children's play area, and shameless selfies with flags, we had achieved spending an inordinate time in one of the worlds tiniest commercial airports and decided to head to the brand new tram system and into Tallinn centre. Our plans were thwarted by what we later established was 'Monday' (EVERYTHING is closed) The tram was off, and a short bus ride followed, finally landing us to the boundaries of the old town.  The fun of the journey was not yet over.  Carrying our full kit for nearly a mile was interrupted mid route by nothing short of the annual Estonian marathon.  Shouted out of the road, by an angry marshall, we beat a hasty path uphill on the cobbles and made it in one piece through the beautiful streets to a lovely hostel.

The call of the…

Challenge Yourself!

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As the new term approaches, and the team prepares to head off next week, why not spend some time with your girls learning about Estonia and World Guiding? We have put together a Challenge Badge Pack to give you ideas to work through, and all the proceeds from all badges bought will go directly towards the teams' fundraising target.

The badge is split into six sections which are suitable for all ages:
Estonian FoodThe outdoorsEstonian animals & natureEstonian cultureGuiding in EstoniaWorldwide Guiding You can find the whole badge pack here.

We hope you enjoy learning about this beautiful country, and we'd love to hear how you get on. Please email goldestonia@gmail.com to order badges or share your photos!

The one with all the spreadsheets

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For our fourth briefing last weekend, we went to Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, Lauren couldn’t join us this weekend but the rest of us made the trip over by plane to Roxy’s hometown, Belfast. The weather was great and we were super-efficient and completed our checklist and many more “challenges” by 11am on Sunday morning.
We’ve had a great time prepping for Estonia as well as relaxing and bonding as a team. Bonding has included playing Truth or Dare Jenga, the Chase card game and going round the Belfast Disney store. As we head home, we are filled with excitement for our trip which is seeming closer and more real by the day!!


Weekend Accomplishments:
✓ Accommodation booked ✓ Resources list written ✓ (Some) training plans written ✓ List of tourist activities to do on days off compiled ✓ Transport researched ✓ Many spreadsheets colour-coded ✓ Wellbeing plans completed ✓ Happy Playlist compiled ✓ 75,000 steps walked around Belfast ✓ 10 millipedes removed from Ranger Cottage, Lorne estate ✓ 48 ba…

The one with the long, long walk

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Weekend Three


Stats from  weekend

- 27 slices of cake consumed
- 36 pancakes consumed
- 3 tins of pickled fish consumed... (attempted)
- 11 devices overloading the wifi
- 17 man hours spent on craft.
- 0 craft knife related injuries
- 6 ice creams demolished



Incidents of note. 

- unexpected sunburn
- restaurants being several miles further away than described by the host.
- challenging intellectual card game, played on a late night after a long day.

Briefing three 

Estonia weekend three briefing gave us our teams share of hot weather and bright sunshine.  Plenty of time spent in glorious conditions outdoors, planning for time to be spent in Baltic conditions, outdoors!

The weekend had heavy focus on the more serious side of the planning we have, including risk assessments, travel, and accommodation for the 22 days that we will be away for.  Work also commenced on breaking down the training sessions and events we will be managing and assessing the resources for these.


We took time out to …

Getting Distracted by Sparkles!

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We're so excited by our badges! We worked hard to get the design as we wanted it, and we think they've come out really well. What do you think? Our Challenge Badge Pack will be coming out very shortly, so whether you and your girls want to learn more about Estonia, or whether you just want to treat yourselves to a new badge, please contact us! 
They're £1 each (plus P&P depending on quantity) and available by emailing goldestonia@gmail.com. All proceeds go directly towards supporting our trip and our work with Eesti Gaidide Liit- thank you in advance for your support!

The one where Philip Schofield joined in...

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Team Estonia were reunited with all the other 2017 GOLD teams in London at Second Briefing at the end of April 😊 It was another tiring weekend full of training, teamwork and laughter and it was great to get to know everyone a bit better!


Highlights of the weekend:  Delivered a good training on demographics of the UK: we prepared and ran a session for Team Ghana, Team Aruba and Team Rwanda- including a race using skittles!WAGGGS training: we had a session with Nefali from WAGGGS teaching us about their structure and aims, as well as having a chance to look through their resources.Role-specific trainings: on Saturday afternoon, we split off into our role groups and had specific training on what our responsibilities are before, during and after project. Home-assembled trifle: our dessert on Saturday evening was yummy trifle which we had to assemble ourselves with jelly, custard, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Unfortunately some of the jelly hadn't set, so the custard sunk into it …