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2.4. Self-development

2.4.1. What is Self-development?

Self-development: Olaves take opportunities to develop skills and knowledge to enable them to grow as individuals.

This could involve:

  • Developing practical skills to assist in all areas of life
  • Volunteering for leadership or management positions and/or working to develop the relevant skills
  • Developing and expanding supportive social networks
  • Setting goals and achieving them through Olave Program Awards or personal projects
  • Upskilling in the areas of project management, event management and governance within Guiding
  • Actively participating in a Peer Group to enhance your development and the development of others
  • Exploring new interests, skills and opportunities, including gaining external qualifications
  • Undertaking learning and development opportunities through Guiding on a variety of topics

Self-development for each person is different. It might be governance, car maintenance, self-defence, IT skills, time management, performing arts, meditation or something else completely different.  Peer Groups provide opportunities to learn skills as a group, and to try new activities!  The Olave Program Awards structure provides opportunities for individuals to set up personal projects for developing skills or gaining qualifications (see Section 4).

“The roles I have held within the Olave Program, both at a state and national level, gave me skills that complimented my university studies. Public speaking, policy writing, chairing meetings, attending Board meetings, strategic planning, and event management are just some of skills that I gained during my time in the Olave Program. Professionally, I would not be where I am today without the skills I gained during my time in the Olave Program.”

2.4.2. Guiding resources for self-development

Within Girl Guides Australia as well as the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) are a number of different resources to assist the development of a variety of skills including leadership, management and advocacy skills.


GLOW is the WAGGGS online global learning portal, which offers online courses including ‘i-Lead’. This is an opportunity to discover more about leadership through interactive materials, activities and forum discussions.


The Australian Learning and Qualification Program (ALQP) is the formal framework that allows Olaves to develop skills for leadership roles, with the intention of using these skills within Girl Guides Australia as a Unit Leader, Assistant Unit Leader, Outdoors Leader or Manager. For more information on the ALQP see the Girl Guides Australia website (username: leaders, password: ggainfo)

Many trainings and opportunities offered by the National Learning and Development team are open to all members of Guiding – which means that Olaves who do not have leadership qualifications are very welcome to attend and participate.  These include:

“The Olave Program has helped me to develop into a person that is ready for a leadership role in this amazing organisation.”

2.4.3. Ideas for Self-development activities

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  • Learning governance or management skills through a course or practical experience
  • Developing new social networks – meeting people through new groups or activities
  • Undertaking Olave Program Awards
  • Participating in the running of a project and gaining project management skills
  • Developing mental health through practicing mindfulness, meditation or stress-management techniques
  • Learning a language or other cultural awareness
  • Gaining external qualifications through a university, TAFE, college or other provider
  • Exploring the Learning Topics on the Girl Guides Australia website
  • Developing creativity by exploring poetry, landscaping, painting, drama, music or dance
  • Improving skills around the home in painting, repairing furniture or gardening
  • Developing outdoor skills such as survival techniques, knotting or shelter-building
  • Learning about current affairs and engaging in debates
  • Improving financial literacy by undertaking a course or workshop or practicing budgeting and responsible financial management
  • Developing practical life skills such as changing tyres or cooking
  • Learning photography or how to make movies
  • Helping to run an event and gaining event management skills
  • Developing fitness and strength by trying new sports or outdoor activities
  • Learning about the history of the local area, the state or any given time period / country
  • Attending talks and learning from experts in a subject of interest
  • Becoming a Guide trainer and help others develop

Last Modified: 07/09/15 at 9:24 PM