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Thinking of going abroad

You may be considering taking a group of young people abroad, but are unsure of exactly what is involved in organising a trip.

Why are you thinking of going abroad? Before planning your trip you need to be clear of the purpose of your visit. What will the group gain from the experience?

Travelling abroad is an exciting dimension of international Scouting and should be regarded as an opportunity to learn about another culture and to extend the horizons of the members of your group.

Visits Abroad with Scouting

Going abroad with Scouting is often a lot easier than people think. Rule 9.64 covers going on a Visit’s Abroad with Scouting and a process to follow. There are also lots of people with international Scouting experience to guide and support you on your journey.

First things first – chat with the young people you support to see where they would like to go. There are a number of different types of international experiences that you can get involved with.

These include: 

ACCI (or Equivalent),: supports you through your visit abroad process, ensuring you have everything in place and making sure it gets approved by the relevant Commissioner. They can also notify Scouts in your host country that you’ll be arriving and issue you with a letter of introduction.

Headquarters: receive your visit abroad form from your ACCI after it has been approved by the relevant Commissioner. This ensures they know where UK Scouts are in the world and can offer support and assistance where needed.

Relevant Commissioner: approves your visit abroad, confirming that it is planned in line with TSA rules and guidance.

And with lots of countries to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. You can also check out International opportunities for lots of ideas

Step 1: Download the Visit Abroad Pack (.doc/pdf). It contains the rule, process, form and some top tips to get you started

Step 2: Submit Part A of your Visit Abroad form to your ACCI (or Equivalent), as soon as you’ve decided on the basic details: Where, When and Who is going. The definite numbers and dates can be confirmed in Part B.

Step 3: Plan your trip with support from your ACCI (or Equivalent), DC, other volunteers where relevant.

Step 4: Submit your Visit Abroad form with Part B completed. This will confirm all the details of your trip including your programme, relevant risk assessments and details about your In Touch process. Your ACCI (or Equivalent),  and relevant approving Commissioner will assess your visit and give approval for the visit to go ahead as planned or offer more support to ensure it’s a valuable and safe trip.

*Don’t know who your ACCI (or Equivalent) is? Contact the Scout Information Centre to find out.

Who does what:

ACCI (or Equivalent),: supports you through your visit abroad process, ensuring you have everything in place and making sure it gets approved by the relevant Commissioner. They can also notify Scouts in your host country that you’ll be arriving and issue you with a letter of introduction.

Headquarters: receive your visit abroad form from your ACCI after it has been approved by the relevant Commissioner. This ensures they know where UK Scouts are in the world and can offer support and assistance where needed.

Relevant Commissioner: approves your visit abroad, confirming that it is planned in line with TSA rules and guidance.

Globe Trekker

Globe Trekker is an interactive trip and expedition planning tool. Users have the ability to leave reports of their visits to help and inspire others.

Each country has an information box containing general information, useful links and access to submitted reports.

With reports from China to Canada, Nepal to the Netherlands, Globe Trekker is full of advice and guidance to help you plan your next scout trip overseas.

Globe Trekker

Reviewed: 04/10/2016

 

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