Trip of a lifetime for Westhill girl guide

Clair Bellarby at the Taj Mahal
Clair Bellarby at the Taj Mahal

A Westhill teenager was among 10 girl guides who travelled to India this summer on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Clair Bellarby, 16, journeyed to Sangam, the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts centre (WAGGGS) in Pune.

The 19-day trip offered Girlguiding Scotland members the chance to learn more about Indian culture, see world famous sights including the Taj Mahal in Delhi and the Amber Fort in Jaipur, before traveling on for a leadership and social action programme.

Clair, a leader in training with the 1st Dunecht Brownies, said: “Travelling to India with girls from across Scotland was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It was amazing to see famous sights like the Taj Mahal in person, learn more about Indian culture, and make a difference in the local community.

“Having the chance to travel to somewhere totally new was a big confidence boost. It’s shown me what I’m capable of and I can’t wait until my next adventure.”

Pauline Watson, group leader, said: “Giving girls a safe space to try new experiences, develop new skills and grow in confidence is what Girlguiding Scotland is all about so I was really excited to take a group of girls on an amazing adventure in India.

“Travelling to somewhere totally new for 19 days, living and volunteering in India, gave the girls a fantastic sense of achievement.”