About the World Centres

The World Centres are residential development centres where girls and young women acquire/broaden leadership and life-skills through international friendship, challenge, adventure and self-development.

Girls and young women from around the world and from all backgrounds come together to discover their potential, share experiences, and gain a deeper understanding of the complex global community in which they live.

The World Centres offer a wide variety of programmes and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy seminars and programmes on world issue WAGGGS Global Action themes and activities to develop their leadership as well as having fun in an International setting which can include, sightseeing and trying local activities such as skiing in Our Chalet or festivals in India.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts runs four World Centres:

Our Chalet

Our ChaletOur Chalet is the first and oldest of WAGGGS World Centres. It opened in 1932 as a place where girls and adults from all over the world could come together, enjoy an ‘International Jamboree Experience’, be challenged by the terrain and share the Girl Guide/Girl Scout Spirit while having adventures in the Swiss Alps in the beautiful village of Adelboden in the Swiss region of Berner Oberland.



Pax Lodge

Just 20 minutes from the heart of London, Pax Lodge is located in of one of the most popular and exciting capital cities in the world. The centre offers a convenient place to stay whilst exploring the city’s historical sights and is an international gathering place for WAGGGS members and non-members.


Sangam offers a rich experience of Indian life within a safe, friendly multi-cultural environment. Activities include an introduction into Indian Culture trying Indian foods, clothes, music, dance and crafts, learning about Indian traditions and religions, visiting Indian families, local temples and street markets; as well as exploring WAGGGS Global Action Theme and giving practical service to children and women in local community organizations.


Our Cabaña

The setting Albercafor Our Cabaña in Mexico is spectacular, with each building set in its own tropical garden, overlooking the city of Cuernavaca and surrounded by distant snow-capped volcanoes. Activities give a colourful experience of Mexican culture, food, language and arts and crafts, and include discussions on WAGGGS Global Action Themes as well as providing opportunities to work on local community projects.

Members of WAGGGS and non-members can stay at the World Centres as a participant in an event or event or as part of an organized programme of activities, or visit as an independent guest dependent on availability.

 Members of WAGGGS and non-members can stay at the World Centres as a participant in an event or event or as part of an organized programme of activities, or visit as an independent guest dependent on availability.

Staff and volunteers

Each World Centre is staffed by an international team of volunteer and professional staff. Adult members of the Association from around the world can volunteer to work for between six weeks and ten months, helping with programme and guest services.

The centres provide quality workplace opportunities that focus on personal and professional development, and recognize and value the contribution of volunteers.

The World Centres welcomed over 8,730 guests from 97 Member organizations during 2008 and over 25,000 guests stayed at a World Centre during the last triennium (2006 to 2008).

We are developing strategies to see how we can further support our guests and volunteers once they return home to spread the word about their visit and return with more visitors to our centres.

Friends of the World Centres

Each World Centre has a Friends group who support the work they do throughout the year by bringing guests, advertising the facilities and events, raising the profile of the World Centres in the home country and raising funds to support activities. The Friends groups also fund scholarships for young women from under represented groups to attend a World Centre.

Information on how to join the Friends groups can be found on each World Centre micro site.


We recognize that for many coming to a World Centre can be a life-changing experience whether in terms of meeting new friends from other parts of the world, learning about a culture very different to their own and developing their knowledge on global issues and their leadership skills.

You can read some examples here:

Each of our World Centres are completely different and each have the potential to offer so much to the modern Girl Scout and Girl Guide. It is their differences that give our association a unique chance to come together and offer something no educational system, workplace or organization could put forward.

Alex Fleming, Ireland

I have worked with some inspirational staff and felt at home in their company. I am devastated to be leaving but equally happy to have had this opportunity. Right now I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people alive, I feel truly honored to have been at Our Cabaña. I hope millions more follow in my footstep and feel how I feel. Our Cabaña really is a magical place.

Rachel Barber, England

When I made my first steps in Girl Scouting in 2003, I couldn’t even imagine that I would ever have such a great opportunity to volunteer at Pax Lodge. I am very happy to be here and I feel very lucky to be a member of Pax Lodge family.

Lilit, Armenia