Young Women’s STEM Volunteer

WAGGGS and Sangam World Centre in Pune, India, are looking for three young women who are committed and passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to take part in a three-month STEM Leadership Placement (from 1 September to 30 November 2023) to empower the next generation of STEM leaders.  

 Are you looking to use your creativity and passion for STEM to build WAGGGS’ first STEM programme? Do you want a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with other emerging leaders, putting your innovative and entrepreneurial skills to the test to design an exciting STEM programme that will inspire girls and young women?  

The Leadership Placement programme is well established at all our World Centres. The programme supported by the Johnson & Johnson Foundation will deliver Leadership Development activities based on the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Leadership Model, which is used globally to empower girls and young women to take the lead in their own lives and in the world.  

 As well as participating in the Leadership Development programme and supporting the Sangam team, for the first two months you will be tasked with the creation of a STEM Discovery Day programme, a key aim of the placement. For the remaining month of the placement, alongside Sangam’s staff, you will deliver this newly created STEM programme to Sangam’s community partners and visitors. 

 Youth consultation, participation and co-creation are cornerstones of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting movement globally, so during the placement we will be asking you to take the lead in deciding what the content of the programme should be.  

 To ensure meaningful STEM engagement during the first two months, WAGGGS will appoint a STEM technical partner to support the development of this programme. Through a series of enrichment activities and collaboration with STEM experts, you will be engaged in a learning experience that uses the non-formal education methodologies of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting movement. These learning experiences will inspire and feed into the content of the STEM Discovery Day programme.  

 You will be co-creating WAGGGS and Sangam’s first STEM programme with the support of WAGGGS, representatives from Johnson & Johnson’s WiSTEM2D Youth pillar, and a STEM technical partner. 

 The programme developed will also be delivered online via the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting platform, Campfire. Enabling you to develop your digital content creation skills and allowing WAGGGS’ 8.9 million members worldwide to take part in the programme.  

 We estimate that each young woman participating will spend a total of 210 hours engaged with STEM over the three months of the placement.  

As a STEM Placement participant 

  • Work collaboratively with the placement participants, STEM technical partner representatives and the WAGGGS and World Centre staff team to develop a STEM Discovery Day programme to be delivered in person at Sangam and online via Campfire. 
  • In collaboration with the Sangam staff and volunteer team deliver 5x STEM Discovery Day programme in-person to reach a total of 150 participants. 
  • Work collaboratively with the WAGGGS Campfire team to ensure the STEM Discovery Day programme is fully integrated online and accessible via Campfire. 
  • Support the promotion of the online STEM Discovery Day programme on Campfire to reach the target of 8,000 participants exploring STEM subjects online via Campfire 


As a volunteer at Sangam 

  • Assist the Programme team with the design, preparation and implementation of events and programme related tasks 
  • Learn about community partners, preparing and running WAGGGS sessions to be delivered with community partners and Sangam guests 
  • Undertake guest services duties, including general reception duties, receiving visitors, assisting guests with queries, assisting with Yahdei and the Sangam Shop, meeting and greeting incoming guests, being at the head of the table during meals and facilitating conversations during meals and teatime to ensure positive sharing between guests and residents    
  • Support the general operations and day-to-day running of the World Centre, including taking good quality pictures of all Sangam activities and events, filing them correctly, writing articles and updating Sangam’s social media accounts when required and contributing to Sangam special events such as International Days, Living at Sangam social evenings and Mind Mantra. 


  • Have an interest / expertise in STEM 
  • Keen to learn and explore STEM skills, knowledge, and mindsets 
  • Genuinely enjoys meeting and getting to know new people 
  • Patient, good team player, open to being immersed in a multi-cultural working environment 
  • Capable of taking responsibility to deliver work to the highest standard 
  • Practical, open minded, hard-working, and able to use common sense 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical skills and communication skills 
  • Capable of facilitating group activities and leading programmes for groups of all ages and abilities in-person and online 
  • Have programme design experience and understanding of WAGGGS 
  • Technical ability to use digital tools (such as Microsoft 365 packages) for the creation of presentations, documents and images and other digital content, as well as video conferencing tools (such as ZOOM) 



  • Social Media / Digital Marketing skills  
  • Have a good understanding of what makes a high quality, engaging non-formal educational programme 
  • Experience in developing and implementing STEM-based activities in person and/or online, embedding programme delivery into an online environment 
  • 18 – 30 years of age
  • Member of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
  • Good oral and written English skills (English is the working language of Sangam)
  • All applications must be endorsed by Member Organisation’s International Commissioner
  •  Have a laptop that you can take to Sangam to complete placement work (small tablets/phones are not suitable) 
  •  Willingness to complete GDPR and safeguarding training
  • To stay connected with the wider Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting community 
  • To attain further STEM knowledge, skills and mindsets  
  • To make valuable contributions – you will be working alongside experienced professionals, contributing to the team’s success and making a difference. 
  • To gain more confidence – this STEM placement will offer the opportunity for you to develop confidence in your abilities and provide a solid foundation for future success in your profession. 
  • STEM is an exciting and rapidly growing field which offers a world of opportunities and experiences and a wide range of potential career paths.  
  • To attain new skills related to the STEM field, as well as transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, time management, running indoor outdoor and online activities, guest services, and community actions. 
  • To be exposed to practical skills and knowledge, as well as to cutting-edge technologies and research.  
  • To learn about different cultures, customs and countries 
  • To work closely with World Centre staff and volunteers and learn more about the World Centres 
  • To experience living in a truly international environment infused with the spirit of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting 
  • To learn about yourself, about others, about the environment and the needs of the society 
  • Training in safeguarding, GDPR, and facilitating in-person and online programmes will be provided 
  • A reference can be provided on successful completion 

Sangam will provide you with all meals, accommodation, uniforms, use of self-service laundry facilities and Wi-Fi access in designated areas on site for the duration of your stay. 

 If you are worried about money, you should look into financial assistance options.  If you are financially able you will need to cover your travel costs, souvenirs and things you want to do in your free time.

Depending on where you are travelling from and your needs, we will have scholarships available for up to £1000 towards the cost of your visa and flight.

You may also be able to apply for assistance from your national Guide/Scout Organisation or local community organisations. 

When you submit your application, you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the application.

We will be in touch with applicants about next steps after the application deadline. 

If you are interested and meet the criteria above, please submit your application using the link below 

 Deadline for application: Wednesday 31 May at 23:59 UTC   

 If you are successful at the interview stage, your application must be endorsed by your Member Organisation’s International Commissioner before we can make an offer of a placement. You may also be asked to provide contact details for two references and a police clearance certificate.