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
Sangam World Centre is one of the World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Founded in 1966, Sangam is located in Pune, India, on the banks of the Mula River.
Sangam, which means “coming together” in the ancient language of
Sanskrit, serves as a place for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to come together to share their experiences, as well as the culture and traditions of their homelands and Member Organizations.
The source of the idea to build a world centre in the WAGGGS-Asia Pacific Region began life as an idea from the WAGGGS International Commissioners’ meeting held in New Delhi in 1956. India was
selected over bids from Australia, The Philippines and Pakistan as 7.75 acres (31,400 m2) of land was generously donated to the WAGGGS by the Government of Maharashtra. The World
Conference held in 1963 approved the project and later that year an appeal was sent out to WAGGGS member countries to raise funds for the cost of construction.
The center was designed by the Bombay architectural firm Messrs Mody and Colgan and the construction was supervised by Mrs. Lakhshmi Mazumdar, the National Commissioner of the Indian WAGGGS Member Organization Bharat Scouts and Guides. On 16 October 1966 The World Chief Guide, Lady Olave Baden-Powell,
inaugurated the center.
Over time, Sangam has grown and changed with the times as new amenities, buildings and modern equipment have been added.
As well as all World Centers is the program adapted to the needs of Girl Guides and Scouts. The basic idea was to provide a basis for a safe, neutral place for members of Guiding and Scouting to come
together to share their experiences as well as the culture and
traditions of their homelands and member organisations. Sangam events allow participants to explore India by meeting Sangam’s neighbours, visiting community projects and places of interest, and shopping in the colourful markets of Pune. The events are focus on United Nations’ issues and WAGGGS Goals.
Accommodation is available for Girl Guides/Scouts and their
(information from wikipedia)