Volunteering is the best way to gain experience, learn new skills, build own resume, personal and professional development, travel and helping our community at the same time. YMCA encourages young people to get involved and volunteer in our activities. They can be part of the YMLP & GLOW Clubs and join in the community service projects and events organized by these clubs.
YMCA Bitola also offers opportunities for international volunteering service in Europe with covered costs! That can be realized through the European Solidarity Corps (former European Voluntary Service program). The program offers the volunteer an opportunity to work on a project in non-profit organization in a European country and thus to gain an unforgettable international experience. The volunteer chooses in which country and on what project to volunteer, and the costs are covered!
Young Men's Leadership Project (YMLP) and Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) are our flagship camps on which we are fully focused. The mission of YMCA and the GLOW & YMLP Youth Development Progrаm is to empower the young people and develop the inherent potential they have by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to become active leaders in their communities. This is realized through experiential education that celebrates diversity, builds academic and social competencies. GLOW & YMLP are eight-day, multi-cultural camp that promote leadership, civic engagement, and friendship.
The program is based on a combination of non-formal curriculum and outdoor education. From the very beginning we joined in different camps and camp related events in order to build capacity for implementation camping activities on local and national level. In this field we collaborate with World YMCA and YMCA Europe as part of few international program groups such as: Camping Program Group, Volunteers for Europe, YMCA Sports as well as with the non formal networks International Synergy Group and Outdoor as a Tool Network.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE AND BUILD YOUR LEADERSHIP ATTITUDE!
Training is a process of learning. It involves the application of acquired knowledge aiming at better performance of young people, while development involves not only the related process of developing, but, also helps young people in building up their personalities at the same time as improving their progress towards the actualization of their full potentials.
Through different kinds of personal and professional development trainings in our country and abroad, we enable our young people to gain the necessary knowledge and skills and to grow with developed character so they can better answer to the nowadays challenges they face!
LEAVE THE DAILY MONOTONY AND USE THE OPPORTUNITIES!
The civil society with involvement and active contribution of all stakeholders in public policies and processes is crucial for the development of local communities in which we live in and the society in general.
In this direction as organization we get involved and give our contribution in the fields of: youth work recognition, its development and relevant youth policies and strategies, implementation of youth programs in schools by empowering youth participation in the decision making, promotion of philanthropy by promoting volunteering and encouraging corporate and social responsibility among companies and citizens.
In that process beside with the networks mentioned above, we cooperate with other stakeholders in the community such as: Coalition of youth organizations SEGA, Union for Youth Work, Network for financial sustainability of CSOs, primary and secondary schools, municipalities, companies, governmental and local institutions.
WE CONTRIBUTE TO CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTHY CIVIC SOCIETY!
WE BUILD STRONG CHILDREN, STRONG COMMUNITIES!