Европската Унија ги покрива сите трошоци со цел да промовира вредности како што се: активно граѓанство, толеранција, взаемно разбирање, солидарност.
Оваа програма еднаш во животот нуди искуство каде волонтерите имаат можност да запознаат други култури, да станат независни, да стекнат работни вештини, да се обучат за тимска работа, да патуваат и научат јазик како и да добијат Youthpass сертификат кој е признаен во странство и со тоа да ги зголемат шансите за вработување.
Доколку се волонтира на долгорочен проект (помеѓу 2 и 12 месеци), волонтерот нема повеќе можност за повторување на искуството преку оваа програма. Доколку првото волонтирање е краткорочно до 2 месеци, тогаш волонтерот би можел да аплицира уште еднаш за искористување на преостанатите 10 месеци.
Овој тип на волонтирање не е платена работа, јазичен курс, стажирање или туризам и покрај тоа што содржи елементи од сето ова.
Проектите за кои може да аплицирате имаат најразлични теми (над 50) и ваше е да одберете дали сакате да работите со деца или во театар или можеби со лица со хендикеп, социјална работа, ICT- нови тенологии, да предавате јазик, да научите како да водите организација, работа со кампови итн.
Низ следниве дата-бази може да се пребаруваат овие теми:
– https://europa.eu/youth/volunteering/project_en (пребарувате согласно Вашите временски планови, тема и земја каде би сакале да волонтирате),
– https://youthforeurope.eu/ (пребарувате под „Младински размени“, „Европски Солидарен Корпус“ или „Тренинзи“)
Отворените повици за волонтирање ги објавуваме на фејсјбук. Ако сакате повиците да ги добивате на е-маил запишете се на нашата ЕВС меилинг листа, пишете ни директно и ќе Ви одговориме. Доколку имате прашања може да не контактирајте и на меил: email@example.com.
Работните часови на канцеларијата се од понеделник до петок од 10.00 до 16.00 часот.
Ако сте заинтересирани или пак имате прашања за учество во нашите активности, да споделите идеи или да добиете информации за нашите тековни активности, тоа можете да го сторите на волонтерските средби кои ги организираме повремено.
Календарот на настани се обновува во текот на месецот. Бидете во тек со нашите случувања!
The mission of YMCA and the GLOW and YMLP Youth Development Progrаm is to 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 – Girls Leading Our World – is an eight-day, multi- cultural camp for 80 young women that promotes leadership, civic engagement, and friendship. GLOW is implemented by the Youth Association YMCA in partnership with Peace Corps and it is staffed by YMCA, Peace Corps Volunteers, and GLOW alumni. GLOW is an annual summer program that has been held in North Macedonia since 2002 in various locations. GLOW empower the young leaders to create positive changes in their communities.
The core curriculum of GLOW includes:
Leadership – Campers become role models in their communities.
Civic Responsibility – Campers will learn about their community and how to become active participants in shaping it.
Women’s Empowerment – Campers will be empowered to become equal partners and decision makers in their communities.
Youth Employability – Campers will learn how to develop, market, and employ their skills to search for and attain future employment.
Environmentalism – Campers will learn how to appreciate and positively impact the environment.
Additionally camp offer Special Elective Classes. Examples include: American sports (baseball, ultimate frisbee, American football), music, yoga, creative writing, other outdoor activities. and more.
GLOW is an American-style summer camp. Campers rotate between sleeping in cabins or in tents. In addition to attending classes, students learn about environmental awareness and participate in outdoor activities. During camp, teams will compete at Field Day. This competition will help develop a team bond through intellectual and physical games. On the last day of camp, campers will also participate in a local service project where they will apply skills learned at camp that will help them serve in their communities. Even though the majority of this camp occurs outdoors, the camp will run in all types of weather, sun or rain!
To ensure the safety of all campers, the following camp policies are enforced. Violation of any of these rules may result in dismissal from camp.
1. Buddy System – Campers must always be with at least one other camper at all times.
2. Camp Schedule – All campers are on time for all sessions and activities. Campers will stay in the designated location until dismissed by the advising staff member.
3. Attendance – All sessions are mandatory unless otherwise indicated.
4. After hours – Campers are expected to be in their designated sleeping areas as directed by the camp staff.
5. Positive Attitude – Respect and understanding of fellow campers and staff is expected at all times.
6. English language – Every camper is expected to speak only English at camp. Camp is delivered in English and the rule is enforced to promote unity and respect of campers from all backgrounds.
7. Tobacco, Drugs, Alcohol – Drugs, cigarettes, and drinking alcoholic beverages are strictly PROHIBITED.
8. Mobile Phones, Tablets & Laptops – Use of all technology by campers is PROHIBITED during all camp activities. Campers will be allowed to use mobile phones during scheduled breaks.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE (ELIGIBILITY)?
GLOW is open to all young women who are entering years 1-4 of secondary school the following autumn and be proficient in writing and speaking English. All programs are in English. Returning GLOW participants who are invited to return in leadership positions within the camp including the Counselors in Training (CiT) and staff positions may be attending university.
GLOW is looking for applicants who possess strong leadership potential and a commitment to community service as demonstrated in school events and volunteer work. Eligible applicants MUST be available for the entire camp week.
The application timeline is as follows:
(1) Application Period: April 1-30:Prospective campers apply to camp via the online application.
(2) Camper Interviews: April 1-May 31: Selected applicants are interviewed by a GLOW representative in a nearby community.
(3) Notification: June 1: Campers will be notified via email of their application status (accepted, waitlisted, etc.) by early June. (4) Camp Preps: June 1-20: Campers must pay the fee, submit required forms and prepare for camp!
(5) Wait list: June 1-July 22: Wait listed participants will be notified of potential openings.
(6) Camp Date: July 25-28.
Application for, the camp can be found HERE.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 30th, 2019!
Caring – To care for yourself, community, and others.
Honesty – To be truthful in what you say and do.
Respect – To treat all people, yourself and your community, with dignity and acceptance.
Responsibility – To be accountable for your promises and actions.
Courage – To face challenges and lead.
Creativity – To find new solutions to challenges.
Passion – To find your inspiration to create change.
GLOW is held at the Begova Korija’s Campground (formerly known as Shula Mina) located in the city of Krushevo.
The campers will stay in dormitories equipped with beds with access to toilets and showers. For a few nights, they will be staying in camping tents with sleeping bags.
Can parents or family members visit GLOW?
Visitors are allowed to attend a special camp tour for parents and other interested parties organized by YMCA staff upon request. Outside of this special tour, GLOW cannot accommodate extra unscheduled visitors throughout the week, except in the case of an emergency or picking up a camper.
Transportation to Krushevo is the responsibility of each participant. Transportation from the Krushevo bus station to the camp ground for all participant’s luggage is provided by GLOW. Walking directions to the camp ground will be provided by GLOW staff on the day of arrival.
Thanks to generous philanthropic support from our corporate sponsors and individual donors, YMCA covers 90% of the operating expenses. Campers have to pay a participation fee of 2.300 MKD. Campers are also expected to arrange and purchase their own transportation to/from Krushevo.
Camper cost includes accommodation, three meals and two snacks per day, camper materials, programming costs, and group insurance during the camp. Campers are required to pay the fee after their acceptance and before attending the camp. Payment process information is provided when the camper is notified of selection.
If a camper is unable to pay the camp fee, then may apply for a full scholarship via email after acceptance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
What happens if my daughter is sick or hurt? Is there a doctor at camp?
A doctor is present during the entire week of camp to offer support as needed. The doctor is a trained professional and has experience working with youth. YMCA will secure medical supplies for general first aid purposes. If campers require more advanced medical attention, we will take the camper to a nearby medical facility. If a camper has any prescription medication needs or pre-existing medical conditions, it is important camp staff is notified via the required medical form.
What if something happens to a camper? Does camp have insurance?
Our insurance provider protects and covers all campers from injury or accident during camp. In addition, we have a dedicated night watch team that provides 24-hour surveillance. Because safety is our number one priority, YMCA also has an emergency evacuation plan, should the camp need to be evacuated because of wild fires, natural disasters, or other emergency.
What food options are available at camp?
Beside the regular menu which doesn’t include pork, vegetarian and vegan (non-dairy) options are also available at every meal. Campers will be asked for their food option and food allergies (via the medical form) before camp. The camp menu includes three balanced meals and two snacks a day.
Campers should bring enough clothes for the entire week including:
– Clothing for the duration of the camp (8 days)
o Comfortable, warm clothing (it may be cold during morning or night)
o Clothes for the outdoors (campers may get dirty)
o Extra socks and underwear
o Athletic clothes
– Sneakers, trainers, or gym shoes, sandals
o Toothbrush and toothpaste
o Shampoo and Soap
o Sunscreen (suggested)
o Bug Spray (suggested)
o Appropriate medication (if needed)
– Snacks for between meals
– Plastic Bag for dirty or wet laundry
– Money to purchase snacks or drinks
– Reusable water bottle (suggested)
– Backpack (suggested)
– Sleeping Bag + pad (can be rented at camp for 300 MKD for the entire week)
At anytime, questions and comments may be directed towards the following email address:
Interested in Learning More?
- Read detailed information for GLOW: English, Macedonian, Albanian.
- Review past GLOW camp photos and videos.
WHO DO WE WORK WITH?
- Camp GLOW is developed and operated by YMCA with partnership from Peace Corps. Camp GLOW is operated and staffed by 30 adults comprising YMCA staff, Peace Corps volunteers, and GLOW camper alumni.
- Camps are funded in large part by our partners and supporters including: OKTA, Mermeren Kombinat, SASA mine, TAV Airports, Alkaloid, Kromberg & Schubert, ESM and dozens of individual contributors to our annual crowdfunding campaign.
- We have worked together with our friends at the US Embassy since the beginning of the GLOW & YMLP Youth Development Program.
Info graphic from the survey at Camp GLOW 2018
Camp GLOW began in Romania in 1995. Three Peace Corps Volunteers and four Romanian teachers took 80 young women to a mountain campsite for a week long leadership camp… Since that first camp in Romania, Peace Corps has actively supported Camp GLOW in other Peace Corps countries… In each country Peace Corps Volunteers and host-country nationals adapt Camp GLOW to reflect the realities of the young women in their local communities. While the content and styles of Camp GLOW vary, certain principles and themes exist through all the camps. These principles and themes include developing leadership skills, improving self esteem, increasing knowledge of women’s health issues, respecting and caring for the environment, and promoting the belief that every young woman can make a difference in their community.
In 2000, Peace Corps Volunteers in North Macedonia determined there was a need for Camp GLOW after informally leading groups of young women in their communities. This project was first realized in the form of a three-day seminar facilitated by Peace Corps Volunteers and Host Country Nationals. Over the years, it has evolved into a week long summer program coupled with local clubs promoting the values and knowledge gained from attending the camp. The participants come from all over the country, representing the ethnic and cultural diversity of the country. At GLOW, campers develop skills in teamwork and leadership that they will carry with them into adulthood. As a result, these young women are prepared to lead the country in a positive direction in the future. GLOW has operated in North Macedonia since 2002 in various locations and has been partnered with YMCA Bitola since 2015.
ПОВИКОТ Е ЗАТВОРЕН!!!
European Volunteer Service (EVS) in YWCA-YMCA Global, part of the YWCA-YMCA of Norway
We are looking for one person from Macedonia on EVS in Norway for 12 months starting from May 2019.
- to raise awareness among young people in Norway, Palestine, Macedonia and Romania about the injustices young people in other countries are facing, and to create solidarity between them;
- to give young people in these countries knowledge / skills to take action to address these injustices, for example through campaigning, communications, peer education
- to build the capacity of the partner organizations to promote international solidarity and action between and by young people, so that this work can continue, even after the exchange ends;
- to produce changes in unjust policies that are affecting young people;
- to contribute to building a global movement of young people working for justice across borders and cultures.
All volunteers will:
- attend strategic events – for example large scale youth festivals and summer camps where they can mobilize large numbers of Norwegians to become globally aware /active
- run Training of Trainers so that the leaders being trained can pass on the knowledge and skills to their groups. Topics might include the Occupation of Palestine; how to become a Peacemaker; etc.
- help to create resources that can be used to deliver training even after they leave – for example short films; photos; case studies.
https://kfuk-kfum.no/ditt-kfuk-kfum/vestlandet/haugaland-kfuk-kfum/hovedforeninger/haugesund-kfuk-kfum – the website for the local organization
We are searching for smart, skilled, and savvy motivated individuals from the Peace Corps Volunteers to join us in the roles of Mentors for the GLOW & YMLP clubs throughout the country!
All people applying for the open positions are expected to be enthusiastic, demonstrate professionalism, be open-minded to work with youth and act as mentors and role models.
The responsibilities they will have in the clubs are expected to be for 9 months from September 2019 to May 2020. If there is Satellite Club in their proximity, it is expected to help also in their activities as well.
The applicant must have attended at least one GLOW or YMLP camp in the past and to be 18+ years old.
Places are filled! However, it is still possible to apply – all who does, automatically will be put on a waiting list. If somebody cancels in the meantime, the next one from that list fills the place!
PEACEMAKERS GLOBAL WEEK – YOUTH, PEACE AND SECURITY
Are you interested in global issues and want to learn more about what you can do to work for more just world? Do you want to meet young people from around the world and discuss important issues such as peace, poverty and injustice together with them? Then Global Week is for you!
Global Week is YWCA-YMCA Global’s summer leadership training course!
Every summer around 50 young people gather in Norway for a week of discussions, learning, action and exciting meetings. With participants from 11 countries, Global Week is really a place to get a feeling of how small the world is. When young people from different parts of the world come together and get to know each other, we get a better understanding of how the world works and how, together, we can work for justice and peace. If you are between 18-30 you can participate in Global Week.
The theme for Global Week 2019 is Youth, Peace and Security. Maybe you think that its only political leaders who can change the word? Or that only staff in a big organization can run campaigns. That’s of course not true. It might sound like a cliché, but it starts with you. At Global Week 2019 we will talk about what we can do to make the world a better place, both for those around us and for young people in other countries. We’ll learn how to develop a campaign, how to get young people involved and how we can use music or social media to work for a more just world.
The week culminates with a campaign day where participants can use their newly learned skills in achieving the best results. Being part of Global Week is important because we live in a world with huge challenges, which we as young people can overcome. Video from the last years exchange can be seen here.
For the Macedonians are available 4 placements. Applicants will be given possibility to attend based on the principle ‘first come first served’ until the places are filled, with the priority given to the ones having been part of our GLOW&YMLP camps and clubs. For this reason, a CV will be asked from the applicants showing interest on our mail. For further applicants, a waiting list will be created and if someone cancels in the meantime, the next on the list will fill the emptied position, for which it will be notified. Always check your mail to see if you are that person!
Apply by sending mail on: email@example.com
Participation fee/travel costs: Waiting for info!
Sending costs: 30 eur.
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 Clubs are youth-led clubs housed in diverse communities around the country. The clubs provide an opportunity for young men and women to become leaders in their communities. These youth are often GLOW or YMLP Camp alumni who, through GLOW and YMLP Club activities, are able to apply what they have learned at camp about leadership and civic engagement in their communities. Clubs hold two meetings monthly and are responsible for one community service project each school semester.
There are two different ways clubs can be realized, one is through regional clubs and the other one through the satellite clubs. Regional Clubs create spaces where club leaders and members follow a specific program with enhanced support from YMCA, while Satellite Clubs are mostly following the program of the closest regional club which is in their proximity, but also allowing their members to be creative and flexible in the implementation of the activities of their club.
The support which GLOW-YMLP Regional Clubs receive from YMCA includes funding, mentoring, and unique opportunities for training and skills development. These clubs have more rigorous national standards which they must complete to fulfill their obligations as a club. The organization of clubs in this way allows YMCA and the club coordinators to be more engaged in the club efforts.
GLOW-YMLP Satellite Clubs are more flexible in their responsibilities, and while they have the opportunity to receive more tangible support from YMCA, they also have the option of creating their own club experience. Satellite clubs are welcomed to participate in meetings and events held by their local Regional Club, but they are expected to take part in the service projects organized by this same local Regional Club. Satellite clubs also have the opportunity of transition into Regional Club in the future years.
WHO DO WE WORK WITH?
- GLOW-YMLP Clubs are developed and operated by YMCA with partnership from Peace Corps. Clubs are operated and staffed by YMCA staff, Peace Corps volunteers, and GLOW-YMLP camper alumni.
- Clubs are funded in large part by our partners and supporters including: OKTA, Mermeren Kombinat, SASA mine, TAV Airports, Alkaloid, Kromberg & Schubert, ESM and dozens of individual contributors to our annual crowdfunding campaign.
- We have also worked together with our friends at the US Embassy since the beginning of the GLOW-YMLP program.
GLOW-YMLP Clubs began in 2000 and 2016 respectively in order to provide camp alumni with an opportunity to apply the lessons they learned at Camps GLOW and YMLP in their communities. With a strong commitment to equality and diversity GLOW and YMLP clubs focus on curriculum tracks like environmentalism, civic responsibility, personal development, leadership, youth employability and women’s empowerment. Clubs prepare and propel youth to compose their leadership skills so that they may become the leaders in their communities, and in the world. GLOW-YMLP Clubs formally partnered with YMCA in 2016.
YMCA, Who Are We?
At YMCA in N. Macedonia we are a small team of 3 experiential education specialists and 1 Peace Corps Volunteer who works closely with us, in the main office in Bitola. But that’s not all – with us are also 10 more mentors who support the clubs around the country and 35 more camper alumni and Peace Corps volunteers to secure each camp implementation during the summer. We work to develop our Youth Development Program GLOW-YMLP consisting of two premiere leadership summer camps and follow up camper alumni community service clubs in many cities around the country who continue implementing learned activities at the camp.
Unfortunately, many young people often don’t feel compelled to actively participate in their community. In fact, many initiatives focused on youth engagement such as volunteering projects, local community events, or local civic organizations often struggle to maintain and recruit participants.
What Are We Doing Differently?
Our approach starts by first identifying the most passionate service-minded youth from every community. The 2019 program had representation from 34 municipalities!
Starting in July, these select student leaders join us in Krushevo to learn about their unique leadership style and the fundamentals of project design and community service. In addition to the classroom lessons at camp, students are fully immersed in English language and build long-lasting relationships with other service-minded leaders from their community. After camp, its these relationships that keep our youth enthusiastically engaged in the GLOW-YMLP clubs.
The GLOW-YMLP clubs program is an initiative that started in 2015 to allow camper alumni to apply their leadership and service training within their own community. Each club has a dedicated mentor to provide coaching and leadership training to build upon lessons from the camp experience. In addition, each club has the opportunity to design and submit a project proposal to receive funding from YMCA to purchase the materials they need to implement their localized community service project. For more about this year service projects, see here.
What is Our Impact?
Last year alone, 16 different GLOW-YMLP clubs dedicated in sum 1000 hours to community service across 22 unique service projects. In collaboration with their dedicated mentors, our youth clubs completed needs assessments across their communities and designed projects focused on: special needs youth, environmentalism, food security, life skills education, and city beautification. Rather than wait for opportunities, our youth create their own opportunities, but they need your help and contributions to support their service!
How Can You Help?
This year, we initiated the crowdfunding campaign to add at: providing best camp experience by buying new tents, supporting more campers by covering a camper fee or cover the full cost of a camper attending camp; and supporting our clubs program by covering the costs for community service project Covering the costs of one service project will allow additional service projects in one or more of our current clubs, and the donation will be to offset the materials cost associated with this new project. Previous service projects have used their grants to purchase: gardening equipment, paint, trash bags, gloves, construction materials, and office stationery among other items. Your donation now will ensure that the clubs program continues to thrive and grow! Let us know if you have a specific club you would like to support, and we’d be happy to direct your funds to that club!
How much we need?
For this crowdfunding campaign we have set goal of 6% [3.000 $USD] from our annual budget for the program. Campers support the program with contribution of 11%. For the rest of the budget we work on corporate fundraising by building relationships with corporate donors which are mainly national social responsible companies with vision to invest in the country youth leaders.
Every dollar helps! We are looking forward to your partnership in empowering the youth of Macedonia!
After the end of Camp GLOW and YMLP Camp comes the best part of the year – forming GLOW and YMLP clubs and implementing community service projects in home communities of camp alumni.
GLOW & YMLP Clubs are eligible to apply for grants up to 5000 MKD to complete their service projects. This application will be evaluated by the Clubs Coordinators and staff from YMCA and the most successful applications will be awarded funds.
Submit the GLOW and YMLP grant form
by Friday, 8th November!
If your project fulfills the criteria and is awarded the grant, you will be contacted by YMCA in the following week. Your project must be completed and documented by the time of the Impact Summit on second week of December.
If you have any questions please let us know on our Facebook page or reach out to your local club mentor!
Clubs GLOW & YMLP are result of the successful partnership between YMCA Bitola and Peace Corps.
The GLOW and YMLP clubs service projects have been supported by:
- Our partners and supporters including: OKTA, Mermeren Kombinat, SASA Mine, TAV Airports, Alkaloid, Kromberg & Schubert, ESM and dozens of individual contributors to our annual crowdfunding campaign.
- Also, we have worked together with our friends at the US Embassy since the beginning of the GLOW & YMLP Youth Development Program.
Main Work tasks and expectations of the ESC Volunteer will be to be active and committed to contribute to the development of new activities to the children and youngsters of the organization together with other Danish volunteers and staff members. As ESC volunteer you will get the opportunity to play an active role in local activities, and you will also get the opportunity to participate in national YMCA and YWCA events for children and teenagers. At some of these events up to 1200 people will participate.
Expect more details soon!!