We had the ultimate summer at Camp GLOW 2018 located in Krushevo at the Begova Korija camp grounds! Our theme this year was, The Future Is Female, in which we spent a week empowering young women across Macedonia from all walks of life. These campers had the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops on topics including environmentalism, civic responsibility, human rights and diversity, youth employability, and leadership. Through these workshops campers gained important life and leadership skills to apply in their everyday lives and in their future career endeavors. Camp GLOW is an experience unlike any other especially when you arrive at the beginning of camp surrounded by strangers and unsure of what to expect and by the end of the week you have become a part of a GLOW family with new lifelong friends ready to take on the world!
“For me camp meant a welcoming place filled with amazing people from different backgrounds. An accepting place where you can be your true self. Camp was also a great experience that taught me how to love and respect myself and in the meantime love and respect others. It has taught me how to be a great leader who can help and support other people who are struggling with the same problems that I was struggling with before camp.” Jovanka Panova (camper)
“GLOW is a life changing experience that everyone has to experience it at least once in their life. It changed me and my attitude, made me feel more confident in myself and it taught me to always say my opinion and to speak out. Also, I met amazing people who I still keep contact with and I’m really grateful for that. Would love to go back again!” Ana Marija Minova (camper)
“This year was my second time being at camp. And preparing for it was all over the place, I was nervous, but the good kind of nervous. The CIT [Counselor in Training] position meant I can have the best of both worlds. Still being a camper and also applying my leadership skills. The most important thing was working like a team with my counselor and making sure the campers have an amazing first experience. But still enjoying our own time at camp. So to anyone that is going to have any kind of experience I recommend to pack their positivity and good spirit, that’s all you you’ll need. I can promise you camp will influence you and inspire you to influence others.” Nadica Koloska (Counselors-In-Training)
“Camp GLOW brought upon a better period of my life. It introduced me to a lot of special people and educated me on important topics that are sometimes ignored in our society. GLOW helped me understand the potential I have as a leader in my community, and as a young woman, it helped me grow into myself as a confident, empowered person. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to be a part of this camp, because I don’t think I could have ever matured so much in such short time.” Dragana Gorgieva (Counselors-In-Training)
“So, Camp GLOW was the highlight of 2018 for me, and here is why. One thing I still come back to from time to time are the letters I received from the Kind words wall. I could never imagine how much those words would help me and encourage me to pursue my goals. It is really great to know that there are people who support you and root for you. Another thing I am sure I learned from Camp is the fact that I realized how many more opportunities are out there in the world, and that it is not luck, but hard work that will help me get those chances. That is thanks to the Employment fair, the Project Design Management etc. And last but not least, which I didn’t expect at all, is the fact that I have become so much more confident to express my opinions and thoughts outside of GLOW. Before camp, I thought that people wouldn’t understand, let alone respect, my thoughts on different subjects. At camp I learned that I am not the only one that has such opinions, and now it is so much easier to voice my thoughts. I never knew people were willing to listen to me”. Elena Mirova (camper).
We want to especially thank our donors: US Embassy, FOOM, European Endowment for Democracy (EED), and our corporate partners OKTA, Tinex, SASA Mine, Alkaloid, Pekabesko, Zikol and other corporate and individual donors for providing the monetary donations to make this unforgettable Camp GLOW 2018 possible.