Peace Corps' Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World)
Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to visit with several of our dedicated Volunteers in Macedonia and observe their outstanding commitment to public service. One stop was particularly moving for me. I attended Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), a summer camp organized by 17 Peace Corps Volunteers who serve as counselors to an ethnically and culturally diverse group of young Macedonian women, ranging in age from 14 to 18. The weeklong camp was administered in cooperation with counselors from Macedonia, many of whom were alumni campers.
The Macedonia camp, which encourages self confidence and challenges campers to think beyond traditional gender roles, is one of many around the world hosted by our Volunteers. Fellow Volunteers in countries like Belize, Benin, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Morocco, Tonga, and Ukraine are empowering young women through –these camps, creating a safe and supportive environment for cultural exchange, leadership development, and fun.
Camp GLOW is a stellar example of the legacy of Peace Corps service. The first such camp was established by Peace Corps Volunteers in Romania 15 years ago. Since 1995, Volunteers in 60 countries have established similar programs to promote the empowerment of women. The concept has been adapted and developed since originally conceived, with one group of Volunteers passing along the lessons learned to the next group of Volunteers who serve as counselors and mentors.
Mavrovo, Macedonia: GLOW campers meet for a classroom session entitled: Affecting Change
Mavrovo, Macedonia: Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams meets with the Peace Corps volunteers working at the 2010 Camp GLOW.
For more information about Peace Corp's Camp GLOW checkout this video.
To learn more about the Peace Corps go to www.peacecorps.gov.
Aaron S. Williams is the Director of the Peace Corps. Mr. Williams served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1967-1970.
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