Volunteering & Alumni CLUBS
Jan 1 – Dec 31 all-day

The mission of our clubs 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.

The support which GLOW-YMLP Clubs receive from YMCA includes funding, mentoring, and unique opportunities for training and skills development. These clubs have 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.

Some clubs are allowed to be more flexible in their responsibilities, and while they have the opportunity to receive tangible support from YMCA, they also have the option of creating their own club experience. All clubs members are expected to take part in the service projects organized by the Club.

Click here to register your Club!

Photo from the GLOW & YMLP clubs in Tetovo


Follow the activities of the clubs all over the country on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube.


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.

Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) @ Begova Korija (Shula Mina)
Jul 25 – Aug 1 all-day

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.


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.



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:


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
– Towel
– Toiletries
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)
– Flashlight
– Sleeping Bag + pad (can be rented at camp for 300 MKD for the entire week)

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMP GLOW via: #CampGLOW Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

At anytime, questions and comments may be directed towards the following email address:

Interested in Learning More?


Info graphic from the survey at Camp GLOW 2018

GLOW History

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.


Call for Mentors for the GLOW & YMLP clubs 2019!
Aug 9 – Aug 18 all-day

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.

Since this is relatively new program, is also expected to communicate with the YMCA all new ideas they will have in order to better this whole concept of alumni clubs throughout the country.

Apply for Club’s Mentor!


Call for “Enjoy Eat!” in Italy @ Bergolo, Italy
Oct 16 – Oct 24 all-day

This training provides new tools in the frame of non-formal education that uses cooking, food and nutrition and will enable the youth workers to be more efficient in supporting the young people they are working with, through:

* rising soft skills and attitudes needed to enter the labor market or to improve their job occupation * increasing their intercultural sensitivity, their ability to live in harmony in contact with cultural difference * learn to embrace a healthier life style.

Dates: 16 – 24 October 2019
Place: Bergolo – Piedmont, Italy
Trainers: Ilaria Goria, Zsuzsanna Pozsony

More details about the training here.

Applicants must be 18+ old.



Get to know all provided information from the website before you write to us!
Apply only when you know you want to participate and you have the dates of the training available.

This is learning program funded by Erasmus+ programme.
That requires commitment. You will be asked to organize a follow-up activity after the program. Travel reimbursement is only sent to those who fully participate in all phases, including the follow-up and dissemination.

Apply on:

Deadline for the Macedonian applications is: 10 September 2019.

For this event there is 60 EUR participation/sending fee. More details will follow after you show interest.


Call for “COACH YOUR TEAM BY COACHING YOURSELF” in Bulgaria @ Bulgaria
Oct 22 – Oct 29 all-day

This is an advanced coaching training course, for people who already know / have / practice some basic coaching style, or a method. Recommended for those who want to polish their methods and quality of working with and for people.

Arrival: 21 Oct;
Program: 22-29 Oct;
Departure 30 Oct.
Trainers: Anna Sipos, Tihomir Georgiev
Venue and further details will be announced to confirmed participants by email!

More details in the infopack here.

The program is intensive and challenging.
The program does NOT include cultural and touristic sightseeing.
Get to know all provided information in the info letter before you submit your application form!
Apply only when you know you want to participate and you have the dates of the training available.

This is learning program funded by Erasmus+ programme.
That requires commitment. You will be asked to organize a follow-up activity after the program. Travel reimbursement is only sent to those who fully participate in all phases, including the follow-up and dissemination.

Apply on:

Deadline for the Macedonian applications is: 25 August 2019.

For this event there is 60 EUR participation fee.




YMCA Corporate Sponsorship Reception 2019 @ Hotel Park & Spa, Restaurant (Four)
Nov 6 @ 18:00 – 20:00
YMCA Corporate Sponsorship Reception 2019 @ Hotel Park & Spa, Restaurant (Four) | Skopje | Skopje | Macedonia (FYROM)

This is the sixth year in a row we organize the Reception for Corporate Partners of the GLOW & YMLP Youth Development Program.

During the event, we share our gratitude to our corporate partners who have been with us sponsoring the youth program, but also investing in the education of young people and future leaders of Macedonia.

Beside our corporate partners, at the event we invite also other companies who value and practice the Corporate Social Responsibility in their operations and contribute to the overall community development. For those who are coming at the event for the first time, we provide opportunity to inform them about two premium leadership camps for young people, the GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) and YMLP (Young Men’s Leadership Project) camps as well as for our camper alumni community service GLOW & YMLP clubs .

In the previous years, the GLOW & YMLP Youth Development Program have relied heavily on U.S. Embassy funding. For this program to become sustainable, the necessary support must come from Macedonia’s companies. The corporate representatives have the opportunity to: 1) demonstrate their corporate social responsibility; 2) build good will for their company and the products and services they provide; and 3) create a legacy in developing the future leaders of Macedonia, by being our corporate sponsor.

At the event the guests also will have opportunity to listen former campers about their experiences at camps this summer and how GLOW and YMLP camps have helped them to shape their personality and to become individuals who are today – active, engaged, and confident Macedonian leaders. These are the Macedonia’s bright and inspiring leaders for the future. Investing in GLOW and YMLP is investing in the future of Macedonia.

The event is hosted by YMCA and our main partner Peace Corps.

Attending the event is possible only by invitation from the YMCA due limited space.

Read about our previous YMCA Corporate Sponsorship Reception 2018.

GLOW & YMLP Impact Summit @ NOVA School (high school building)
Dec 21 @ 10:00 – 17:00
GLOW & YMLP Impact Summit @ NOVA School (high school building)

The GLOW & YMLP Impact Summit is a national event in which GLOW and YMLP clubs leaders come together and share their positive practices in working on service projects back in their own communities, inspire each other and learn new skills they can become agents of change  to make a greater impact back home.

The goal of the event is to bring staff and campers alumni from the GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) and YMLP (Young Men Leadership Project) camps together to highlight the community service the campers and staff completed in their home communities via their local GLOW or YMLP clubs.

The event is also a great way for reunion to bring staff and campers from GLOW and YMLP together to talk and share about what everyone has been doing since camp in the summer. The invitation is extended to all camp alumni from GLOW and YMLP 2019 as well as club leaders and active members who have completed a service project in the fall semester.

Applications for the event.

At this years event will attend 60 participants from across the country!

We can’t wait to see all of the campers from our 2019 camps and talk about the impact we have made in our communities since our amazing weeks together over the summer. Of course, we will be having some fun too.

The overall program in 2019 is supported by:

Grant from Horus Macedonia.

and generous donations from by our Corporate Partners and Supporters:
Mermeren kombinat and OKTA as gold level sponsors
SASA mine and TAV Airoprts as silver level sponsors
Alkaloid as bronze level sponsor
Kromberg & Schubert as supporter
ESM as Donor
and from lots of individual donors who supported our cause and the mission of our youth development program via our crowd funding campaign.

This program since the very beginning has been supported by the US Embassy.

Отворени часови / Open hours @ YMCA Bitola
Jan 1 – Dec 31 all-day


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!

Волонтирај во Европа @ YMCA Bitola
Jan 2 2020 – Dec 31 2021 all-day

ИМКА Битола ти нуди можност за волонтирање и во Европа!

Европскиот Солидарен Корпус (поранешниот Европски Волонтерски Сервис) е програма на Европска Унија која им овозможува на млади помеѓу 17-30 години да волонтираат во странство од 2-12 месеци.

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: (пребарувате согласно Вашите временски планови, тема и земја каде би сакале да волонтирате), (пребарувате под „Младински размени“, „Европски Солидарен Корпус“ или „Тренинзи“)

Отворените повици за волонтирање ги објавуваме на фејсјбук. Доколку имате прашања може да не контактирајте и на меил:

Долгорочен ЕСК/ЕВС проект во Олде Вехте, Холандија @ Olde Vechte Foundation
Jan 2 – Dec 31 all-day

Можност за долгорочно волонтирање во Олде Вехте фондацијата во Холандија. Волонтирањето ќе се остварува согласно условите на Европскиот Солидарен Корпус.

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