May 14, 2015

7 social campaigns in 5 communities were organized by the 2015 GLOW Leadership Academy trainers

The workshop in Haskovo in the riterement home
The workshop in Haskovo in the riterement home

7 social campaigns in 5 communities all over Bulgaria were organized by the 2015 GLOW Leadership Academy trainers. The initiatives took place February - April and included:

  • social work with children with disabilities
  • workshops for successful intergenerational communication
  • voluntarism in a pet shelter
  • ecology lectures
  • awareness raising campaign for the prevention of bullying at school
  • risks of eating disorders- educational campaign 

The campaigns took place in Dobrich, Haskovo, Kavarna, Sofia and Stara Zagora and involved more than 200 people of all ages and social background.


The GLOW alumna Reni Pavlova  planned and realized an activity day for the children with disabilities living in the Center for Family in Dobrich. Reni, who is passionate about helping others, shared: “As in Bulgaria people with diseases are mostly kicked out and bullied by the society, I thought that this initiative is going to be of a big importance to get out of the box. I asked for more information about the kids and was very interested in their stories. I wanted to be prepared for my visit. I knew their names, age, favorite activities and so on. I did a CD with Bulgarian children songs, bought colorful balloons and sweets for the children in regards to their own tastes. I spent my day with the kids. We listened to music, read books, communicated as much as we could and I helped with the lunch and dinner (as some of them could not eat alone).  I really enjoyed my time with the kids and I think that I made them feel much better than before. By the time I got home I got a call from the Centre and they were very grateful for my visit. They said that in their opinion I would have a big importance in the children`s development. I was kindly invited for another visit as soon as possible. I was very happy to hear that, so I was on line the next day and spent again good time with the kids.

Our volunteers walking the dogs from the shelter
Our volunteers walking the dogs from the shelter
The lecture on how we can save the environment
The lecture on how we can save the environment
Reni Palova during her social work in Dobrich
Reni Palova during her social work in Dobrich
Feb 18, 2015

The Preparation of GLOW Leadership Academy 2015 Continues

The preparation of Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Leadership Academy 2015 continues actively. In November 2014, 14 new staff members were selected among more than 30 applicants all of whom are GLOW Leadership Academy alumnae. The selected girls are 16 to 18 years old and come from 7 different towns and cities around the country. They will be responsible for leading group activities for this year’s campers as well supporting the overall organization of the Academy.

At the beginning of February the new staff members underwent an intensive 3-day training that focused on group moderation, techniques for successful teamwork, working with children etc.The training was conducted by experienced Alumnae of the Academy. The new staff members will also take a number of online trainings and workshops over the next five months in order to improve their presentation skills and knowledge of the topics discussed during the Academy. The staff members will be divided in pairs - one Counselor and one Junior Counselor for each group of campers - which will allow them to help and complement each other during the Academy and also practice their teamwork skills.

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Nov 17, 2014

GLOW Leadership Academy touched the lives of another 75 Bulgarian girls

With our guest speaker - Sasha Bezuhanova
With our guest speaker - Sasha Bezuhanova

Dear Friend,

With the help of your generous donation, Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Leadership Academy touched the lives of another 75 Bulgarian girls in 2014. GLOW continues to leave unforgettable memories and a desire for further self-development with our participants.  

The Academy included many diverse sessions dedicated to leadership, teamwork, effective communication, decision making and goal setting. Specifically, when Ms. Sasha Bezuhanova, Hewlett Packard's CEE Public Sector Director in Bulgaria, presented she shared valuable lessons for not only professional development but personal as well.  Addition highlights included: the “Gender roles” session held by Jeanie Hatcherson (Professor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Connecticut), where . the girls learned about educational programs provided by institutions such as the European Union, the United Nations, and  universities in the EU and U.S.

Every year, GLOW dedicates some of the sessions on personally development such as public speaking, goal setting, and organizational skills. One specifically session - . “Life Vision and Self Reflection,.” Using the power of positive thinking and visualizing their dreams, the girls learned how to stimulate their inner motivation to achieve their goals. Along with the educational sessions, there were daily meditation sessions and creative workshops, in addition to evening session..  Each evening, the participants enjoyed thematic nights and parties organized by the staff as a well-deserved fun and relaxation after a day of sessions. One of the most important aspects of the program was our social campaign called “Smiles for free” aimed at making the emotional climate in Veliko Tarnovo happier. While passing by through the local park, people from the community encountered five different stations organized by GLOW girls, each of them offering different activity such as drawing, reading, etc.

The Academy does not end with the conclusion of the activities during the one-week long camp. After all participants went home, they were asked to provide feedback and deeper evaluation of their experience so next year GLOW Leadership Academy can be even better. As a conclusion to this year’s camp and continuation to next year’s, GLOW has launched a competition for choosing the trainers for GLOW Leadership Academy 2015. By the end of November, 10 girls that took part in Academy this year, will be selected to come back next summer as trainers.  

Once again, we would like to thank you for supporting the GLOW Leadership Academy!

Sincerely,

GLOW Bulgaria

The social campaign Smiles for Free in photos
The social campaign Smiles for Free in photos
Our sessions included lectures and games
Our sessions included lectures and games
A glimpse of our thematic evenings and parties
A glimpse of our thematic evenings and parties
The social campaign Smiles for Free in photos
The social campaign Smiles for Free in photos

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