Attention Current Nica PCVs: GLOW 2016 Applications due Oct 30th!

Dear Fellow PCVs,

WHAT & WHEN:

Peace Corps Gender and Development (GAD) Committee will be holding the 4th Annual Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) in the Tisey Reserve, south of Esteli from January 25th to January 29th 2016 at Eco Posada Tisey. The camp will focus on developing healthy communication skills, empowering girls to become role models in society, and promoting gender equality.

HOW: 

Applications and permission slips will be due FridayOctober 30th, 2015. All girls ages 12-16 are encouraged to apply.  They need to be scanned/photographed and sent to Rachel Ganz, HE 63, or placed in her locker in the office.

Find the 2016 Camp GLOW Application document here.

WHO:

Participation is open to any Nicaraguan girl who meets the following criteria:

∙  Is between 12 to 16 years of age

∙  Demonstrates role-model qualities

Each participant will need to pay a non-refundable fee of c$100 to save their spot, which must be turned in to their respective PCV. This c$100 is not for their transport. Transport to the camp will be reimbursed to the youth during camp, meaning the youth will need to front the money for their initial transport to camp. Their return transport will also be given to them during the camp.  All meals and a bed are provided.

This year, you can nominate up to 4 girls from your community and, if selected, they will be headed towards the best experience!  Following the Leadership Camp model, we ask that when you nominate a youth that you fill in the “RANK” box at the top of the application, putting 1 for the applicant you most want to attend, 2 for second, and so on to make known your personal opinion of the best qualified nominees.

We will contact you about which participants were selected by Friday, November 13th and you will need to help them in preparing to come to camp and help them raise the c$100 and initial transportation cost. Money will be due Friday, December 11th.

The general information and camp norms are included on the first page of the application and should be retained by the applicant for their information.  Only the second and third pages need to be turned in.

Important:

Current Nicaragua PCVs are essential to the success of Camp Glow. If girls from your community are selected to participate in Camp Glow you will be our primary point of contact throughout the process. You will be responsible for:

  • Making sure applications and copy of permission slips are turned in and complete
  • Ranking your nominations
  • Providing the packing list when selected
  • Collecting non-refundable C$100 (fundraising with your girls) and turning it in to Rachel Ganz by Friday December 11th
  • Finding a replacement if your girl camper drops out after January 1st
  • Holding on to permission slips (until travel day) because the girl will need a hard copy of parental permission
  • Accompanying your selected girls to central meeting point before camp
  • Supporting a project led by girls after camp in your community
  • Communicating with your selected camper(s), Rachel Ganz and rest of GAD Committee

Thank you very much for helping making Camp GLOW a fun and positive experience in Nicaragua!  Make sure that you don’t let your youth miss this amazing opportunity, there are only 50 spots, so get them in as soon as possible.

– Rachel Ganz, Health 63

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