Testimonials

Camp GLOW 2007

Arete Youth

“I am grateful to Camp Glow's members and philosophy for showing me how to navigate the metamorphosis of mine and how to become the lady I have always wanted to be: independent and eternally GLOWing.”

Tsvetomira Malinova

Kyustendil, Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“For me, Camp GLOW was not just a unique experience and a week of fun. It turned out to be a way of life. It changed my attitude towards me and the people around me. It taught me to be more open- minded, optimistic, open to new people and experiences, and to express myself”

Antonia Staneva

Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“Camp GLOW CHANGED MY LIFE. Now I am really self-confident. I understand and appreciate the most valuable things in this life! I understand that attitude is an important factor in my development - other factors are respect, self-esteem, communication – you name it!”

Vania Belichenova

Velingrad, Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“I will never forget how I felt being part of something so positive and great. I’ve learned a lot life skills and lessons you can’t get in school. It is unbelievable opportunity for the Bulgarian teenage girls.”

Iva Tsankova Stoyneva

Dupnica, Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“Camp GLOW taught me to appreciate what I have. It also taught me that there are valuable things such as self-esteem and self-confidence.”

Assya Ivanova

Vratsa, Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“Camp GLOW had a great effect on me and my attitude toward others. The topics that we discussed were very useful and I learned new things that I hadn’t known until then. The session for human trafficking influenced me the most and the things that were mentioned during this discussion were very useful for me. Actually, everything was useful and I can't explain what exactly this influence was ... Camp GLOW meant and still means a lot to me.”

Valentina Doneva

Kavarna, Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“The Camp itself helped me to realize that I am able to achieve many things and moreover that i am capable of doing things that I haven't thought I could do. As a whole, I dare say that experience was the most meaningful and unforgettable in my life!”

Anjelina Vankova

Haskovo, Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“There are so many clever girls that deserve the opportunity to experience such things like Camp GLOW. This camp can change your life in the most unexpected way.”

Petya Konstantinova Kirova

Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“As strange as it sounds, Camp GLOW can change your life. It changes, for sure, your attitude towards life, towards the others. I consider myself really lucky to have taken part in this unforgettable experience. I made lots of new friends and I learned lots of new things – both about serious problems that young women are dealing with, and about myself. ”

Yanitsa Toneva

Varna, Bulgaria
 

Camp Zaedno Napred (Forward Together)

Arete Youth

“I will remember this camp for a long time because I met many good and intelligent young people. I think this is an excellent camp that enriched the lives of many young Roma.”

Ani Ilieva

Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“Even though I am Roma I didn’t know anything about the history of Roma and now I’m glad that thanks to this camp I learned a lot about my people and where they came from. Hearing my friends share their stories of how they’ve faced discrimination and how they worked to solve these problems really helped open my eyes to the situation.”

Jasmina Metodieva

Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“The Roma camp is a great opportunity for youth to find contact points and to reach their goals together, realizing that they are not alone on the road but that it is an ocean of obstacles. This is an investment in the future, because even though the camp lasts a short time, it gives youth a sense of the true side of life. ”

Angel Mirinov Kochev

Rakitovo, Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“Thank you to everyone who supported and organized this camp. My advice for this camp is to continue to work like this for Roma youth because in Bulgaria there are very few the people like you who teach young Roma about these useful and instructive things.”

Antonio Dimitrov

Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“All three Roma camps in which I took part were terrific experiences. There I got insight into the fullness of life and, most importantly, became acquainted with people from different ethnicities. In these camps I learned to lead intercultural dialogue, which is particularly meaningful these days!”

Ogi Ognyan

Shoumen, Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“I enjoyed the topic of education the most because I really do feel that educating ourselves is the only way for us as Roma youth to improve our lives.”

Lubomir Manov

Bulgaria
Arete Youth

“I think that all the topics and discussions were interesting but the most useful was about the problems facing young people. It helped me to realize what some of these problems were and ways that I can solve them for myself and the other young people in my community.”

Lubomir Georgiev

Bulgaria
 

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