GLOW: Planning An Azerbaijani Girls' Leadership Camp

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

John Ungerleider


GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp was first established by a group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Romania in 1995. Since then GLOW has grown to over 60 countries, where Peace Corps Volunteers serve, to promote the empowerment of women. In Azerbaijan, GLOW Camp is a week-long summer camp for 48 girls, ages 14-16 years old, who come from all across the country. The camp’s goals include promoting gender equality, empowering young women in setting goals, developing leadership capacity, and building self-esteem and confidence.

This CLC Capstone is a reflection of the researcher’s time as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer serving as co-director of GLOW Camp in 2014. It asks the question of how can the camp’s nine-month planning process be strengthened while improving host country national participation. To build on the researcher’s personal reflections the paper includes data from camp surveys conducted the prior year, observations made of Peace Corps Volunteers and host country national committee members, and article findings on similar youth leadership camps. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Peace Corps Youth Development program in Azerbaijan was closed (as of December 2014, Peace Corps is no longer operating in Azerbaijan) and camp was cancelled. In conclusion, this paper summarizes what the next possible steps for GLOW will be while operating without the presence of Peace Corps.


Family, Life Course, and Society | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | International and Area Studies | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Organization Development | Women's Studies

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