Reach your full, glowing potential

A unique seven-day experience, aimed at girls who are motivated to grow personally and meet other inspiring girls.

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Raising awareness about prominent issues

Critical thinking, awareness, and problem solving are qualities which lie at the heart of strong leadership. Throughout the Academy, various activities stimulate the girls to think, plan, and ask questions to understand wholistically a range of topics, such as education, women’s rights, the media, the environment, diversity, and many more.

Promoting personal development

By reflecting on issues ranging from identity and self esteem to values and decision making, we encourage the girls to meet and understand the leader in them. We empower these young women to set goals and be in control of their personal growth.

Increasing civic engagement

We encourage active citizenship essential for leaders by engaging the girls with European and human values both in theory and practice through a day-long social project. Debates, discussions, role-playing, and case-studies prompt the girls to formulate their own opinions and nurture a sense of responsibility for their communities.

Why apply

Developing transferable skills

Almost any activity run by the Academy can be linked to teamwork, effective communication, and creative thinking. Whether it is learning to manage time, stress, or money, or making a good impression at an interview, we equip the girls with the tools to prosper in a multitude of different contexts.


There is an inspiring leader in every girl and we are convinced that self-esteem is central to bringing that leader out. This is why at the Academy, we dedicate time to explore and reflect on issues like mental health, peer pressure, personal values, and fulfilling one’s capacity in a safe, constructive, and energizing community of girls.

Building a supportive community

At the Academy, we strive to create a constructive and safe environment where girls will feel more confident to step out of their comfort zone. This is how we catalyse the formation of valuable and lasting friendships. Being a GLOW alumna entails belonging to a network of supportive women leaders.

Who can apply

If you are a girl who is motivated to grow personally and meet other inspiring girls and:

is between 14 and 18 years old
currently lives in Bulgaria
speaks English

Educational methods

The Leadership Academy is based on the “peers teach peers” informal learning method.

This means that every year, the Academy is organised by a team of young Bulgarian women. These GLOW alumni exhibit exceptional teamwork, commitment, and motivation by volunteering their time and energy to work with our NGO. We owe the zeal of the GLOW spirit to this “peer to peer” interaction which lies at the heart of how GLOW is run.

In the months leading up to the academy, they continue their personal development and enhance their leadership skills through a series of trainings. In the meantime they prepare most of the various sessions and workshops that are to take place during the academy.


"The Academy graduates are citizens of the world"

Kristabel Luccia Kontá - Lerman

"Don't think twice"

Nihal Niyazieva

"Joy, friendships, hard work, knowledge, excitement"

Tsvetelina Dzhonova

"The most fruitful week of my life."


"I've never felt more accepted, happy and at home"

Hristina Aleksieva

"More than just a leadership academy"

Angelina Arnaudova


The Staff Team are girls who have already graduated from the academy and are returning as part of the GLOW Team as team coordinators. The Staff consist of three roles: JCs, Cs and Volunteers.

Meet the staff


The Cs or Counselors are girls who are GLOW staff members for two or three consecutive years. Together with a JC they form a team of two whose responsibility is the organization of the main activities happening during LA GLOW as well as the supervision of a Team of campers during the academy.

Meet the Cs


The JCs or Junior Counselors are girls who return as GLOW staff members for the first time. Together with another JC or a C they form a team of two whose responsibility is the organization of the main activities happening during LA GLOW as well as the supervision of a Team of campers during the academy.

Meet the JCs


The Volunteers are usually girls returning as Staff members for the first time after they have graduated as campers, as well. The role of the volunteer consists again of organisation of activities as well assistance of the staff members during the academy. They are also responsible for the GLOW Shop.

Meet the Volunteers

The Sustainability team are girls who have already been Staff members and have been promoted to Sustainability members. The Sustainability team is divided into Marketing team and Program team.

Meet the sustainability teamMeet the Sustainability team

Marketing team

The Marketing team is in charge of managing the GLOW website, the GLOW shop, GLOW’s social media accounts as well as any social gatherings. 

Program team

The Program team is responsible for the planning and organisation of the activities occurring during the academy. They also make sure the information taught during the academy is up to date and relevant for the girls attending LA GLOW.


Think you found a match for us? If you are a GLOW alumna or work with young, motivated girls who are:

  • 👸 between 14 and 18 years old
  • 🇧🇬 currently live in Bulgaria
  • 💬 speak English

You should nominate her for Leadership Academy GLOW!

By highlighting her leadership potential, your recommendation will increase her likelihood of being admitted to the academy. + add email/age/name
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