Camp TORCH 2018

  • Education
  • Women & Gender
  • Youth
  • Ukraine
This project is led by Kaitlyn Klein, a Volunteer from Utah

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Camp TORCH is a camp for the Thoughtful Organization of the Rights of Children. The purpose of the 7-day camp is to educate Ukrainian children, ages 13-17, about their rights under the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. Camp TORCH was designed to empower Ukrainian Youth. TORCH teaches campers about their rights as children within the scope of their experience in Ukraine. TORCH takes place over 1 week in the Carpathian Mountains where campers, Ukrainian Counselors, and Peace Corps Volunteers discuss the different issues facing Ukrainian children and how we can empower others to make changes. The overarching topics of this year’s camp will be Human Rights, Environmental Awareness, Vulnerable Groups, and Health in Ukraine. We will also work with Project Management, Public Speaking, Media Literacy, and Conflict Resolution. Non-traditional education and the promotion of soft skills are important for the ongoing development of children. These skills will also help develop critical thinking which is a big push from the Department of Education. TORCH is a camp designed to empower campers to be agents of change as Ukraine works towards joining the EU and informing campers of their rights and the rights of those around them as Ukraine diversifies and changes. The trainings will promote human rights education and youth leadership. The lessons will be conducted in a mixture of Ukrainian and English, further campers’ knowledge of English and getting comfortable with discussions in English. When campers leave they put on a project in their community discussing one of the topics they have learned or organizing a service project to spread the ideas to others. Camp TORCH is supported by a local school whose English teacher will Co-Direct the camp and The Carpathian National Park who will be providing classroom spaces, park access and environmental trainers.

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