What happens when you bring about 40 young girls ages 16-20 and put them in a room with a number of talented local IT professionals & trainers together for two weeks to learn about IT?
The last two weeks were full of a mix of multiple languages; Romanian, English, Russian, and coding. These girls learned how to build websites through different coding languages using Python, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Flask, in addition to other components like responsive design and social media marketing. This is the first year for the #GirlsGoIT summer camp with 2 goals; one being to introduce coding and critical thinking skills to young girls ages 16-20 and the other to integrate various social groups together in the same camp. The girls were divided up into 6 teams and worked together to build a website to solve a problem in their communities. It had been a very intense schedule where the girls worked long days on their projects, sometimes 12-14 hours a day.
I asked a few girls to share with me “What did you like most about the #GirlsGoIT summer camp?”
“Girls Go IT camp gave us the opportunity to meet awesome people, to learn about HTML, CSS, bootstrap, flask, and nevertheless, we created a site based on our new knowledge!” – Carolina
“People! People are amazing here. And it was funny, sometimes hard, but nevertheless, I liked it here.” – Valeria
“These two weeks were the most beautiful weeks of this summer. Here I met the most wonderful, beautiful and amazing people ever.” – Veronica
On the last night of the Girls Go IT summer camp, our lovely hosts at the Bahmut Club made a delicious meal and pulled out some fun surprises. We celebrated the end of the camp and their deployment of their sites with cake, paper lanterns, and a huge bonfire.
A little cake-face-smashing happened somehow in the evening as well.
And these ladies… words cannot explain how grateful I am to have served and worked alongside each of them these past two weeks and the “new” memories and experiences we shared during this time. As fellow Peace Corps Volunteers from the same year and program (yay M29 COD!) I am so glad we are here together in Moldova.
So to answer the question posed at the beginning of this post… “What happens when you bring about 40 young girls ages 16-20 and put them in a room with a number of talented local IT professionals & trainers together for two weeks to learn about IT?”
It becomes a room full of inspiration, hard work, determination, tears, learning, laughter and best of all… new friendships.