American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Bright Life Camp Issyk-kul

Bright Life Camp Issyk-kul


Initial situation / problem statement

The majority of school children in villages near Karakol such as Ak-Suu (Teplokluchenka), Zyndan, Maman, Kerege-Tash, Kaiyrma-Aryk, Novovoznesenovka, and Boz-Uchuk have problems with extracurricular activity courses. There are no courses, which would help children develop their artistic skills. Most children do not know how to spend their time productively. They come straight home and do tasks at home. Except this, they are not able to discover their artistic skills and broaden them. Those children who are passionate to learn fine arts cannot have an opportunity to attend art courses, since such courses do not exist.

During the last implementation of this camp (1-7 July, in Ak-Suu) many children were passionate about learning origami and playing active games and activities as well. Fine arts especially origami, painting, and handicraft develop patience and focus, which are crucial in children’s development.


Goal Statement

To organize an educational summer camp for 25 children at the beginning of June 2017 in order to develop and improve their knowledge and skills in origami, painting, and handicraft. The secondary goal is to familiarize children with modern art and generate interest in new things and motivate them to teach 10 friends in the future.


Target group

The camp will take place in the Ak-Suu village near Karakol town in the Issyk-Kul region. 20 elementary and 5 high school students from schools named after Mamakeev and Kirov will participate in the camp.


Resources and responsibilities

Our team consists of 5 high school volunteers who will help teach elementary school children. They will come earlier to help me make necessary things such as to cut and prepare a paper for origami, check whether there is enough equipment for all children.

Necessary equipment is paper, pencils, colored pencils, erasers, watercolors, colorful paper, glues, wool, soaps, strings, needles for embroidery. Also, local volunteers in village Ak-Suu and in Karakol will be invited to make the camp more interesting and helpful for school children. Children will network with them and practice foreign languages they know.


Partnership and Cooperation

The main partner is the JICA volunteer group. Volunteers from Japan will be conducting masterclasses on origami.



The project needs funding of 400 USD for stationery for school and supplies for handicrafts, which are necessary to have.


Timeframe and milestones

The approximate dates of the camp would be May 27-June 2, 2017. The duration of the camp is 7 days:

  • 2 days of training for high school volunteers;
  • 5 days of teaching elementary school children.


Contact information

Aiperi Iskakova –,

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