Volunteer in Bosnia

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Community Development Project

Location: Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina

                          

With a goal of breaking down the still prevalent racial prejudices left in the wake of the Bosnian War of 1992-95, this wonderfully unique social development project was established with the sole purpose of creating and improving relationships between the young people of historically conflicting ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Through a combination of youth-focused education and arts projects based in Brcko in Bosnia’s North West, a region where unemployment figures are as high as 40%, this multi-ethnic ‘anti-segregation’ project aims to create and foster connections between young people from the area as well as increase their self-confidence to create opportunities for them to work toward a united and stable nation.

Dissolving generations of inherited, deep-seated racial prejudices can be a long and arduous task, and international volunteers, themselves from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds, demonstrating compassion and indiscriminate empathy to the children, play an important role in achieving the desired outcomes of this ambitious project.

Through an ongoing series of fun and social workshops, held every Monday to Friday in a local youth center in Brcko town, the project caters to approximately 30 local children and youth aged from 4 to 14, who together share in creative, team-building games and activities with the aim of uniting them by learning about one another.

For international volunteers this is a highly varied program, which can be tailored to suit the skills and interests of each participant. There are several areas of focus and volunteers generally assist where the need is greatest, or where their skills are best suited, but usually include sharing knowledge or presenting classes/activities in the fields of:

  • Arts
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Languages

Whilst the workshops are designed to be fun and educational, the participants learn not only to socialize with each other, but learn about different cultures, to become team players and to follow different rules.

Volunteers on this amazing project live together in one of several shared apartments in Brcko, where they will have their own private bedroom and share a kitchen, living room and bathroom with up to 3 others. Each volunteer is responsible for preparing their own meals on this project (food cost are not included in the program fee), but there are also a multitude of cafes, bars and restaurants in the town or you can buy food in the local shops and supermarkets. Internet access is available at the volunteer accommodation, as well as at the project site and the local team’s office.

Due to the nature of this project, volunteers are required to participate for a minimum of four (4) weeks. As volunteers on this program will be working with young people of mixed language ability, with only some of whom speaking English (or German), each volunteer is expected to study the local language/s (Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian) during their time in Brcko and to this end they will each be provided with a short language course as part of the program!

This is a truly life-changing project, dealing with real-world issues. Become a Love Volunteer and help us break down the walls of racial prejudice!

PROGRAM CLOSURES: Please note this program is closed from mid-December to mid-January every year. 

For a list of fees for this program click here.