Love Volunteers

Youth Community Development Supporter

Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina show on map
Promote anti-segregation and build at risk youth’s confidence and self-worth. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

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.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide support for at-risk children in Bosnian and Herzegovina
  • Foster positive relationships and understanding between peoples
  • Promote anti-segregation and build at risk youth’s confidence and self-worth
  • Provide an opportunity for cross cultural exchange between volunteers and locals

How you can help

This volunteer program provides essential support to ensure this program can fulfil its aim for an inclusive society.  Volunteers play a crucial role in enabling youth to attend and participate in a program that will open their eyes and promote healing and understanding. Through an ongoing series of fun and social workshops, held every Monday to Friday in a local youth center, 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 across the arts, music, drama, sports, geography and 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.

To achieve the ambitious and courageous goals of this program, the program works on several areas of focus which volunteers will assist with:

  • Deliver team building activities and work on projects with youth
  • Support and encourage youth through various discussions and activities
  • Organize other activities, games and mentoring as required
  • Assist program staff with organization and other task as required

Please note

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.

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

8:00am Breakfast at the Volunteer Apartment or nearby cafe

9:45am Walk or bus to the project site

10:30am Pre-start meeting with the program supervisor

11:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Lunch is taken at midday at an eatery near to the project site

3:30pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

3:45pm Debrief with the project supervisor

4:00pm Walk or bus to the Volunteer Apartment or run errands in town

Evenings Free time or optional volunteering duties.

Evenings are free to relax and explore the local area or volunteers may like to be involved in assisting with evening language workshops for young people and adults. Volunteers are also welcome to help with the coordination of any annual events that may be taking place.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every MONDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

This program is located in the Bosnian city of Brcko, on the North Eastern border with Croatia. Bosnia is well on the way to overcoming the stigma of civil war and Brcko in particular is soon to become one of Europe's destination cities. Whilst visitors should pay homage to the reminders of war time horrors, the vibrant cafe culture and outdoor activities in the mountainous regions make this city a destination for the future as well as the past.
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Emergency contact, Resume and Passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
While this project is best suited to those pursuing a career in the fields of anthropology, social work, social entrepreneurship and/or economics, volunteers who simply wish to be involved in a more ‘varied’ project are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist and individual projects can often be tailored to suit the particular skills and interests or each participant.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 - 15:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
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  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Accommodation

Volunteers on this program are accommodated in comfortable Volunteer Apartments in Brcko. Each volunteer has a private bedroom while bathroom facilities are shared with 1 or 2 other volunteers. The communal kitchen, dining and living areas are a great place to prepare meals, relax and socialize. Internet access is available in the Apartment and linen and laundry facilities are provided with hot water on tap for showers. Easy!

The accommodation is within walking distance to your program placement.

The accommodation on this program is self-catering (meals are not included in the program fees) and volunteers can make use of the kitchen facilities in the apartment to prepare meals by purchasing groceries locally or may like to dine out at one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants located within easy reach of the Volunteer Apartment. 

Bosnian cuisine has Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and European influences so there is something to suit all palates. Try Ćevapi - grilled meat sausages served with condiments – or Begova Čorba (‘Bey’s Stew) - a delicious traditional soup.

Bedroom (Single)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Belgrad Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) in Belgrade. We assist you to find cheap flights to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Bosnia and Herzegovina provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Bosnia and Herzegovina you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 918
8 weeks
$ 1,424
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,964
Average fees
$ 197 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Brcko/Bosnia and Herzegovina between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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