This human rights program will focus specifically on the roots of conflict and the dynamics of justice, reconciliation, and peace building as experienced in Bosnia more than a decade after the signing of the peace accord. In particular, participants will gain experience in conflict resolution and transformation as well as deepen their understanding of the post-conflict challenges faced by Bosnians today, especially young people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Participants in this delegation to Bosnia will spend time in Sarajevo, the capital of the country that suffered from a 1,000-day siege from 1992-1995. The group will also travel to several locations in the provinces, including Srebrenica, the site of the largest massacre in Europe since the end of WWII, where over 8,200 Muslim men and boys were killed in the course of one week in July 1995. In addition to visiting these sites, the participants will have an opportunity to meet with various Bosnian NGOs working on issues of human rights, community development, youth empowerment, women’s rights, and conflict resolution. The delegation will include a workshop with Bosnian youth that will provide a space for mutual learning and sharing of the important lessons regarding various frameworks for observing and protecting human rights. Finally, the participants will have an opportunity to spend some time working hands-on with various organizations assisting them with their daily activities in order to gain direct experience.
Age Range: 18 – 35 (Student/Young Professional)
Program Tuition: $2500
Positions on this delegation are open until filled. Rolling admissions.
For more information, download the Bosnia Summer 2012 Program Description & Application: www.globalyouthconnect.org/participate.html