The first week of the Mostar Summer Youth Program is over. Classes began on Monday covering such diverse subjects as Modern Cluture and Media, International Relations, Study Skills, Ethics, Ethnographic Techniques, Business Development, Social Project Design, Human Rights, Tourism in Mostar, Literature and Language - to name just a few.
Each day, after classes, we organised some activities and guest speakers. These included a games session organised by Mostar-based non-profit Youth Power, an inspirational story from a young woman who successfully took over her family business at the age of 17 after her father passed, a somewhat provocative question and answer session about the media with a local journalist, and a very relevant and interesting presentation about international opportunities for further education.
We ended the week with a day hike through the beautiful Blidinje National Park organised by MTB-Blidinje (mtb-blidinje.net). They provided a guided four-hour hike followed by a wonderful lake-side picnic. The weather turned a little cold so everyone was grateful for the opportunity to cook food around an open fire. Judging by the laughter and noise in the coach on the way home, the students are really enjoying the program and making new friends.