Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Project Support

OUR PROJECT aims to enhance improve develop youth workers competences

Below you can find a timeline blog where you can see and read by day what we done prior, during and after main project activity :)

This project was financed by European Commission under Erasmus plus programme


Camp LIPA visit, project completion ceremony, final evaluation and Bosnian night

In the morning participants were ready for a trip and info visit to camp LIPA. There we met with representatives of Service for Foreigners Affairs who are administrating the camp. We were told about the current situation there, what services are provided and NGOs in the field present. Our participants had opportunity to try some local dishes made by beneficiaries of the camp as well as to ask them questions and interact more. Same as with previous visit to Borici camp here was the same instructions from authorities, no photos were allowed, and we had to visit in two big groups due to epidemiological situation. As nearby was a National Park Una, we went there for a short visit to beautiful Strbacki buk waterfalls and took a lunch break there. On return to hotel we had final evaluation activity,and also project completion ceremony. Dinner was a surprise for last night as it was a Bosnian intercultural night where dinner was served in a traditional way, we were welcomed by the traditional dancers and live music. It was unforgettable experience and Bosnian team presented their culture, dances, food and traditions in a very creative and fun way!

Visit to camp, joint projects and dissemination resources

Our first activity for today was a visit to temporary reception center Borici in Bihac. After short 20 minute walk we arrived in front of the center where we were welcomed by the representative of Service for Foreigners Affairs who divided us into groups due to current epidemiological measures for an info visit inside. Each group, one by one, was going towards each partner NGO on the field and hearing what they do, how their daily work looks like, what challenges they face as well as examples of good practices in their daily work they use. Afterwards participants had the chance to talk with beneficiaries of the camp about their life here, obstacles they face and future plans. Also we had opportunity to see examples of sport games which they use for kids in the camp. Time passed so quickly that we had to go for a lunch. After lunch we had two more sessions: On first session trainer explained to participants in short Erasmus+ app form and further information about youth exchanges, and later on we were divided into mixed groups where we had to use our knowledge and skills to develop jointly future project ideas and present to others while on second session we had to think of all ways of dissemination of our project and what resources each NGO in country has and ideas which can be shared with each other. We finished the work activities with daily reflection. During night we had unique experience of team Ireland and Malta having their intercultural evening.

Balkan route, TRC info and perfecting our games

First part of the day was dedicated to the Balkan migrant route - case of Bosnia and Herzegovina and also trainer shared his experience of working in one of the reception centers in the region. Participants gained knowledge on how the route was formed, when, what are consequences of it, how does it affect BiH and what is the current situation. On the other hand, sharing experience on one of the reception centers participants managed to be informed about how it functions and what are the daily activities there as well as interoperability and intercommunication between organizations on the field. Furthermore positive examples of using sport as a tool of good practice for inclusion of migrants and asylum seekers in the camp was presented. It was indeed a nice discussion as many questions were raised during it and answered. Second part of the day was on local sport field where we were further practicing our games and finalizing instructions for the sport games based on trial and error and feedback of all participants.

October 2019

NGO Fair, communication bridge, open space

We started the day with a short introduction of each NGO participating in the project so that participants could use the info provided in next days in order to develop joint project ideas. Afterwards we had a communication bridge workshop where participants were divided in two groups, one facing certain challenge in our society and another group is trying to help them who are reflecting on that person based on questions given by the trainer. Goal of this workshop was to see and reflect back on what all obstacles people face in their communities as well as on how proper communication helps them to overcome their challenges. During afternoon we had an Open space where participants from Serbia presented GIZ and its activities in Serbia and region. Once the Q&A session finished we were divided into groups and had an opportunity to find effective way of communication and understanding other people's traditions, cultural differences as well as communication skills with the "Communication Bridge" workshop. It was time for mid term evaluation where trainers draw a pizza slices and we had to evaluate and reflect on specific criterias of our project. Night was reserved for Portuguese and Italian intercultural night where we had opportunity to see and taste their food and drinks.

Interviews, traditional sport games, pratice time!

After morning fruit salad energizer participants were ready to start the day activities. We had a one hour visit of regional TV station (RTV USK) where they interviewed some of our participants in order to prepare a news article about our project and activities we do. Rest of the day was very busy as each national team had to figure out traditional or famous sport game in their country which would be suitable on criterias given by trainer. After each team found two sport games it was about time to present those games to other teams and to practice on field. Once we practiced all games we decided on with which games to proceed to shape them and include in our manual of games later on. After delicious dinner we had chance to attend Turkish intercultural night, learn their traditional dances, try their food as well as to play Kahoot! game.

Info visit to city hall and hiking on pathways of migration

We started a day with guided tour of city of Bihac in order to understand better local surrounding and get to know the area better as well as to reflect within our mixed groups on the prior treasure hunt activity from previous day. During this tour we found out a lot about Bihac, river Una, locals and in general Bosnia and Herzegovina. After delicious lunch we went for a meeting with representatives of City of Bihac in the city hall. During our meeting we were welcomed by the representatives in front of City administration and we had an interesting info session about migration in this region, challenges which city faces as well as positive examples of social inclusion in this region. Participants had opportunity to ask questions and it was interesting discussing with sharing our information and experiences from different perspectives. In afternoon we went on Pathways of migration hiking to a nearby hill which leads to Croatian border. One of the key takeaways of this hike was to show the route migrants and refugees use when going on "game" (crossing of border) and on the way we saw a tents built up nearby the pathway.

Treasure hunt, Youthpass and realities in our countries

After a good breakfast, participants started their first activity of the day which was a Youthpass workshop where trainers presented them what is Youthpass and afterwards we played a Kahoot! quiz on it. After the quiz we had Q&A session about it so participants can share their feedback and no question leaves unanswered. Short coffee and snacks break energized participants to go to second activity of the day which was an activity in national groups. Each group had to present situation of migration in their country to see the realities and also find and explain positive examples of sport used as a tool for social inclusion and integration of vulnerable groups such as migrants and refugees. During presentations we could see that many countries share the same challenges however each country has different approach to them as well as lot to learn from experience and know-how from each other. As the rain stopped we could go outside for a treasure hunt activity where each group had a 16 tasks in total in the city to find or ask locals and write it down. It was a fun way to learn new things about the city, country, communicate more to each other and opportunity to interact with locals despite the language barrier. Last activity of the day was daily reflection where participants had time to reflect on their day, learning needs and overall feelings. During night we had a Serbian and Lithuanian intercultural night where they presented their traditional dances, food, drinks and we played games.

Project introduction, getting to know each other and team building activities

We started our project by trainer and project coordinator introducing us to the project, goals and objectives, timetable planned and presentation of the applicant NGO and Coordinating NGO. When we finished this we played a name game to get to know each other names better and a human bingo activity where we had to find a person who fits the criteria set out on the piece of paper we received. After this we had a speed dating workshop where half of the group was sitting in a circle while other half was on outside of the circle paired. Every two minutes they received a new question to which we need to answer to our pair on opposite side and receive answer on the same question. After each question persons outside of the circle moved towards right thus having a new pair with a new question to answer to. This was interesting way we get to know each other better. In the afternoon we agreed on the project guidelines, shared our expectations, contributions and challenges with the stickers. We also divided mixed group tasks on voluntary basis for daily reports. After tasty coffee break and refreshment we had a teambuilding game where we were divided into mixed groups and each team was given same amount of limited resources. Goal was to build highest free standing tower by using the resources we received. Last activity for today was daily reflection.


MANO EUROPA LITHUANIA MANO EUROPA is a non-governmental, non-profit youth organization created in 2017, by a group of young ambitious people wanting more advocating for youth activism, with headquarters in Kaunas, Lithuania. We are actively involved in youth projects development and implementation in the local, national and international non-formal education sphere, that directly aims at personal and professional development of the young people.Our main goals are: • Encourage and facilitate (inter)national mobility of youth; • Expand and improve social cooperation and volunteering projects with other associations; • Enhance values of tolerance, human dignity, solidarity, empathy, cooperation, social justice and social integration; • Combat discrimination, intolerance, hate speech and promote equality; • Promote a healthy and ecological lifestyle, and a sustainable development; • Develop digital tools and methods which would help to deliver quality and inclusive education through online tools Facebook Website
BEYOND BORDERS ITALY Beyond Borders is a cultural association legally established in July 2014 in Puglia, Italy. Aims: Since the beginning, Beyond Borders pursued its defined objectives, such as: - youth work; - mobility of young people; - promoting non-formal and intercultural learning; - active citizenship; - empowerment of youth; - respect of Human Rights; - promoting European culture; - promoting social inclusion, solidarity; Our main activities are highly linked to our objectives and they focus on youth and including them in active project development on different levels. Our work takes place in Puglia, but mainly in the two cities of Corato and Orta Nova. Our core activities are divided into 3 pillars: - Erasmus+ actions and international projects; - local workshops; - organizing Campaigns and Infodays aiming to promote our organization’s objectives. Our activities are based on non-formal methodologies, increasing competence of young people, activating young people in society, stimulating creativity and growth of young people Facebook
REENCONTRO PORTUGAL Reencontro was founded on March 22, 2010, with headquarters in Rua das Escolas no. 4 and 6, Vila Nova de Tazem, Portugal. Due to our location we face some geographical barriers in terms of access to opportunities. We decided to create the organisation, and to join Erasmus+, to give our local community access to different opportunities and the information that those opportunities exist. Our main goal is to rebuild an old school in order to make a foster home for youngsters and children who had to be taken from their family for many different reasons, for example, domestic violence, lack of minimum life quality, orphans, and so on... Meanwhile, we have different activities that we do at our association. Our field of work has different forms for all different ages. Our main objectives of the organisation are: to promote social, educational, cultural and recreational activities and initiatives that enable the collective learning of relationships between individuals, social groups, the environment in which they live and fulfil needs and/or interests members or community; develop services and activities aimed at the integral promotion of the individual, family and community, stimulating their active participation, promoting volunteering and privileging networking with local, national and international partners. Facebook
CALAMUS SERBIA Calamus is an NGO with more than 14 years of experience working in 3 areas: Social protection (providing support to inclusion and improvement of standards of socially marginalized groups) Children and youth (raising awareness of a nonviolent, tolerant and open society, empowering and strengthening their active participation in the community) Culture and tradition (promoting preservation of customs and heritage, protecting valuable assets of the community, identity and history, and foster international exchange for educational, artistic and cultural purposes). Calamus has directly contributed to the increase of their knowledge and skills, which leads to the life quality improvement of young people. In order to enhance the motivation and activism of young people in their community, the organisation has supported the creation of the youth policy at the national and local levels and participation of young people in its development. The members of Calamus are high qualified professionals from different areas such as psychology, pedagogy, international affairs, human rights, health care, economy, education, arts and tourism. Facebook Website
MULTECILER DERNEGI TURKEY Refugees and Asylum Seekers Assistance and Solidarity Association (RASASA) was established in 2014 to seek solutions to the problems of people in need of international protection, refugees and immigrants. It provides support to refugees in need with different national staff. RASASA aiming to establish new partnerships with individuals and organizations which are working in the refugee field, take responsibility to be executive and develop their work and activities which will be implemented via cultural, sport, art, protection, livelihood, education etc. activities. Facebook Website
UDRUZENJE MLADIH POKRET BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Association of youth Movement has been established in April 2014 in Bihać. The organization's mission is the transfer of knowledge about non-formal education for young people who have no access to these information through the formal education, then encourage them to socialize youth activism in both the local community and beyond, as well as other goals and activism that are specified in the Articles of Association as well as in Certificate of establishing Association. Some of others activities/aims are: Monitoring Human Rights in BiH, Organizing Educational Seminars, Workshops, Debates, Working with young people in all fields of culture and sport, Connecting and cooperation with youth organizations in the region, Europe and the world etc. Since July 2018 NGO is working with migrants and refugee population because of migration flows and opening of so called Balkan route trough Una-Sana region Facebook
ACTIVE YOUTH MALTA Our Mission Statement “To enhance Youth Empowerment, Self-confidence and self-esteem mostly among excluded / marginalised youth and youth with few opportunities through creative and innovative methods and to promote inclusion and rights of minorities in our community. As we believe that sports enhabnces youth s comptences and life skills we cooperate and with another youth sports organisation in our sity. Fgura United Football Club is situated in the cosmopolitan and modern locality of Fgura, and it hosts over 230 children ranging from 3 to 17 years, and it also includes Under 19s players and the Senior squad. The aim of the club is to become one of the leading football schools in Malta by providing a holistic educational to all our members. They envisage to provide a positive educational experience that goes beyond football coaching. Their mission is to guide young footballers in acquiring essential technical, social and life skills through our learning environment built around respect and social integration. They also focus on empowering their members to develop other non-football schools, including leadership, team-building, public speaking, campaigning and also compassion activities. Facebook

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