As travelers, we all form preconceived notions about the places we visit. Sometimes these notions are precise, sometimes they stray from reality. When THINK Global School arrived in Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2016, our accompanying students and staff weren’t entirely sure what they were about to experience. But to a person, they left profoundly changed by the people they met, the landscapes they explored, and the ideas they discussed. Bosnia is a country reimagining itself, a country distancing itself from the civil unrest that tore it apart in the early nineties. And during our time here, student projects will examine the past, present, and future of this heart-shaped land.
These projects might include: traveling to Srebrenica -the site of one of the conflict’s worst massacres- to interview survivors of the genocide; working with local Serb and Bosniak youth on reconcilliation projects; creating an action plan that tackles Bosnia & Herzegovina’s ongoing landmine contamination; collecting samples of Bosnia’s 30 unique invertebrate species in the Perućica primitive forest; or examining the impact of microfinance loans on Bosnian poverty and entrepreneurship.