Final Thoughts

In my experience on any type of service trip or short term trip where you are dropped into a country for a short (but extended) period of time, I often catch myself saying things like “I’ll remember this forever” or feeling like I want to make a life change after ...

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Lessons Learned

I’ve traveled to a good number of places in my short lifetime. I’ve noticed that everywhere I go I pick up a few things that stay with me. Here’s what I’ve learned in Bosnia. No sorrys (sorries?) After spending some time here, I’ve caught myself apologizing for things I really don’t ...

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Bosnia Fam

“The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul” – some cheesy meme on Pinterest I believe in the strong power of place, but in my experience, place with out people means almost nothing. You all have made sharing 2 bathrooms among 13 people tolerable. ...

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What am I doing???

“Francis, what are you doing with your life?” Here’s the gist of it. I’m spending my summer interning in Sarajevo with a non-profit called Fondacija Krila Nade (translated to Wings of Hope). The organization began in 1995 to help children whose education access had been affected by the war. Additionally, ...

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Srebrenica

Home: It makes me think of Sunday afternoon card games, the plants that have now created a small jungle at the house, and the Hello Kitty light switch in my room that has never been switched out after all these years.  Most importantly, it reminds me of my family without ...

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Cultural Faux Pas

I’ve spent the entire school year talking about different ways to navigate cultural competency – in life and also in the field of psychology. So, naturally, I got on the plane to come to Sarajevo this summer thinking I’m a mini cultural guru. Not so much . . . It ...

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Marš Mira

  Every year thousands of people (including some of the original survivors) come together for the Marš Mira (translating to Peace March). The people retrace the steps from Nezuk to Potočari to honor the 8,372 men and boys who lost their lives in during the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica. This ...

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First Impressions

It’s the end of my first week in Sarajevo, so naturally it’s time to do what we budding therapists do best: reflect. I arrived in Sarajevo late at night after a grueling flight full of crying babies and extensive circling in the air due to bad weather on the ground. ...

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