Monday, October 15, 2007

In the beginning

I've just spent the last three weeks at the Brethren Volunteer Service orientation (unit #277) in Missouri! We lived on $2.25 a day for food, picked up trash in parks, discussed social justice issues and sang just about every pre-meal camp song that there is.

On October 22, I'm flying out for a three-day mini-orientation in Geneva. After that, I'll take the train to my new home for the next two years-- Mostar, Bosnia-Hercegovina! I'll be working at a youth cultural center called OKC Abrasevic as a program assistant. Basically, the organization exists to provide cultural outlets for youth-- film festivals, concerts, art workshops and more. These events are an opportunity for Bosnian Muslim, Croat and Serb youth to spend time together in a non-sectarian environment, as well as giving them something to do (the local unemployment rate is very high.) I can help by writing grants, editing project proposals and reports in English and hopefully coming up with some projects of my own. I have a lot to learn-- language, history, culture-- and I am so excited for the challenge. The center has a website:

Now I need to work on packing! hopefully this blog will be a good way to keep in touch with all of you over the next two years. Thanks for reading. :)



Uncle Billy said...

Hi Katie,

Looking forward to your comments concerning an area, which has had so much turmoil throughout history. If they are as good as your observations of China then I am all eyes.
Take Care & Good Luck,

Uncle Billy

Rena said...

I am so proud of you for doing this. Your sense of adventure and justice amaze me. By the way, there is a chance I might be in Croatia (just up the road...) for some time this summer. Perhaps we can meet up!
Much love!

Mikaela said...

Wow Katie... I can't wait to see photos. Yay for travel! I can't believe you survived on $2.25/ day for food in the U.S. tho'... woah man... woah.
Keep us all up to date! - Mikki