|Snow storm in the beginning of the trip|
At the end of February, beginning of March 2011 Wave team members from Croatia, Bosnia and England went on a trip across the Balkans. The trip started in Bosnia during a snow storm. At the time we were anxious and it looked like we would have a lot of technical problems while travelling in the Balkans. In spite of the snow storm startup – the trip turned out to be an amazing experience!
Here are some of the highlights of the trip:
Visit to friends in Leskovac, southern part of Serbia
In Leskovac Wave team visited friends and made new friendships where we talked about possibility of organizing Wave Open programs in the future.
Visit to Skopje and Strumica, Macedonia
|Visit to Strumica|
One of the executive team members attended the 6th International Youth Leadership Forum as Wave representative. During the forum he had meetings with future Wave volunteers and teachers.
The other part of Wave team went to Strumica where we had chance to have time with our friends. We attended a youth group meeting and the church service. Our friends showed interest in organizing Wave programs in the future.
Visit to Petrich, Bulgaria
In Petrich Wave executive member had a meeting with team from Bulgaria and England and worked on preparations for Wave English course in May 2011.
Visit to Mitrovica, Kosovo
In Kosovo Wave team organized Open program with friends from Mitrovica. During the visit Wave team had meetings with the deputy major of the city, visited friends working for the National Democratic Institute, visited Kosovo Leadership Academy…
There were many expected and unexpected highlights of the trip! We were amazed that, in spite of technical difficulties of traveling by car for over 2.100kn in only five days, a lot of new opportunities opened up. The most wonderful highlights are usually unexpected ones --- during the visits to some places we did not expect to organize any program, nevertheless we were asked about possibilities to partner with other churches and organizations and organize Wave programs in their cities in the future. This was an amazing trip and soon we realized that we’ll have to plan another trip soon!