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Bridging Cultures / Bosnia & Herzegovina

15 July 2020

5 July - 15 July 2020

Bridging cultures short course approaches the topic of multicultural understanding from the perspectives of various disciplines: anthropology, international relations, arts and literature, psychology, and others. In order to set the foundations of multicultural understanding, we build awareness of the impact of our own culture for our identity, while acknowledging the other axes of our identity and their relationship to culture. We explore the space of co-existing cultures and present the idea of cultural relativism. Furthermore, we focus on intercultural communication on various levels, from non-violent communication as a tool useful for any individual, to skills of cooperation in diverse work settings. We situate the topic of multicultural understanding within the context of Bosnia and Herzegovina, exploring multiculturalism in this state and focusing on peace building, but we also approach it from a large scale point of view, introducing the notion of systems of oppression, which we further explore through literature and theater. Finally, we wrap up the course with a focus on social activism in order to equip our participants with the tools necessary to act within their home communities.


The course will be carried through an experiential learning approach that encourages engagement, action and reflection rather than just observation and listening. A group of facilitators, but also guest speakers representing a range of local NGOs, will deliver workshops and activities. The participants will have the chance to stay in one of the college’s residences located right by the Old Town Mostar and experience residential life, a very valuable medium for learning from one another.


Dates: 5 July - 15 July, 2020
Location: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Application information:The participants will be selected by UWC Mostar and partner organizations. UWC Mostar (Project coordinator and facilitators) will chose participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the partners will choose participants from their respective countries (Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo*).
Application deadline: April 15th for participants from Kosovo, May 15th for participants from other countries included in the project.
Course fee: There is no fee, all selected participants will have all costs covered by the organizers.
Language: English
Eligibility: Young people, aged 15 - 18 ​​​​​​​
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