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Tea Pucar is a 24-year-old from Stockholm, with BiH roots. Tea is an Anthropology graduate from the Upsala University in Sweden, and her Master’s Thesis was titled “Effect of Language on Youth in Mostar”. Tea’s research for her thesis focused on the ways youth in Mostar use language to strengthen and prove their collective identity.

Tea is very experienced with projects focusing on minorities, democracy, and sustainable development. Last year, she spent six months interning as a Project Coordinator and Amnesty International Sweden.

Her desire to learn about the culture of the country her family hails from led Tea to Sarajevo, where she will spend three months interning at the Institute for Youth Development KULT. She said she found the Institute while surfing the web and looking for an organization in BiH where she could intern.

Tea’s internship includes improving and applying training curricula when working with groups of young people attending the Institute’s courses. The hands-on work she does gives her an opportunity to learn about CSOs and the way they function in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her previous experience and knowledge is valuable for improving our internal procedures and manuals, intended to provide better access to international volunteers. Tea spends every single moment learning and focusing on personal development, all while happily sharing her knowledge with others by holding English and Swedish language workshops with volunteers.

 “I was looking for an organization where I could intern and learn about the system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I found the Institute for Youth Development KULT. I was thrilled, especially because of the Institute’s belief that youth are the ones who can affect democratic change in societies. My previous experience with international projects taught me the importance of networking and cooperation between government institutions and CSOs. I believe that emphasis should be on empowering citizens to take initiative. That’s why I decided to reach out to the Institute for Youth Development KULT. During my three-month internship, my aim is to research youth policies - do they exist and are they implemented - learn about youth activism and BiH legislation on youth, and compare my findings with the situation in Sweden”, said Tea. She added that her internship at the Institute also taught her about the work that the Kingdom of Sweden does in this country.

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The third module of the Training for Expert Youth Work Associates, more commonly known as Youth Workers, was focused on social skills.

Training participants from 13 communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina learned about social skills they as youth workers need to have to adequately recognize, understand and respond to the needs and problems of young people they work with. Interactive activities and opportunities to share experiences with others helped the participants learn about civil activism, volunteering and legislation concerning youth in BiH.

“This module, and everything I’ve learned during the training will definitely be useful to me in my future work. I can wholeheartedly recommend this training to all young people ready to drive the change they want to see in their country. Definitely the best experience that I could give myself, in addition to university education.”, said Mateo Vukoja from the Youth Association “Korak” from Kiseljak.

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The training for expert associates on youth work comprises four training modules, practical work, and testing. The topics include: youth work, communication with youth, social competences and organizational skills in youth work.

Expert associates on youth work, more commonly known as youth workers, are persons employed at youth centers, youth clubs, youth organizations, organizations working with youth or public institutions that support youth development. Expert associates on youth work support the professional, personal and educational development of young people. By working with youth on different ideas and initiatives, expert associates on youth work join forces with youth in improving their communities.

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Communication in youth work was the topic of the second module of the Training for Expert Youth Work Associates, more commonly known as Youth Workers.

During this module, the participants learned how to communicate with youth, methods and communication channels their organizations/institutions use. Through interactive work and experiential learning, the participants discussed the advantages of social networks and online media as tools in communicating with young people and overcoming challenges they face in their work. The second module was held from September 17 to September 21, 2019 in Sarajevo.

The training for expert associates on youth work comprises four training modules, practical work and testing. The topics are: youth work, communication with youth, social competences and organizational skills in youth work.

Expert associates on youth work, more commonly known as youth workers, are persons employed at youth centers, youth clubs, youth organizations, organizations working with youth or public institutions that support youth development. Expert associates on youth work support the professional, personal and educational development of young people. By working with youth on different ideas and initiatives, expert associates on youth work join forces with youth in improving their communities.  

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Youth work was the topic of the first part of the Training for Expert Youth Work Associates, more commonly known as youth workers.

20 participants from 13 communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina learned about the types and mechanisms of youth work and the levels at which youth work can be conducted.

Participants of this year’s training come from different organizations and work with youth in different ways, including concrete activities with and for youth.

The first part of the training was held from June 25 to June 29, 2019 in Sarajevo.

The training for expert associates on youth work comprises four training modules, practical work and testing. The topics are: youth work, communication with youth, social competences and organizational skills in youth work.

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Interactive work, non-formal education methods, experiential learning and exchange of experience will also be features of the training. In addition to the working sections, the training will provide content that allows the participants to exchange professional end personal experience and socialize.

Expert associates on youth work, more commonly known as youth workers, are persons employed at youth centers, youth clubs, youth organizations, organizations working with youth or public institutions that support youth development. An expert associates on youth work supports the professional, personal and educational development of young people. By working with youth on different ideas and initiatives, expert associates on youth work join forces with youth in improving their communities.

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Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands sat down for Coffee Time with youth attending the Training for Youth Work Associates. He talked to these young people about his professional journey from a student to a diplomat.

While talking about his stay in BiH, he pointed out the willingness of citizens of BiH to cooperate and mentioned that there is untapped potential that the citizens, especially young people, need to recognize. 

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“BiH is in Europe, and youth in BiH have the same dilemmas in life as youth in the Netherlands. I’m proud of young people who launch businesses, and we need to work on encouraging youth to become leaders and entrepreneurs.” - said Ambassador Vos.

The topics included the quality of education in BiH, the importance of civic identity, political situation, reasons why youth leave BiH and programs offered by the Embassy aimed at developing the civil society and youth in BiH. 

This training is attended by 16 youth from across BiH, who intend to actively work on improving the prospects of young people in BiH.

The training for expert associates on youth work comprises four training modules, practical work, and testing. The topics are: youth work, communication with youth, social competences and organizational skills in youth work. Interactive work, non-formal education methods, experiential learning and exchange of experience will also be features of the training. In addition to the working sections, the training will provide content that allows the participants to exchange professional end personal experience and socialize.

POSTANI BOLJI OML. RADNIKThe applications submitted in response to the Public call for training Expert Associates on Youth Work were evaluated by the Committee and participants were selected for the June-December 2019 training. The Committee selected 20 participants out of a total of 40 applications.

Persons eligible for the training were residents of BiH with a high school diploma, who work with youth in youth centers, youth clubs, youth organizations, organizations working with youth, NGOs, counseling centers and institutions that implement youth projects.

The training for expert associates on youth work comprises four training modules, practical work and testing. The topics are: youth work, communication with youth, social competences and organizational skills in youth work. Interactive work, non-formal education methods, experiential learning and exchange of experience will also be features of the training. In addition to the working sections, the training will provide content that allows the participants to share their professional end personal experience and socialize.

List of selected participants:

  1. Agency for Local Democracy Zavidovići, Jasmin Mehić
  2. Youth Development Center Dekameron, Anel Hotić
  3. Youth Centar John Paul II Archdiocese Sarajevo, Antonio Topalović
  4. Youth Association Korak Brnjaci, Mateo Vukoja
  5. Center for education and research “NAHLA”, Senida Karasalihović-Adilović
  6. Women’s Interactive Rural Center Istočno Sarajevo, Snježana Rosuljaš
  7. Red Cross of the Federation of BiH, Jasmn Nikšić
  8. Youth Association Perspektiva, Adisa Salčin
  9. Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Istočno Sarajevo, Mladen Pjevčević
  10. Foundation Mozaik/Youth Bank Žepče, Šejla Aganović
  11. Association of High School Students in BiH and the Youth Journalist Association in BiH, Azra Džaferbegović
  12. Education Center Nahla Tuzla, Fatima Fazlović
  13. MUNJA Social Innovation Incubator, Meris Bećović
  14. Association for Psycho-Social Support and Better Future, Azra Frlj
  15. Youth Council of Srebrenik Municipality, Samra Ribić
  16. Public Primary School Danilo Borković Gradiška, Miroslava Milivojević
  17. Vocational High School Stjepan Radić, Ana Pranjić
  18. NGO Youth Center Kvart, Lana Zečević
  19. Foundation CURE, Denija Hidić
  20. Bosniak Cultural Society Preporod Glamoč, Arif Kovačević

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