Eastern Europe – Peace & Conflict

 

Eastern Europe – Croatia and Bosnia

With No Barriers Youth

From the world-class museums in Croatia to the modern history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, participants will get an in-depth look into pressing global issues on an immersive Eastern Europe student travel expedition learning about the conflicts that have shaped the region and its people. Learn the history of Croatia while participating in a roundtable discussion on the refugee crisis. Visit Mostar, the cultural capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, photograph the famous Stari Most, and learn how this country gained its independence.

Students Will Also:

  • Participate in a roundtable discussion on the refugee crisis at VERN Private University
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian’s Palace and its 220 remaining buildings
  • Visit the cultural center of Mostar and learn about the Bosnian War
  • Much more…

Summary

Eastern Europe, and specifically Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a region rich with ancient history and relevant current events.  Croatia has a wealth of educational opportunities including its history with the Roman Empire and the Emperor Diocletian.  The brutality of the Bosnian War, and the ethnic cleansing that accompanied it, dominate recent history in Bosnia and the entire region.

Today Croatia is prospering as the government is investing in the country’s infrastructure and tourism is bringing a significant source of revenue to its residents.  Bosnia and Herzegovina is internationally renowned for its stunning natural beauty, cuisine, and cultural heritage. From the stunning natural beauty, to the history, culture, and current events, there are few places on earth that offer such an immersive and thought-provoking experience for educators and their students.

Peace and Conflict in Croatia and Eastern Europe

9 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Depart for Zagreb

Depart your home gateway on an overnight flight to Zagreb, Croatia!  

Day 2: Orientation / City Center

Afternoon

  • Arrive in Zagreb and meet your Expedition Leader and Destination Expert
  • Transfer to hotel for an Orientation and Safety Briefing
  • Walk into city center for a brief introduction before dinner

Evening  

  • Enjoy dinner as a group in a traditional restaurant near the city center  

Day 3: Dolac Market / Croatian Parliament / VERN

Morning

  • Explore Zagreb with your expert local guide where you will visit,
    • Dolac market
    • Zagreb Cathedral
    • Mirogoj Cemetery
    • Upper Town with the Church of St. Mark
  • Interactive tour of the Croatian Parliament

Afternoon

  • Lunch at a local café near the central square
  • Visit VERN private university, to engage in a discussion about tourism and Croatia’s economy

Evening

  • Participate in an interactive cooking class and prepare a traditional Croatian dish
  • Return to hotel and engage in a Group Reflection Activity

Day 4: Center for Peace / Museum of Naïve Art / Bike Ride

Morning

  • Visit the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, and meet with refugees working with the Center to learn about their journey to Zagreb and their passion for progress and human rights

Afternoon

  • Visit Zagreb’s Museum of Naïve Art, the world’s first fine art gallery that is dedicated to preserving the paintings, drawings and sculptures of Croatia’s primitive artists.
  • Time permitting, visit the residence and workshop of famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Meštrović, which houses over 300 of his productions

Evening

  • Enjoy free time for dinner around the main square
  • After dinner get ready to explore a few new areas of Zagreb on a scenic bike ride!

Days 5: Split / Diocletians' Palace / Dinner

Morning

  • Check out of hotel and enjoy a scenic drive down Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast to Split, 5.5 hours

Afternoon

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace
  • Time permitting, stop by the Cathedral and one of Split’s most well psSpreserved synagogues

Evening

  • Cultural Dinner Experience –  using a konoba, a traditional Croatian kitchen with a grill, the family will cook us an authentic dinner and provide local music for entertainment!
  • Return to hotel to rest up for tomorrow’s activities!

Day 6: National Theater / Cathedral of Split

Morning

  • Explore Split with your Destination Expert and visit such places like:
    • the Jewish quarter, the National Theater and the Cathedral of Split

Afternoon

  • Free time for lunch and people watching on the Promenade

Evening  

  • Return to hotel and engage in a Group Reflection Activity as we prepare to leave Croatia

Day 7: Bosnia / Mosque / UWC

Morning

  • Transfer to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina and begin with a guided walking tour
  • Visit the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque and climb the minaret, if available at this time.

Afternoon

  • Enjoy lunch with students from United World College
    • Discuss topics like peace, conflict management and cultural traditions in Mostar
  • Finish the afternoon with free time to explore the unique craft stalls in the old town

Evening

  • Dinner in local restaurant before transferring to hotel for check in

Day 8: Sarajevo / Bunker / Global Youth Connect

Morning

  • Depart Mostar after breakfast and drive to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  
  • Stop in the town of Konjic, home to the secret bunker of former leader of Yugoslavia, Tito.   
  • Visit the Tunnel of Life and learn about the family who made this possible during the war.

Afternoon

    • Explore Sarajevo with your Destination Expert where you will see –
      • The historic Sarajevo Town Hall

 

  • The Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
  • The Latin Bridge
  • The Bascarsija (Old Bazaar area)

 

Evening

  • Meet with the Director of Global Youth Connect (and students when available) over dinner.  
  • Participate in a special Closing Ceremony and final reflection with your Expedition Leader.
  • Overnight at centrally located hotel.

Day 9: Say Goodbye!

Say goodby to Eastern Europe and return home exhausted and inspired to make an impact in your own community!

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Facts & Figures

Croatia
Capital: Zagreb
Population: 4,464,844
Languages:

Croatian - official

95%

Serbian

1.2%

Other

3%
Religions:

Roman Catholic

86.3%

Orthodox

4.4%

Muslim

1.5%

Literacy Rate

Unemployment Rate

Below Poverty Line

Life Expectancy

Carbon Emissions (%)