Bosnien und Herzegowina, Jajce
Description of the Organisation
U.G. Centar za Obrazovanje i Druženje (shortly COD) is a non-governmental, non-political, non profit, non religious, multi-ethnic youth organization based in the town of Jajce, central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our main mission is the promotion, support and work with children and youth from our local community in the fields of education, culture and youth participation.
The COD, formally known as Youth center is existing since 2001, and this durability is a result of a successful work. Our founding was initiated and supported by Friedenskreis Halle eV.
With the same mission we mentioned above, we continue to work on four main fields – educative programs for children and youth (pre-school workshop, language courses, guitar and dancing), international projects (youth exchanges, voluntary services, seminars and workshops), local informative web media „Jajce Press“, tourism project - „Visit Jajce“ (update promotional web-site, developing broshures, educate new young tourist guiders etc).
Centar za Obrazovanje i Druzenje team is formed by 7 employees (full and part-time), 4 programm moderators, many local volunteers and one or two international volunteers per year.
Our staff speaks English and German language.
Management in our organization is structured in different projects – international department, media project, program part and tourism project. Volunteer is engaged in one or more of the fields / projects COD works on.
Therefore, our organization can offer several programs for volunteers to be involved:
• assistant for children and youth programs
organizing and implementing creative programs with/for children and youth just like education courses, youth club, education courses, dance actions and many others (depending on the wish and interest of the local children and youth and the volunteers wishes)
• assistant for the coordination of international projects
organizing and implementing youth exchanges; active promotion activities for international volunteering services, providing support to local youngsters who wants to do international volunteering or attend some international youth programs
Who the organisation is looking for
We are motivated to host young persons interested to work in one or more of our projects, that can enrich our organization and local community with their knowledge and culture. Working and sharing experience with us young volunteers can learn a lot and gain new experience and skills.
The profile of volunteer candidates we are searching is:
- 18 to 30 years
- interest in intercultural learning
- highly motivated to work in international team;
- ready and motivated to live and work independanly
What you can learn
The volunteer can during his/her volunteering service learn about how people live here in Bosnia, what aspects can bring the Bosnian culture for his/her own life. Every day life and interaction with local inhabitants gives them opportunity to learn about people, especially youngster’s life in Jajce and generally on Balkan.
Learning opportunities that volunteer gets from every project involvement are: development of management and organizational skills; development of leadership and team-work with youth groups, development of financial and fundraising skills, development of communicational skills both in English and local language as well as knowledge development in the field of youth mobility.
Volunteers are in Jajce accomodated in separated or shared apartment. Depends of the wish of the volunteer and current offer in Jajce we provide suitable accomodation for him/her. We take care of renting apartmeent and arrange most of the conditions before volunteer arrive to project place. Through that we provide trustable and relaxing environment at the beginning of project time to hosted volunteers. Accomodations we provide are fully equiped and are in acceptable living conditions (washing mashine, kitchen tools, bed, wardrobe, fridge etc.). There is mostly also internet acces in those appartments.
Jajce town is located in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is part of the Central Bosnia Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina entity. It is on the crossroads between Banja Luka in north, Bihac in West and Sarajevo in south-East part of the country. Jajce is populated with arround 35.000 inhabitants.
Jajce is very famous as tourist destination in Bosnia due to many cultural heritage from medievil, otoman, austrian-hungarian and yugoslav time. These atractions are placed in a range of only 4 km in Jajce and crowned with fantastic waterfall in the town centre. Pliva lakes, only 4 km from the center of Jajce away, during sumer time are regional swiming area and all year long provide nice place for recreation programms. Generaly, Jajce is small but quite and safe place to live in. Our organization is located in a center of the town.
In Jajce there are many activities volunteers can do during their freetime to make friends in the town, e. g. there are several sport clubs (soccer, basketball, voleyball, kayak, handball, rafting), a city orchestra and chor, hiking, bicycling, joging. Since Jajce isn´t a big city the volunteer will get to know many people during a short amount of time. Additionally there are many places to visit arround Jajce (nature parks, bigger cities).
Eindrücke aus dem Alltag von Lucy, Freiwillige 2016-17 in Jajce
"Mein Tag beginnt recht früh. Nicht etwa weil ich schon früh auf Arbeit sein muss, sondern weil meine Arbeit relativ spät endet und ich danach gerne sofort ins Bett falle. Abgesehen davon bin ich ein Morgenmensch. Ich stehe gegen 7 auf und trinke einen Tee auf meinem riesigen Balkon. Danach gehe entweder joggen oder spazieren und bin dann um 10 zu Hause um zu frühstücken. Dann mache ich mich fertig um einkaufen zu gehen. Mittags koche ich meistens etwas und um 1 Uhr muss ich auf Arbeit sein. Dort bereite ich dann das Material für die verschiedenen Kurse vor und mache ein paar Übersetzungsarbeiten. Dafür befinde ich mich im Büro von 1 bis 4 Uhr. Um 5 Uhr muss ich bei den Kursräumen sein, weil dann der Englischunterricht beginnt. Meistens bin ich früher da um aufzuschließen und den Heizlüfter einzuschalten. Bis 6 Uhr beschäftige ich gemeinsam mit einem einheimischen Freiwilligen 7 bis 12 jährige mit einfachen englischen Vokabeln. Ab um 6 startet dann mein Deutschkurs. Wenn es nichts mehr zu tun gibt, meist gegen um 8, schließe ich die Türen ab und gehe nach Hause. Alles in Jajce ist sehr schnell zu Fuß zu erreichen, deshalb macht es mir nichts aus spät abends im Dunkeln unterwegs zu sein. Zu Hause angekommen esse ich noch etwas und stricke oder spiele Gitarre. Vor dem Einschlafen telefoniere ich manchmal noch mit Freunden oder meiner Familie."
Einen Blog von Linda, Freiwillige 2017-18 in Jajce mit Fotos und Berichten findet Ihr hier.
Einen Blog vom Götz, Freiwilliger 2012-13 in Jajce mit Fotos und Berichten findet Ihr hier.