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Balkans Leadership Camp


YouthAction Northern Ireland has developed a long term partnership with Care International North West Balkans. As part of this initiative thirty two young men from Northern Ireland, Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Croatia took part in a youth exchange held in the Balkans in 2008. The following year a similar exchange was hosted in Northern Ireland. These exchanges were set up to work with young men around their experiences of conflict and violence.
During the summer a Young Male Leadership Camp, was organised by Care International. This camp took place in a hotel resort in Tuhelj, Croatia. Forty young men from 'Budi Musko' projects in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Belgrade, and Zagreb took part in the camp. Young Men Development Worker Pete Wray, along with two young male volunteers took part and helped facilitate this camp. Workshops and activities took place all week where the young men could learn about young male leadership, interact with each other, and build new relationships.
'I made some really great friends here. I talked to people I never thought I could.'
'I now know what it means to be a leader and this camp has been a wonderful experience.'
'Having the guys from Ireland has really helped to make the camp special and more diverse.'
'The conflict had affected me because both my parents are now dead however I am not the only one and with friends I been able to move on.'

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