Omladinska organizacija Svitac

Omladinska organizacija Svitac

Omladinska organizacija Svitac

Jusufa Campare bb, 76100, Brcko district of BiH, Bosnia and Herzegovina - +38749211032

description of organisation

The Svitac NGO was founded in 1998. The original vision was to help increase tolerance, support local diversity and unify the three ethnic groups in post war Bosnia. The vision was deployed by a mission that included a process involving youth based, multi-ethnic programs and daily workshops. As those programs solidified the vision, mission and scope were expanded. Today Svitac works to engage individuals in improving their lives and communities, build international links between grass-roots & marginalized communities worldwide, and increase tolerance and support diversity in Bosnia. It does this through daily, long-term arts, music and informal educational activities at our centre in Brcko, Bosnia. Larger multi-cultural events such as summer camps, festivals, and workshop series by international volunteers are also encouraged and supported. We also support collaborative projects between young activists, artists and organizations worldwide. We have a strong focus on training and supporting local youth, staff and volunteers in developing the skills and confidence necessary to lead their own activities and to have a stronger voice in their communities.
To date, we have hosted over 350 youth volunteers from the UK, USA and many European countries. These volunteers spend from 2 weeks to 2 years working, learning and leading. For example, summer camps, festivals, community involvement and long term arts projects are planned and deployed through volunteers. These projects are usually covered EVS, weltwärts or self-funded projects.
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Staff structure: Svitac is a locally run NGO. The structure includes a Management Board, Supervisor Board and Assembly. The Management board consists of 5 people, Supervisor Board 3 people and Assembly 9 people. Svitac is run by a Director, who is also the President of Management Board. Other staff include Project officer (including international partner collaboration), co-ordinator for Youth Centre (supervision of local & international volunteers included), and music project co-ordinator. 3 people are employed full time (40 hours per week) and 1 part-time (20 hours per week) with pension and health insurance paid every month. Svitac occasionally have staff members, local and international volunteers running daily workshops, dance and language lessons for short term periods (1-3 months) and helping with annual events. We usually have around 10 international volunteers over the summer months (for short term projects, summer camps and festival), as well as approximately 5 more over rest of the year for short term projects such as the Scottish workshop series. We have around 5 local youth volunteers throughout the year, usually young people who have participated in activities in the past and are now being encouraged to lead their own projects. Each ESC volunteer closely work with 4 permanent employed Svitac staff members and 3 local volunteers during one year period and at least 2 international volunteers. The role of Project Coordinator is managing ESC receiving projects and ESC supporting projects. The responsibilities also include collaboration with local communities, organisations and international institutions who have direct impact on youth development. The Project Coordinator also designs, plans and deploys seminars, training and other projects.

The role of the mentor is to monitor and support volunteers during their work, living in the local community and pair local volunteer to work with ESC volunteer on workshops.
Thanks to Firefly International’s fundraising the permanent Svitac youth centre was bought in August 2010 and since then all ESC and other international volunteers have opportunity to run their workshops in this centre as well. The new centre is pretty big, it has 59m2. It is open during weekdays, so ESC volunteers could have their workshops in the morning in Brcko district main Youth centre and when it is closed, they will be able to run their workshops in the Svitac new centre.
Target group: We have two main target groups; disadvantaged young people who do not normally have access to the facilities and activities we offer and young people from any background who are interested in meeting other young people, and being part of an international network of young people active in their communities. Then youth with fewer opportunities such as youth without self-travel experience, youth who are drop out school and low economic opportunities. ESC volunteers usually work with children and young people between 4 and 30 years old (mornings with small children and afternoon personal projects with age group they would like to work with). If the number of members is higher we often split them into two smaller groups. The members of their group are from different backgrounds, different nationalities, they speak one of three official languages in Brcko District (Bosnian, Serbian or Croatian) and they are male and female members.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

  • Educational difficulties
  • Economic obstacles
  • Geographical obstacles

This organisation holds a European Solidarity Corps Quality Label. The Quality Label certifies that the organisation is able to run projects in compliance with the principles and objectives of the European Solidarity Corps.

Scope Volunteering

Role Expiry date
PIC: 946287381 OID: E10096886
Last updated on 05/10/21

Organisation topics

Education and training

Human rights