Svitac (Firefly) Project Report – February 2017


Staff:   Gordana Varcakovic, Dina Vosanovic, Milos Popic, Sanjin Vosanovic

Local volunteers: Adin Midzic, Milica Bacanov, Nadia Selimi, Ismar Mustafic, Maja Tomic, Ines Mocevic

‘Weltwearts’ volunteer:  Alexander Likic

EVS volunteers: Monica Reeves, Eleonore Pearson, Benjamin Owens, Mahmut Taha Bicer, Yunus Seckin                                             

Self-fundraising volunteers:  Bonnie Sturgess, Eduardo Patricio Altube



  • Culture and Art Diversity around the World – includes Language,  Art&Crafts, Music, Drama, and Sports workshops from Monday to Friday
    • Standard Language workshops – English and German
      • English – standard English language workshops for teenagers and young people
      • German – standard German language workshops for teenagers and young people
    • Conversational Language workshops – English, German, Turkish
      • I love English – conversational English workshops for teenagers and young people
      • “Lasst uns Deutsch sprechen!/Pricajmo njemacki!“ (“Let’s speak German”) – conversational German workshops for teenagers and young people
      • Let’s speak Turkish – conversational Turkish workshops for teenagers and young people
    • Art&Crafts workshops – practical arts and crafts workshops for children and teenagers
    • Music workshops – samba, guitar, music workshops for children and young people
    • Sports workshops – for teenagers and young people
    • Yoga classes – for teenagers and young people
  • Local language lessons for international volunteers



  • This month the weather improved and therefore we have had more and more children turning up to workshops which have been great to see. Svitac (Firefly) said goodbye to Sally Yates, the great supporter of Svitac (Firefly) everyday work and music camp 2015 by making postcards and posters and expressing their thoughts and thankfulness. Our volunteers, Monica and Eleonore, finished their tolerance project report. The findings from their research project were really positive, the presentation they held went really well, they got great feedback and comments from everyone and the discussions they had afterward seemed to be really useful and will hopefully have a positive impact on Svitac (Firefly). International volunteers have been doing a lot of different daily activities and they focused on different things (fundraising, promotion of the organization through social media etc.).
  • About 118 participants regularly attended Svitac’s (Firefly’s) activities in February, reconfirming their popularity in our small Brcko District community. Participants were aged between 4 and 40 years old. The youngest and the oldest participants attended Culture and Art Diversity around the World workshops and English/German workshops for adults.
    • Younger group – They made lunch box for healthy and unhealthy foods (fruits, vegetables, sweets, dairy products), small versions of their body with body parts, kites and board with weather indicators. They also learned a lot of new words in English related to weather and health. Highlights with the younger group were Spanish workshops and Argentinian culture lessons prepared by our international volunteer Eduardo.
    • Older group – They made a model of a life-size body with internal organs, dioramas and did paper crafting. In the Language Workshops, the group did words related to weather and weather conditions, health and healthy way of life, body parts and internal organs. In the Music Workshops the group learned new songs in English and local languages related to health, body and healthy way of life. They also learned about rhythm and rhythmic music, and repeated some old songs.



  • In February, Svitac (Firefly) very much appreciated collaborating with 8 international volunteers: one ‘Weltwearts’ volunteer from Germany, five EVS volunteers from the UK and Turkey and two self-funded volunteers from Australia and Argentina.
  • Sending EVS – Two volunteers from Bosnia doing their EVS service in Cyprus (9 months) and Lithuania (12 months).
  • Visa process has been finished for 1 self-funded volunteer from Australia.



  • Svitac (Firefly) representatives continued to attend regular monthly meetings with the youth centre coordinator and the other NGOs based in Brcko. The purpose of the last meeting was to share information about activities and plans for February and discuss activities scheduled to take place in the youth centre.