AUGUST 30. 2021.

BIH color festival

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Sara Tešanović
BIH color fest

This will probably be the wholesome story you will hear today. I got an e-mail, on Wednesday, which it was asking me if I wanted to volunteer at BIH color fest in Brčko. When I read it I honestly didn’t know who it was from or if it was some kind of a joke, but I couldn’t overthink it and I confirmed my arrival in two minutes (talking about adventures am I right?). Next thing I know I am at the bus station ready to go to Brčko. At the gate of Villa Bakarni I was being welcomed by my amazing coordinator Aldina, who was there for me all week.

I am not going to lie I was scared because I didn’t know anyone, but as soon as we met and started talking we found amazing topics to discuss. Since I was the youngest in our volunteer group I thought I would never fit in, but I was wrong. Aldina and the rest of the group were so good and kind to me no matter my age. We had a lot of work to do, our faces always had a big smile and the atmosphere was never down. Even though some older generations would think we fought between ourselves because of our nationalities, jokes on them; with this experience, we made a whole new nationality called friendship without boundaries. Thanks to all the glory jokes we made.

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When the festival started, they told us, you are here to work and have fun and when I tell you, we had more fun than anyone at the festival I guarantee. Enea with his dancing moves put such a big smile on our faces and we were enjoying it so much. We had different activities in our free time, like visiting Ekmecic and Becirevic houses and we even had a DJ class with one of the DJs from the festival. He collected our favorite songs and put them all in a mix! I spent the best week of my life in Brčko, with people I can now call family, so of course, I was sad about coming back to Belgrade. I hope to participate in more activities and I hope to get more opportunities!

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