CIM

Center for Peacebuilding

Our way is peace

In addition to current and ongoing programs, CIM has plans for growth and expansion in the coming years, which center primarily around the development of a Peace Embassy. The Peace Embassy will provide a much-needed secular gathering space for members of the community where tolerance and dialogue can be fostered. Once operational, the Peace Embassy will be a self-sustaining enterprise. It will house CIM’s current and ongoing programs, which will continue to be offered to the community free of charge, as well as peace-oriented business ventures designed to
cover the Peace Embassy’s overhead expenses. Profits earned through these ventures will ensure CIM’s financial independence and strengthen our capacity to expand programming in the future without additional external funding. The Peace Embassy’s income-earning programs are detailed below:


1. Hostel and International Volunteer Placement: The Peace Embassy will be Sanski Most’s first and only hostel. Currently, Sanski Most and the surrounding villages are sorely unfit to host international volunteers and tourists due to a lack of afforadable accomodation. In order to address this need, one floor of the Peace Embassy will serve as a working hostel; fit with private and semi-private rooms, bathrooms, and a kitchen. The hostel will not only increase tourism and general commerce within Sanski Most, but will also ensure a steady income and influx of volunteer support to CIM. Despite growing international interest in CIM’s activities and voluntourism, without adequate afforadable housing, we have been unable to accomodate this vital tourist population to date. This represents a serious loss to the region, as valueable tourist dollars are being redirected towards cosmoplitan areas and neighbouring countries with better tourist infrastructure. Once established, the hostel will have the potential to make a large contribution to local tourism and cultural exchange/intergration.
Hostel guests will have the opportunity to volunteer with CIM while visiting Sanski Most. The hostel will provide set rates for accomodation and secondary rates for accomodation plus volunteering. Voluntourists will pay an additional sum to cover training, cultural exchanges, and local travel.


2. Kindergarden: We plan to develop  a full-time private kindergarden that emphasizes teamwork and peaceful communication between students by implementing proven teaching methods and specialized curriculum. Traditional Bosnian kindergardens are geared entirely toward ‘play’ and do not have clearly defined teaching objectives. Children for Peace will translate leadership, team work, peaceful communication, and the pursuit of communal goals into games and activities. Students will absorb critical problem-solving and conflict resolutin tools within the context of fun and engaging games.
CIM will hire a team of experts to research and outline the kindergarden’s curriculum to ensure the implementation of comprehensive and effective teaching methods. This team will include individuals holding masters degrees in education, international relations and post-conflict peacebuilding, and elementary education. They will draw upon both academic and practical experience in formulating a fundamentally sound curriculum that can be replicated in other kindergardens and youth centers throughout the country. The kindergarden will provide a fundamental shift in early education, by encouraging children to explore their own identities and by promoting conflict resolution and contstructive communication methods in order to help equip Bosnian youth with valuable life skills.


3. Peace Cafe, Restaurant and Internet Cafe: Coffee and dialogue have a simbiotic relationship, especially in Bosnia. Coffee is so engrained in Bosnian culture that it borders on ritual. Building off this community cornerstone and the success of our Coffee for Peace program, the Peace Embassy will also be home to a Restaurant and Internet Cafe. Located beneath the hostel, Peace Cafe will be a meeting space for cultural and language exchange. Guests at the hostel will eat in the restaurant and have the opportunity to volunteer in the kitchen or as a language tutor. It will open the Peace Embassy’s doors to a broad cross-section of local and international patrons and will provide a welcoming space to all members of the Sanski Most community.


4. Tourism Center: Currently, Sanski Most is devoid of a fully functioning tourist center or information agency. Thus, the Peace Embassy will also provide local tourism information and organized tours. The tourism center will have a webpage that highlights natural, cultural and historic attractions and will offer transportation and guided travel throughout the region. The primary reason tourism in the region lags behind other travel hubs is a lack of information and infrastructure. Through the Tourism Center, the Peace Embassy will offer a link between international travelers and the region.
By filling this void, the Embassy will increase voluntourism, international travel, culutural exchange, local commmerce and historical preservation.


How can you get involved? There are many ways!

  • Raise awareness of our project, share this idea with people in your circles, forward the email to a friend, a group, or organisation.
  • Make a small donation (information provided below)
  • Contact us, and tell us what you think. Give us pieces of advice on how to succeed.
  • Come and volunteer for a while to develop the project. Or volunteer from home. We’d love to hear from you.
  • Organise a fundraiser: do a sponsored run, organise a dinner, coffee afternoon, a fun games night, or bake some goods!

To support the Peace Embassy project, you click here to reach our project page on GlobalGiving. Also, we have set up a blog with more information about tourism in the local area.

About Us

Today, the Center for Peacebuilding (CIM) stands on the former frontlines of the war, acting as a bridge between a past that few can currently discuss and a future where open dialogue can rehumanize the enemy and dispel the misinformation that acts as the seeds for hatred.

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