Medjugorje and Vionica, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is the birthplace of Mir Pace International!
Following a visit to the tiny village of Medjugorje in 1999, four years after the end of the Bosnian conflict, Mir Pace was established to alleviate human suffering and restore the self-sufficiency and livelihoods of disaster-affected populations, long after a disaster has ended. Mir Pace's vision was to aid those who have been forgotten and left behind by international, state, and local agencies, who are incapable of improving their life situation without external assistance, while inspiring American high school-aged youth to participate in development initiatives through selfless action.
Now, more than twenty years since the end of the Bosnian conflict, many of the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina continue to struggle to recover from the devastating effects of war. Mir Pace is returning to its roots by working in collaboration with the Missionary Sisters of the Wounded Family.
The Missionary Sisters of the Wounded Family home provides refuge, education, and healthcare to two of the most vulnerable populations: orphaned children and the elderly. The Wounded Family home is located in Vionica, which is about a 10-minute ride from Medjugorje, the village in which volunteers will call home during their volunteer experience. Mir Pace volunteers will assist in the daily activities at the Wounded Family home, while also sharing their compassion and talents, teaching and learning new skills, and being a presence.
Teen volunteers will be immersed in a very deep humanitarian and spiritual experience.
How to Become a Volunteer this Summer
Your first step towards becoming a Mir Pace Volunteer is to click on the "Volunteer" link above. There, you can read more about program specifics and download our application form. We look forward to sharing with you this life-changing experience!
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Located in South Eastern Europe, in the center of the Balkan Peninsula near the Adriatic Sea, it is bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the southeast. The larger region of Bosnia occupies the northern and central parts of the country, and Herzegovina occupies the south and southwest. It's countryside is marked by deep gorges, turquoise rivers and lakes, and the Dinaric Alps.
Bosnia-Herzegovina was formerly part of Yugoslavia, but gained independence in 1992. It has a diverse ethnic population of an estimated 3.8 million.