AFS programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina are run by Intercultural meetings in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UG Interkulturni susreti u Bosni i Hercegovini - UG ISU BIH) in cooperation with AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc., USA.
About UG Interkulturni susreti u Bosni i Hercegovini -
Intercultural meetings in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Intercultural meetings in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UG ISU BIH) with headquarters in Sarajevo is a non-for-profit, non governmental, voluntary driven organisation active countrywide since 2002. It has around 60 active volunteers in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla and other towns in BiH.
History of AFS Programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina
AFS high school programs with the former Yugoslavia began in 1967-68 when the first five Yugoslav students arrived to the United States for a year long stay. Since then more than 800 Yugoslavian students were sent to the USA and more than 500 American students spent a trimester or a year in Yugoslavia. Because of the war in Yugoslavia, AFS suspended hosting programs in Yugoslavia in 1991 and AFS programs in Yugoslavia were completely cancelled in 1992.
The first initiator of restarting AFS exchange programs in BiH was AFS Germany which has collected donations for sending first six students from BiH for one year in Germany in 2002/2003. After return to BiH, these students started actively volunteering and with help of AFS Germany, they have selected and sent 7 students to Germany in 2004/05. In the same year, they have decided to officially establish an organization named Interkulturni susreti u Bosni i Hercegovini (Intercultural meetings in Bosnia and Herzegovina), shortly UG ISU BIH or ISU, which was registered by the Ministry of Justice of BiH in October 2004.
From the very beginning of ISU, there was a strong focus on recruiting participants from the whole Bosnia and Herzegovina. This has resulted in volunteer base of more then 60 active volunteers in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Brčko and other places. Since 2002, ISU has sent 180 AFS students from BiH abroad and hosted 47 students from 13 countries.