Our Mission Statement
Balkan Sunflowers brings volunteers from around the world to work as neighbors and friends in social reconstruction and renewal. By organizing social and cultural activities, we exchange ideas and energy in order to promote understanding, further non-violent conflict transformation, and celebrate the diversity of the lives and cultures of the Balkan region.
Working for a few weeks or many months, volunteers bring skills, experience, and enthusiasm to societies that have been depleted by conflict. The volunteers are themselves enriched by their involvement in community building.
Balkan Sunflowers activities are intended both to achieve concrete results and to enliven and empower the participants and their communities. Through play, art, sports, work, and celebration, and in compassionate response to traumatic experiences, we serve the communities within which we live.
A fundamental aim of Balkan Sunflowers is to show that multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural teams can come from all over the world and live and work together non-violently. . . . Through its work Balkan Sunflowers aims to give an impulse to everyone who is working for peace and reconciliation.