Thursday, 9 January 2020

UNMO Buddy System wishes you a Happy New Year!

The start of the new year always feels like a big deal, but this New Year's, we're entering a new decade. UNMO Buddy System volunteers alongside Erasmus and Mevlana exchange students organised a trip to Sarajevo for New Year's Eve. Students and volunteers attended an open concert and stayed at Ljubicica Hostel where they had the warmest welcome. They met new friends from Turkey, Singapore, South Korea, Serbia. 
Keep in mind: "Erasmus people are not just inspiring friends but a family that will stay with you for the next chapters of this book called life."

Thank you everyone for joining and UNMO Buddy System wishes you a Happy New Year.

Teaching staff mobility from Wszechnica Polska University in Warsaw, Erasmus+

True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
Nikos Kazantzakis

I chose this quote by, because my visit at the Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar showed me that a beautiful bridge can be built not only between the two banks of the river, but also between people.
I am very happy that I had the opportunity to visit the Faculty of Education UNMO as a visiting professor under the Erasmus mobility program.
My visit took place in January 2020, was organized with the support of Wszechnica Polska University in Warsaw. Our university, which has an agreement with the Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar, hence not only staff but also students can benefit from the exchange program. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
Conducting classes in another country is always a challenge. Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar received me very warmly. Over the past few days, I have been accompanied by curiosity, openness, reflection, surprise, joy and frosty mornings. I strongly support everyone in Bosnia who believes in education and change and wants to develop this beautiful country!

dr Marek Smulczyk

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Muhammed Ozen - his volunteering experience

Age: 20
Home University: Akdeniz University
Host University: Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar
Exchange period: 2019./20.
Exchange program: Mevlana

One of the exchange students Muhammed Ozen participated in a workshop as part of the Methodical Practice course led by professor Edina Spago-Cumurija. In addition to the beautifully conducted workshops, the students organized, with the help of numerous friends and Santa Claus, a giveaway of New Year's packages for wonderful children where they were learning English. 

Muhammed said: "I had an amazing experience, I have met really good people. I learned so many things and I am really happy that I had this chance to volunteer."

Friday, 27 December 2019

Davide Giannubilo - the experience of an incoming student

Davide Giannubilo

Age: 23
Home University: Polytechnic Marche University in Ancona
Host University: “Dzemal Bijedic” University of Mostar
Exchange period: 25th of February till the 09th of July 2019

Hello everybody,

My name is Davide Giannubilo and I am an Italian ex-student of the Polytechnic Marche University in Ancona, maybe some of you know it and where it is. (ex-student because now I am working)

Anyway, I am here to speak about my Erasmus story in Mostar I have been from the 25th of February till the 09th of July. First of all you should know that, this one was not my first Erasmus experience since I have already done one in 2018 in Portugal (Covilhã). So, for this reason, I already knew what was waiting for me, but everything was different.

You know, in Italy nobody speaks about the Balkan and, when I saw the opportunity to come in Bosnia & Herzegovina, I said “Ok, I wanna try it”, also because I wanted do a different Erasmus experience than the classical ones.

So I have chosen Mostar because it has a good faculty for my studies, which are Computer Science Engineering. The university is small but it is well managed, the courses are very good and the professors as well.

About Mostar, I liked it a lot because I have never been in a city with the mosques, that was my first time, I have never been in a small university like the “Džemal Bijedić” of Mostar. I met a lot of friends from faculty and during my staying and I have experienced what means be a “Mostarac” going around the city with them. I tried a lot of new dishes like burek, čevapi, etc… and they are very good. (said from a guy who has the best cuisine in the world)

This was a different experience because everything was different from that one in Portugal; the city, the people, the war, the way of think, the university and that is why I have loved and I will love that place and that country because I learnt a lot of things thanks to those differences.
I think that Mostar and the entire Bosnia & Herzegovina has a big opportunity to grow up with the Erasmus program and with its students. Only together we will reach our goal.

Thank you

I will come back.
Davide Giannubilo

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Lejla Cardzic - the experience of an outgoing student

Lejla Cardzic 

Age: 22
Home University: "Dzemal Bijedic" University of Mostar
Host University: JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Exchange period: 2017/18 

My name is Lejla Cardzic. I come from Bosnia and Herzegovina. But now I live and work in Finland. I have graduated, as a Mechanical Engineer, a year ago. During my study exchange period in JAMK in 2017, I fell in love with the country and decided to look for work and stay. It is enough to say ‘The land of thousand lakes’ and it already sounds like a dreamland. Well for me, it really is.

There are 187 888 lakes and 178 947 islands here. Finland has been well known for its good educational system which is mostly based on practical knowledge through teamwork. That helps to get new friends, which makes studies more interesting. Almost everywhere in Finland, people have access to free education in both: basic and advanced skills. In this country, education is aimed at offering equal opportunities. Studying in JAMK makes every student feel special, there every student is a priority for each professor. They will not stop explaining the matter until they are sure we have completely understood their lesson. Tutor teacher helps exchange students in every possible issue getting you to feel you are important. During my study in Finland, I had some free time for other activities as well. I studied the Finnish language on my own, while I was studying mechanical engineering at JAMK. I now speak Finnish every day. It is one of the most difficult but also the most beautiful and poetical languages. It is worth every effort. I have been listening to Finnish heavy metal bands since childhood, which also contributed to my love of Finland. Finland has heavy metal bands per capita in the world. Sauna is one of the things I got used to the most here and cannot imagine my life without it now. There are more saunas than cars in Finland. You can often hear Finns complaining about cold Finnish weather. That is because most people here have no idea how hard it is to study, work, breath, fall asleep and eat, while temperatures are too high. This has been the best summer of my life.

Outdoor activities, playing, swimming, reading books, all day on the beach, without feeling uncomfortable, sweaty or tired. The sun is constantly on the horizon. It is shining, but not burning. When we get bored of it, then comes beautiful constant darkness, covered with northern lights. White winter, exactly how winter is supposed to be. The one I had seen in Christmas movies as a little girl, hoping I will someday live here. For me, it is impossible to choose the favorite season in this Dreamland of mine, so any semester you decide to study in Finland, will be the best season. Following my graduation, I looked for a workplace in Finland. Finns are well known for their high mentality, which beside taking care of nature and deep honesty, includes the respect of anyone’s effort. They did respect mine effort in studying Finnish, graduating in time, as well as my love for this country. That helped to get a workplace in Finland, as a Mechanical Engineer at Consulting and Engineering company Elomatic in Jyväskylä site. I will be forever grateful for this wonderful honest nation for respecting me and my efforts, believing in my dreams, giving me an opportunity to succeed here, in this heaven on Earth. 

Sincerely, Lejla

UNMO Buddy System wishes you a Happy New Year!

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