This year’s Thanksgiving wasn’t only different for our YES Abroad exchange students in Banjaluka, but also for a group of 5th and 6th grade students from a local elementary school “Borisav Stankovic”, who had an opportunity to participate in an educational, interactive workshop about the history and meaning of Thanksgiving.
Together with their teachers Gordana Macura and Miladinka Simisic Macura, 25 young students visited the American Corner in Banjaluka, where they were greeted by Sonja Przulj, the director of the American Corner, Lee Wilson, this year’s Fulbright English Teaching Assistant placed in Banjaluka, Ella Thompson, Bryca Song-Weiss and Chloe Koebel, our three YES Abroad students in Banjaluka, and Barry Simpson, this year’s English Language Fellow placed in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the next two hours, YES Abroad students, together with Barry, Lee and Sonja, facilitated discussions and activities through which everyone learned about the history of Thanksgiving, as well as its meaning today. All participants were then encouraged to make cards and notes about what they were thankful for in their lives.
“This event was very special, for me as well as for all the participants. Children were so immersed and focused on the lecturing, discussion, as well as on these creative, thinking parts of activities when they were asked to write and draw, expressing their gratefulness. It was so rewarding and fulfilling to see how everyone worked well together, and how knowledge of culture and history was exchanged on the spot”, said Sonja Przulj, the director of the American Corner in Banjaluka.
If you still wonder what these children were thankful for, see for yourself!
“I am thankful for Food. I helped my (now) best friend from Serbia to now somthing of new street and place.”