Students visit Djecji dom Maslina Children‚Äôs Center, the oldest children‚Äôs home in Croatia. It is a beautiful four-story home situated on the steep hills outside the old town of Dubrovnik, overlooking the bright blue bay. Walking in we pass a basketball court, seesaw, and beautifully shaded pergola. Upon arrival Director, Ilijana Stojanovic, welcomes the students. She speaks about the home and their mission to keep siblings together and build a positive environment.
This is the highlight of my trip. I didn‚Äôt think I would have such a strong connection. Even though we couldn‚Äôt interact with language we could interact through activity like coloring and smiling.¬†This is my first time in this kind of situation and environment. It makes you step back and realize what you have back at home, and how fortunate you are.¬†Nothing compares to this moment.¬†I knew I wanted to be a psychology major, but now I know I want to work with little kids because I feel like I can connect really well. Briana Geraci from El Camino College
I bonded with a girl named Imma. When we went to the orphanage we brought little coloring books, which gave us all the opportunity to open up.¬†I think we live in a bubble sometimes. I had the harsh realization that not everyone has what we have.¬†I noticed differences from American society. There are many things we take for granted. Katie Jernigen from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill