A really cool thing about the YES Abroad Program (at least in Sarajevo, and I would assume elsewhere) is that participants have a quota for volunteering hours. So far we’ve cooked zucchini for a Bajram meal at a senior center and and today we scoured a smaller rock-climbing gym. The four of us went to a youth center in my neighborhood. It was surprisingly fun, and it felt good to use my muscles when we were scrubbing the walls to a pearly white. There were several intimidating spiders who lurked in the corners, and at one point Helena was impressed by how much dust can fit into a vacuum bag. However, for the most part it was a rewarding afternoon, and it feels nice to give back a little something to the community that is supporting me for the year.
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