In addition to spending time with the children and simply giving them the attention and love they deserve, the group ensures that their time is spent productively; for example helping to move furniture in preparation for the opening of Naša Kuca as well as creating a mural at the orphanage. The students from the schools were thrilled to be able to leave something behind and the children in the orphanage commented on the positive effect their mural had on the orphanage’s environment.

Leisure trips have included a fascinating expedition to a local cave, river rafting, swimming and a boat excursion on the Adriatic. The students also organized sports events, face painting, arts and crafts, group baking and a wonderful talent show with both the students from London and children from Mostar taking part.

The money raised by the students also pays for a group of children from the orphanage to spend a week on the Croatian coast. For many of the children this is their only opportunity to escape the monotony of life at the orphanage.

It’s the quiet one-on-one moments and burgeoning friendships that are the highlights for both the students and the children.