Inspiring Role-models

Sara’s story

“I enjoy being a volunteer even more than I enjoyed camp as a child”

Sara, 22, grew up in a single-parent family in Bosnia-Herzegovina that struggled with poverty. Her family was enrolled in Mission Without Borders' (MWB) family sponsorship programme, and as a child, she loved going to summer camps.

Now a third-year student with an international scholarship at the University of Florida, Sara has a bright future ahead of her, and her family is doing much better. She hasn't forgotten MWB; however, even though her summer holidays are short, she has chosen to give her time to volunteer at summer camps for the past three years.

Not only do the children look forward to summer camp all year long, but so do many of the volunteers. Sara explained that she enjoys being a volunteer even more than she enjoyed camp as a child. It allows her to interact with many children, fellow volunteers, and peers, listen to their stories, and understand others' perspectives.

Sara shares, "Volunteering at summer camp always recharges me for the rest of the year."  She added, "As a camper, I felt incredibly grateful for the summer camp, the staff, and all the new friends I made. It was always a lot of fun, and all the activities made me feel active and productive. 

"And so, to return the favour in a way, I decided to volunteer. I wanted to help and be involved in the same way others had for me. Even if lively and sometimes unruly, the campers are great kids, and their innocence and enthusiasm always serve as a remarkable reset from the difficulties of everyday life. They also motivate me to return the following year. 

"I can't pick a favourite moment from summer camp because every conversation I have with the campers, no matter who they were, always ends up being so memorable." 

I can't pick a favourite moment from summer camp


Matea, MWB communications manager in Bosnia-Herzegovina, said, "Experiences at summer camp are like a box full of different sweets. Everyone has different needs and expectations, but the magic is that everyone gets the right sweet: exactly what they need.

"There are some children who need the chance to make friends and develop social skills; others who have a lot of responsibilities at home and need a break and time for themselves. Then there are children with worries, who need time to look at things from a different perspective. Everyone has their own story to tell, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that they all receive what they need at summer camp. 

Leaving people in a better state than when we found them and giving them the tools for their everyday life so they can be stronger and have something to look forward to are all things we strive for.


At summer camp, children are inspired not only by the fun activities and incredible surroundings – but also by the kindness and respect shown by the staff and volunteers; the Christlike love they model, and the attention and interest they take in others. The volunteers are young leaders that the children look up to; they demonstrate how to be mature, loving, healthy adults. That inspiration gives children a new paradigm to live by, with an impact that lasts far beyond the summer. 

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