Community engagement

Fundamental to the original mission of our college is deep and consistent engagement with our community throughout the year. From UWC Day, when we fill the city’s public promenade with the colors of national clothing and tastes of world cuisine, to the Street Arts Festival, which the college initiated years ago to take back the public spaces of the city from fascist graffiti, community engagement is essential to the UWC Mostar experience.



Teachers for future 

“Teachers for future  - a professional development programme for high-school teachers in Bosnia and Herzegovina” project took place during school year 2021-2022. This professional development programme included four modules, the first one being aimed at all participants and the three others aimed at specific subjects/subject groups. The modules were designed to be highly intensive and participatory, with the maximum opportunity for dialogue, debate and analysis in seminar style to provide participants with concrete ideas to take back into classroom and outdoor planning. All participants took part in the first online module “Intercultural educational practices in BiH: Academics and Co-curricular programme, lessons learned by UWC Mostar” and additionally in one in-person model designed for their subject area.

Overarching goal of this project was to move from short-term training to a longer-term professional development approach. The participants were not only receiving training but were actively contributing to the activities, including sharing materials. We believe there could be much more to do to create further opportunities for cross-regional teacher cooperation.

Working materials are available to interested teachers in shared folders and can be requested via these links: Mathematics, English language and Visual Arts.

The programme was supported by Schmitz Stiftung and UWC Deutsche Stiftung, and implemented by UWC Mostar.



UWC Day: Around the world in 80 minutes

The worldwide UWC Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the different cultures of our College by sharing them with the Mostar community. It is the first big event of the school year, at end of September. UWC Day in Mostar is named “Around the world in 80 minutes” because it is designed as a way for Mostarians to experience the cultures of the world. All visitors get a “UWC Mostar Passport,” and when they visit each national table (59 this year!), informing themselves about the culture and tasting the cuisine, they also get a stamp in their passport, so Mostarians young and old can travel virtually even if many cannot geographically.


Šantić poetry night

Aleksa Šantić was Mostar’s most famous poet. The Gimnazija building carried his name till 1995, and many inhabitants of Mostar still use his name when talking about the school. It is in his honour that Šantić Cultural Days are organized every year, and for the last two year UWC Mostar has become an integral part. Our students organize the closing evening of the cultural days under the supervision of our teacher, Tanja Čvoro. On this very special evening our students read poems from their countries and their own original works to the citizens of Mostar.


Climate March

In 2015 UWC Mostar students teamed up with students from the Mostar Gimnazija to organize the first ever Global Climate March in Mostar, timed with the Paris Climate talks. After gathering in the Spanish Square, over one hundred students and community members marched through old town, over the Old Bridge, and past Sunday coffee drinkers to raise awareness for climate issues. See this short video made by a Finnish tourist who was caught up in the fun!

Winter Arts Festival

UWC Mostar organises its traditional Winter Arts Festival (WAF) every December. The purpose of the festival is to offer a series of creative artistic events, enriching Mostar cultural life. WAF is also a great opportunity for UWC Mostar students to display the breadth of their talents through music, theatre, visual arts performances and creative workshops open to students from other schools. UWC Mostar students also use the Winter Arts Festival to organize various charity actions and sales in cooperation with their CAS partners. The WAFs are usually coordinated by UWC Mostar Arts teachers.