FAQs

   
PACT is Peace Action Children’s Team.
Peace Action Children's Team is an international non-profit organization founded in Hawaii in 2005, that is celebrating 10th year of peace-building and sharing Aloha! PACT is dedicated to building a peaceful future, and breaking the cycle of intolerance and ignorance that has fueled so many conflicts in the past.TOP

Why here? Why Now?
When there are so many problems at home and around the world, why travel to the Balkans to work for Peace?

Because of this regions past and fairly recent violence, there is a sharp appreciation among the population for lasting Peace, for ending senseless killing, and for finding a new way to go forward into the future. If these people, who have suffered so much, can choose peace over vengeance, there is an opportunity to break the historical cycle and learn lessons that can be carried to the rest of the world. The economic and religious forces at work in the Balkans cause friction elsewhere, and may find solutions here.

By teaching respect for our common humanity, and appreciation for our individual uniqueness and diversity, we can nurture the hope of peace on the ashes of war. TOP

Who are the children/youth we serve?
In 2005, PACT held it’s first camp for Balkan youth in Montenegro, before moving it’s camp site to a quieter location in Lumbarda, Croatia. Then in 2006, PACT initiated the Global Youth Leadership Summit which serves "at-risk" teens (ages 15-18) from the Balkans, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel/Palestine and Los Angeles, California, to offer personal growth and tolerance building workshops. ALL PACT programs are primarily hosted by young Hawaii volunteers, who practice leadership and facilitation skills as they participate in the various PACT global service learning opportunities. TOP

Where are the PACT camps held?
PACT camp programs including the Balkan Camp, Global Youth Leadership Summit and PACT SEAS are held in the town of Lumbarda, on the island of Korcula, off the Adriatic coast of Croatia TOP

What do PACT’s programs provide?
PACT programs enable children and youth living in daily proximity to violence to reclaim a part of their childhood, as they experience the safe and healing environment of our summer camp program. PACT provides at-risk children, with opportunities for play, creative self-expression and friendship with peers from other communities. Children and youth who may hold polarized and antagonistic views toward one another participate in a camp community that values mutual respect and teaches nonviolent means of conflict resolution. PACT provides on-going programs throughout the year, to support educational and health needs, and enable participants to maintain contact with camp friends.TOP

How does the Global Youth Leadership Summit work?
Global Youth Leadership Summit participants explore sources of conflict and learn peaceful means of conflict resolution, ways to decrease some of the effects of intolerance, and increase cultural understanding. Leadership training will enable teens to actively engage with their peers in developing PACT camps in their own home communities. The GYLS hosted by American volunteers seek to provide participants with meaningful personal experiences, while encouraging group cooperation, and enhancing their capacities to play a greater role as active participants in building a more peaceful world. TOP

What and where is the PACT SEAS Program?
In 2011 PACT received a wonderful and unique donation of a boat from the Wild Whale Research Foundation in Hawaii.  Other generous donations were contributed to have the vessel placed at the PACT Camp site in Croatia, to create our new PACT SEAS “Island to Island” program for youth, to enhance their peace-building endeavors through environmental awareness and marine education.TOP

What is a Peace Leadership Program?
Peace leaders from around the world come together in Korcula to work with children from the Balkans Camp, and with teens in the Global Youth Leadership Summit. In pre-camp and evening sessions, peace leaders will learn about the culture, language, history and conflict of the region from local scholars. These volunteers come in a variety of “shapes and sizes”: grandmothers, college and high school students, businessmen, teachers, social workers, psychologists, clergy, and marine researchers. All will learn from others’ techniques and the PACT programs promoting peace. TOP

Is it safe to travel to Croatia?
PACT volunteers have made hundreds of trips to Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia without incident. The history, beauty and people of the region make it a fascinating place to visit. Croatia finally became a member of the EU (European Union) in 2013, and was recently voted the safest place to travel in Europe. None the less, travelers should always exercise vigilance for their personal safety while traveling and consult the State Department's travel advisories. TOP