The RCT Activity brought together over 30 youth from diverse ethnic backgrounds, coming from Cabra (Zubin Potok) and Leposavic municipality, this time in Leposavic. Youngsters eagerly prepared for their journey to the hiking spot. Welcomed by the hiking tutor, Mr. Nenad Milosavljević, a biology teacher from Leposavic, they received instructions and guidance, setting the stage for an exciting and educational adventure. This gathering not only celebrates the rich diversity present in the community but also fosters a sense of mutual understanding of the beautiful Kosovo areas that should be available for exploring for everyone.
Their journey commenced, leading them to one of the oldest water sources in the southwestern part of the massive Kopaonik mountain. Mr. Milosavljević shared a remarkable revelation: the water in that source had never ceased its eternal flow. Along the way, they were greeted by breathtaking fields adorned with a vibrant tapestry of colorful flowers and a rich variety of trees. According to Mr. Milosavljević, the landscape everyone was standing on is an inactive volcano, which furthermore increased the interest of the youth. The sight was truly awe-inspiring, providing a sense of integrity for the participants towards the natural landscapes that were surrounding them. This shared experience of natural splendor further united the group, fostering a sense of harmony between them.
Continuing their remarkable journey, Mr. Milosavljević led the youth to the secluded village of Jelakce. In that path, the participants had the privilege of meeting an elderly Kosovo Serbian couple, who interestingly were the sole residents of this old village. Language barriers were effortlessly bridged as the Serbian-speaking participants selflessly offered their assistance by translating conversations for their Albanian-speaking peers. This act of collaboration and understanding showcased the power of empathy and highlighted the shared humanity that transcends linguistic and cultural differences, which is of an utmost importance to be fostered.
“The experience with the elderly couple in the village was a very interesting experience for me. I got to better understand the importance of the protection of heritage. It was also very kind of my peers to help me communicate with them by translating for me.” said Learta Rrahmani.
As the memorable journey neared its end, the hiking tutor guided the youth to a hidden gem—a small lake that only reveals itself during this specific time of year, due to its challenging environmental conditions. This rare sight served as a poignant reminder of the fleeting beauty that exists in the world, inspiring the participants to cherish each moment. After taking some time to rest and reflect on the hike, everyone gathered on the bus, eager to share their favorite moments from the trip. Laughter, stories, and heartfelt conversations filled the air, creating an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie. The abundance of cherished memories highlighted the tremendous impact of the RCT activity, fostering connections, breaking down barriers, and sowing the seeds of lasting friendships among the diverse group of youth.