The students have so far visited The Foodbank, Dayton History, the Air Force Museum, Sinclair Community College, Troy and Oakwood high schools and gave a presentation Wednesday night at Dayton City Commission. They are living with 12 host families around the region.
Commissioner Shenise Turner-Sloss suggested that local students, particularly students from Dayton Public Schools, could benefit from a similar program sending students to Bosnia.
The current grant from the state department only goes to fund the students coming to Dayton, but previously students from the Dayton area have gone overseas to Bosnia on exchange in 2017 and 2018, according to Dayton Sister Cities Committee.
Mustafa Mutapcic, one of the students from Bosnia, said he and other students didn’t know what to expect.
“There were many new things to us because new cultures are different. Everything is different to us. And it’s definitely an amazing experience to see what does life look like somewhere else to new people that have different mentality than our people,” he said.
Commissioner Matt Joseph said he hoped the students can get something out of the program.
“I just want to say that a lot of us up here and out there in the audience got their starts in careers when they had an extraordinary experience somewhere doing something like this.” Joseph said. “So you may not know it yet, but when you get back, something may strike you, like wow, this this has really made a change in my life.”