Alexandra White

Students with Masks in the classrooms

Alexandra White

I was a student during the summer of 2019 within the Peace & Conflict Summer Program. I have so many fond memories of the program & wanted to pass along a summary and pictures of my time there so you could use it for the website! Thank you for such an amazing experience that myself and my cohorts will never forget!


I actually arrived in Kosovo a month before classes started. I was able to land an internship with the IPKO foundation. Not only did this internship teach me new skills, it also allowed me to get a real feel for the country prior to classes starting. For future students considering the program, I highly suggest getting an internship before or after the program & immersing yourself in the wonderful country of Kosovo. Here are some pictures with my coworkers & those who I was able to mentor during my internship. 



As for the program itself, it is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. By going on a tour of the Balkans before starting classes, the students were able to then bring what they saw back to the classroom. It allowed for greater conversation as we could recall things we learned on the tour. The classes then enabled us to build upon those initial ideas. Through a great number of open conversations, we discussed the past of the Balkans and what the future may look like. Having an open dialogue and open office hours with our professors made all the difference & the conversations never ended in the classroom. I am so thankful for the experience I had at RIT Kosovo and to any considering the Peace & Conflict program, it will not disappoint.