The Kosovo Peace and Conflict summer program was such an incredible study abroad experience for me! During my participation in this program, I gained a unique perspective on the history of the Balkans. One of the greatest contributors to my learning was the week-long cultural excursion where we got to tour the different regions that make up the Balkans. Being able to visit historical cities and landmarks that we were learning about in our courses really instilled in me a deeper understanding and sense of connection with the topics being taught. On the topic of teaching, this program hosts teachers that actually had hands on experience in the topics and events being taught. Learning from individuals who lived and participated in the content they were teaching us allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for their work and sacrifices. Last but not least, my experience would not have been the same without the wonderful locals of Kosovo (this includes the amazing staff and students at RIT Kosovo). The genuine hospitality that I received from the RIT Kosovo staff, students and local people throughout the city of Pristina made feel welcome and part of an extended family. I look forward to visiting Pristina, Kosovo again hopefully in the near future!