Julia Dowling

Julia Dowling (Bosnian Family – BOSFAM): Julia studied Classical Vocal Performance at Temple University, Irish history at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, and Comparative Colonial History at Smith College. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Smith in 2009. Julia served as Chair of the Smith Student Global AIDS Campaign for three years, educating the student body, advocating to local decision makers, and connecting local HIV+ communities with the campus. Julia has also lived in Durban, South Africa, where she studied Reconciliation and Development with the School for International Training and spent three summers as a participant and program assistant for Global Youth Connect in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the time of her fellowship, Julia was working at Jubilee USA, a network that works for economic justice and debt cancellation for poor countries. After her fellowship Julia wrote: “This fellowship …has broadened my understanding on a personal and professional level of what reconciliation and justice mean… It pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and challenged me intellectually like never before. I would say that these past six months have been the hardest, yet most rewarding period of growth I have ever experienced in my adult life.”

How to live happily in a challenging environment?

19 Aug

We laugh…. a lot.

My entries have become fewer and far between within the last 6 weeks.  This is, as always, both a good and bad thing.  I am busy!  With work and with friends!  I forgot how incredibly satisfying it is to have produced a solid writing project – which is what I have after a week working on a grant application for the US Embassy.  This came on the heels of my amazing long weekend in Montenegro, on which I will write a fuller entry at a later, less surprisingly busy moment in my life.

For the moment I offer to you all a funny, if not insightful, look into the past three months of my life in Bosnia.

Hope you enjoy a rather light take on our life here.  It’s been a challenging and sometimes emotionally difficult three months so far, but we try to laugh long and hard.  Enjoy!


Posted By Julia Dowling

Posted Aug 19th, 2011

1 Comment

  • wendy

    August 20, 2011


    I love the video Julia and Quinn….a Good healthy dose of humor goes a long way!

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