The Serious Road Trip
The original Serious Road Trip was established in London in July 1991, starting up with a tour of orphanages and institutions in Romania, Poland and Russia. In 1992, TSRT's converted London bus joined the International Peace Convoy to Sarajevo, making TSRT the first British NGO to enter the besieged city.
Over the next two or three years, TSRT implemented a vital aid distribution programme using an eight-truck fleet of brightly-painted trucks based at the Croatian port of Split and delivering humanitarian aid throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina. Between 1992 and 1995, TSRT trucks delivered more than 3,000 tonnes of aid. Simultaneously, TSRT circus projects reached out to children in refugee camps and other institutions throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina and neighboring countries.
With the end of the war, the need for aid deliveries diminished, and TSRT shifted to focusing more on cultural and entertainment projects, particularly aimed at children. TSRT circus projects continued to tour Bosnia-Herzegovina, while expanding to other countries including Romania, Chechnya and Ingushetiya.
In 1999, with most TSRT volunteers moving on to other projects, the London office was closed down, leaving the work of TSRT to be carried on by TSRT's French affiliate, TSRT Connexion Humanitaire Française.