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August and September 2016

Since mid-August, North Star has been working with I’m Human Organization iHo in Kelebija. We are happy to say that we have been able to sponsor a team  of Serbian volunteers for ALL OF SEPTEMBER to run children’s educational programming operating out of the Kelebija Learning Center. Children here are often stuck for one month or more, and we hope that English, German, geography, and art activities will help get them back on the road to success.

May 30-June 2nd, 2016

NorthStar Nis volunteers work at ‘Sport for Life 2016’ Camp in Vlasina Lake. A camp dedicated to youth throughout Serbia.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Volunteers from our Novi Pazar team organized a middle school trash collection competition on Monday to raise awareness about littering. Team members split into groups to simultaneously supervise students at four middle schools and deliver trashcans, read a prepared speech about the importance of keeping the city clean, pass out trash bags and gloves for students, and supervise the 30 minutes of allotted cleaning time. The winner of the project who collected the most trash was Rifat Burdžević Tršo middle school, which will be awarded a mural painted by our volunteers as requested by the students.

As a prize for the winning middle school of Monday’s trash collection competition, volunteers from NorthStar’s Novi Pazar team completed a one-day mural painting project at Rifat Burdžević Tršo middle school on Saturday.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
‘Sketch your futures with us’

Two of our team members, Jessica Collins and Samuel McGinn, presented to students in Novi Pazar. The presentation guided students through applying to graduate programs in the United States and youth mobility visas in Canada, as a way to build and gain academic and work experience. The event was coordinated by Novi Pazar, project coordinator, Patrick McGrath.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tuesday and Wednesday were spent at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. In coordination with the Faculty we put on a refugee crisis conference for the students, filled with great insight on what has been happening along the Balkan route since the summer of 2015. A big thanks to UNHCR, ADRA, Miksaliste and the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography students for their presentations. We are so thrilled to have put on this presentation for the Faculty of Political Science and Clemson University Department of Political Science students. On Wednesday, Serbian and American students joined once again to simulate and apply what they learned in Tuesday’s presentations on the refugee crisis. A big thank you to all the students and their energetic participation!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A team of North Star volunteers in Novi Pazar completed the mural project at a local kindergarten. A number of artists helped create the designs and plans for the project, and all volunteers helped in the painting process over a three-day period. Volunteers also coordinated with the kindergarten to work with the children who helped decorate a number of walls with colorful handprints. Photo credit: Husein Djulović

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Four NorthStar volunteers from the Novi Pazar team paid a visit to the city’s local retirement home on Wednesday to spend time with the residents. Volunteers spent part of the afternoon talking and keeping company with seniors over refreshments. The visit provided a memorable experience for the home’s residents and served to help connect the city’s young people connect with older members! Photo Credit: Husein Djulović

Friday, April 1, 2016
‘Sketch your futures with us’

Last Friday, two of our team members, Jessica Collins and Samuel McGinn, presented to students at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Niš. The presentation guided students through applying to graduate programs in the United States and youth mobility visas in Canada, as a way to build and gain academic and work experience.

Friday, March 19, 2016
#HvalaSrbija

Our two local volunteers from Niš give back to the community! Danilo and Milan, accompanied Jessica in picking up and distributing donations to a local charity dedicated to vulnerable peoples in Niš!

Saturday, March 13, 2016
‘Guiding Light’

The North Star team headed to Preševo this weekend to connect with NGOs on the ground. We can’t wait to return and partner with some great teams on new projects.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016
‘Guiding Light’

Idomeni: Aca asks the crucial question are refugees really welcome? Check-in from Idomeni where a “self-inflicted humanitarian disaster” is unfolding, according to UNHCR, as soon-to-be ten thousand people are pooling at a border that suddenly excluded them for no reason. Humanity should not be conditional.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016
‘Guiding Light’

We made our first trip as a team this weekend to Sid, Serbia. While we were there, the Principovac camp deported 300 refugees back to Presevo, Serbia. With the situation of the Balkan route rapidly changing, it has become evident that our focus should remain on the refugees within Serbian and who have applied for asylum status.