Attention Animal Lovers!! Help!

There is a dog sanctuary that will probably soon be shut down. There are just a few days left. A petition is raising awareness and collecting signatures from around the world to stop the dogs from losing their homes and keep them alive. They will surely be collected if this is not stopped. What will happen to them is uncertain.

Where is this happening? Nis, Serbia. Please help! Please please please sign the petition.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/399/617/989/450-dogs-to-be-evicted-on-christmas-day-massive-international-protest/

Here is an article in Serbian about it: http://www.telegraf.rs/vesti/1352635-gori-internet-zbog-srbije-i-nisa-akcija-spasavanja-niskih-pasa-postala-svetski-trend-ukljucite-se-foto

Sasha has done a great job for years helping the strays of the city.

There is also an organization that has gotten involved,Serbia’s forgotten Paws is doing a tremendous job with collecting strays, caring for them, and trying to find them homes! People from around the globe have joined in and made pilgrimages to Serbia to help. Please Check out their site here and like it! https://www.facebook.com/serbiasforgottenpawspage

Thanks for your support!

 

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Kick Start Your Good Health!

Today, I am excited to introduce you to some friends of mine who have the most amazing app created that can simplify your struggle in having a healthy lifestyle.

But, first let me tell you how I met these motivated peeps.

I was working in the U.S. and they were over on a summer work program. They were working two jobs and still managed to come to work smiling, even though they were burning the candle at both ends.

Both Evelina and Pavel worked their way up from busing and expo kitchen work to serving.  Not an easy task for non native English speaker who do not live full-time in the U.S., but they managed! It shows how motivated they are.

Later, I found out they were working to pay for the highly expensive American University in Sofia, Bulgaria. The cost of the tuition is the same as a public university in the U.S. That kind of tuition is outrageous in Eastern Europe. But they managed with some scholarships and very hard work.

Presently, they are working to make eating healthy easier for everyone with an app. Let me introduce you to my friends and their endeavor.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1313992172/eatwell-app-eating-healthy-made-easy

If you can help get them closer to the goal of meeting the goal that would be awesome.  And remember, the money is only taken from your account if the project meets its goal. Thanks for reading!

Here’s to your health!

 

We Interrupt the Regularly Scheduled Program…Epic floods in Serbia and Bosnia

I am south-east Serbia, so I am not affected, but so many are. Entire towns and regions are devastated. Photo credit: https://twitter.com/Balkanist/status/467753725587886080

I don’t know if you have heard, but there are tens of thousands of people evacuated from their towns. One report I read stated that 15,475 people were evacuated.

 

Please pray for Serbia and Bosnia. Photo Credit: Saska Bogeski

I know that some people are having some flooding on the east coast, but it is not the same at all. This is the worst flooding Serbia has seen in 120 years.  Many have died and many are missing. The PM is not releasing numbers until it is all over, and I think that is wise.

Some in the town of  Loznica are stranded and are awaiting help. They are without power, water, and medicine. A rescue attempt was made but failed.

Photo credit

Sabac, a town in western Serbia was saved by 10,000 volunteers who showed up to build a levy that would keep out flood waters. If the levy broke, the waters would have risen to the third floor of the buildings.

Photo credit: Dragan Djedovic

Flooding has created mudslides. Rushing waters have hit cement homes, and those homes have crumbled and fell.

Photo Credit: Anonymous Srbija on Facebook

Help for the people is coming from within Serbia. Our town and every other town has collection venues. Cars and trucks are being packed loaded and sent off to lend aid.

Lots more help is coming from other countries. Russia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Austria,  Germany, U.S., France, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Israel, the Czech Republic, and Croatia. 

Like I said, I live in south-east Serbia, we have had lots of rain in the last month. But not such epic proportions. and we are not located on a large river. Just the little Timok River that is now high and muddy. It has stopped most of the work on our farm, but nothing else.

We are lucky, but so many families and animals aren’t.

This is truly a horrible blow to a country that is already having such economic difficulty.

I fear the flooding will have dire effects on the farmers and their crops. That will drive the cost of the food and hurt the people even more. I could cry for the people here. This is devastating.

Please help if you can.

Thank you on behalf of the many in need.

Links for new stories on the floods:

http://inserbia.info/today/2014/05/floods-in-serbia-15475-people-so-far-evacuated-sabac-secured/

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2014&mm=05&dd=16&nav_id=90346

http://inserbia.info/today/2014/05/floods-in-serbia-sabac-loznica-cut-off-lucani-completely-flooded/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27454669

Entering the TEFL world (Please Help!)

I have been living in Serbia now for 9 months. It takes time to get your Sea legs when you get on a moving ship. I got on a moving ship with a moving baby. My identity has changed two-fold. I am not just an expat, but also an expat mum now. For the first few months it was as if the rug was swiftly removed and I was flailing to find footing.

Gratefully now, I am recovering. I think I landed on my backside, but I will soon be standing tall. I am finding my self and who I will become! I am entering the wold of TEFL or Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

I plan to start with and English club this fall at the Library. Meeting once a week with the first week getting a feel for who may be interested. It is a small town and I am not sure what I am in for, but I am optimistic! I believe children and teens will be my main students. But I would love to work with adults as well.

Eventually, I would love to make a living at this. I know that I love kids, I love teaching, and I have what no other English teachers have in my town, English as my Native tongue. This does not make me cocky, but confident I have something new to offer. I know I have lots to learn from teachers native to this land.

Any advice is welcome. Advice on teaching, books, and degrees. I haven’t gotten a TEFL degree yet. I am unsure if I will need one, but I am looking into them.

I would love to hear from other TEFLers on books that have been helpful. Thanks in advance!!

What happens when you defend yourself against a burglar in Serbia and the US

Not unlike back home in the US, I have found that defending your home and family is a risky business in Serbia. I just got this link from a friend this morning telling a story about a family in Belgrade who had been burglarized a few weeks earlier and when the burglar came back this past Wednesday, the confrontation between the man of the house and the return “guest” resulted in the death of the intruder. The man, Saska is in jail accused of murder. The laws need to change! He was only protecting  his wife and daughter who were also there at the time.

There is a petition you can fill out for a change in the law included in the article below. If you are interested in helping.

Here is the article I read this morning. http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/05/25/when-a-burglar-enters-your-home-debating-serbias-self-defense-law/

Saska’s wife is a friend of mine online. I found her when I was looking for help with finding other expats like myself. Even though she didn’t know me from Adam, she helped me find friends close by who I could chat with and who understood my intercultural family.

Please join me in praying for this family as the mother and child are now home without the man of the house to protect them and they must feel very vulnerable. The husband is locked up for being a good man, protecting his family and his home. They don’t know when he will be able to return.