Aleksandra Pupovac, FLEX alumna ‘15, became a prominent, active alumna the moment she set her foot back on Serbian soil. She took part in five different activities over the course of the summer of 2015.
Firstly, on June 19-20, 2015, Aleksandra volunteered for a local student organization EUS and was a sightseeing guide for tourists who came to visit Belgrade. She used her perfected English skills to introduce the tourists to Serbian monuments, historical sights and, most importantly, culture.
Secondly, Aleksandra took part in a camp called Jony and Friends, which was organized from June 28 to July 3 on Divčibare mountain. The theme of this camp was helping children with special needs. Over the course of 5 days, Aleksandra and her volunteer mates worked with the children and gave their best to make the children’s stay as enjoyable as possible.
Thirdly, Aleksandra joined the camp Coaches for Christ in order to work with Roma children in Obrenovac and Surčin. A team from Ireland came to Serbia to teach the Roma children soccer over the course of 5 days, July 5-10, and Aleksandra was there to help and reach out.
Fourthly, Aleksandra continued volunteering with Roma children at yet another camp which took place in a village nearby Vršac. The camp, called Una, was organized by a local church and Aleksandra was in charge of interpreting from Serbian into English to an American team of volunteers.
Last, but not the least, on July 13-14, Aleksandra volunteered for an organization in Vršac which realized a two-day seminar for teachers and parents on how to understand children with special needs and make their time in the classroom easier and less stressful.
Aleksandra Pupovac is leaving Serbia in December to pursue education in the United States. She is currently working on an anti-bullying project which she is planning to realize before she leaves. However, we at the American Councils in Serbia look forward to hearing more from Aleksandra and her volunteering endavours on the other side of the Atlantic.