In a small house in Belgrade, a teenage girl is drying her hair, while two others eat nearby. Several boys are having their temperature tested at the door. It is another busy day for Svratiste, which is Belgrade's first center for children who live on the streets. For years, the building has provided warmth and shelter for the city's most ignored children.
Since opening in 2007, Svratiste has welcomed hundreds of children, some as young as five years old. They come here to warm up, wash or eat. The kids that come to the center are all aged 5 to 15. What's common for all of them is that they work in the street and live in extreme poverty. Also very few ever go to school.
Svratiste's team of 13 social workers, psychologists and other experts have welcomed more than 1,400 children over the years. Money for the group's operations comes from donations. Some people regularly bring in clothes and other aid. The group recently set up another center in a new part of town. Usually, the two centers are open every day. But both were sealed off because of restrictions when the COVID-19 pandemic(新型冠状病毒疫情)started in March. When Belgrade reopened in May, most of the children came back.
The Svratiste team has tried to help the children get to know their city by visiting playgrounds and theaters. An important effort has been to include them in the education system and make sure they stay. Bosko Markovic, now 18, first came to Svratiste five years ago. With the center's help, he has finished high school and now wants to be a policeman. Therefore, Svratiste has made him a better person.
Welcome to LoongBridge Volunteer Summer Camps! Click HERE to join us!
Type/Focus: Arts, Community Service, Study Abroad, Teen Travel
Description: For this year, we have 3 kinds of programs for young students (aged 8-20) all over the world.
Volunteer & Culture Camp (3 weeks): June 29—July 20
One-day visit to children Charity（慈善）Villages to give some help, understand their lives, and learn from these children who never give up though they have family misfortunes.
Language & Arts Cam (3 weeks): June 25—July 15
Chinese language study through high-quality classroom education, one-on-one partnership with local Chinese students, real-life conversation etc.
Chinese traditional arts learning including Chinese painting, erhu and paper-cutting.
Learning-China Camp (2-3 weeks): July 4-July 20/July 15-August 5.
Chinese history learning from visiting museums and ancient capitals of China: Beijing, Xi'an, Luoyang.
Learning about today's China to know its rapid development and new challenges through activities, factory tours, city walks, etc.
Understanding the lifestyles of Chinese people in different ages from talks, home visits, shopping experience, etc.
When he was driving home one evening on a country road, Joe saw an old lady, stranded（抛锚）on the side of the road. He stopped in front of her car and got out. Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. He looked poor and hungry. He knew how she felt. He said, “I am here to help you, madam. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Joe.”
She had a flat tire（轮胎）.Joe crawled under the car, changed the tire. But he got dirty and his hands hurt. She could not thank him enough and asked him how much she owed him. He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance he needed, and Joe added, “And think of me.”
She drove off. A few miles down the road the lady saw a small restaurant. She went in. The waitress had a sweet smile, and was nearly eight months pregnant（怀孕）. The old lady wondered how someone like her who seemed poor could be so kind to a stranger. Then she remembered Joe. After the lady finished her meal, the waitress went to get her change from a hundred-dollar bill. But she stepped right out of the door.
When the waitress came back, she noticed something written on a napkin, “I am helping you because someone once helped me. If you really want to pay me back, here's what you do—Do not let the chain of love end with you.”
That night when she got home, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. She and her husband needed money with the baby due next month. She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she whispered, “Everything's going to be all right. I love you, Joe.”
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of North Georgia seeks to hire a part-time instructor of Chinese for the Fall Term 2017. Depending on enrollments（登记人数）, the opportunity could continue in the spring and be ongoing.
Located in the fastest-growing area of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus（多校园）university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, the UNG is responsive to local education and economic development needs.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
Teaching schedules may include evening or online classes.
Certifications/ Licenses & Minimum Requirements:
The candidate should have a Master's degree in Chinese or related field.
Native or near-native fluency in Chinese.
Expected Hire Date: 08/01/2017
Special instructions to applicants:
If you received any graduate degrees from an institution outside the United States, you must provide a foreign course-by-course evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service, Inc.
All employment offers are dependent upon successful completion of a background investigation（调查）, as determined by the University of North Georgia. The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin, age, disability or religion. We provide equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.