“IN ORDER FOR POSITIVE CHANGE TO HAPPEN, IT IS NECESSARY THAT THE CITIZENS FREE THEMSELVES OF THE SERBIAN PROGRESSIVE PARTY’S OPPRESSION”
Foto: Igor Besermenji, Instagram
Igor Besermenji has visited more than 40 countries on five continents during the past few years, but as he points out, his departure from his native city of Novi Sad was never planned in advance.
The opportunity to leave Serbia presented itself after completing his undergraduate studies, when he received a scholarship from the British government to continue his studies at the University of Birmingham.
“Over the last four years, I spent more time abroad, than in Serbia. It was never due to the decision to leave and never return. I never wanted that nor is it my plan, but because abroad, I was presented with opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible in Serbia. It all started in 2016, when I received a Chevening scholarship from the British government for a master’s degree in public administration. I lived and obtained my master’s degree at the University of Birmingham in Great Britain and subsequently, new opportunities and the decision to financially support myself, as well as my parents, took me in unimaginable directions. During the following years, I lived in Croatia, in Umag, then in Qatar, in Doha, where I live today “, Igor begins his story.
Upon completing his master studies, Igor returned to his hometown of Novi Sad for a short period of time, but there were no suitable opportunities in Serbia, when it came to his further growth, improvement or finding an adequate job within his vocation, at the time. Therefore, he packed his bags and set out on a journey into the world.
“I always knew that long-term plans would eventually bring me back to Novi Sad, to Vojvodina, but also realized that, in the meantime, both my parents and I would benefit from me just occasionaly visiting my hometown. When I first came to England for my master’s studies, I thought that immediately upon finishing my studies I would return to Serbia permanently, find a suitable job opportunity and try to do as much as possible in the existing circumstances. However, this idea remained in the “it didn’t happen” section. I did return to Novi Sad, but there were no suitable opportunities for me at the time, not even in terms of further developing my knowledge and skills in public administration, the field that I studied. Therefore, the possibility that such a job, even if I was able to find it, would also bring appropriate financial opportunities that would allow me to do something that would, more or less, improve our financial situation, did not exist. This touch with reality after my graduation actually made me step out of my comfort zone and after that, nothing was the same – I realized that my life would change forever, that from then on, I would do whatever it takes, work anywhere, live where I never thought I would and that it was okay, that it was all just part of the journey “, Igor explains.
Before the life-changing year of 2016 and traveling to Birmingham for his master’s studies, he rarely traveled, but today, travelling is Igor’s lifestyle.
“Until 2016, that is, until I was 26 years old, I never really traveled, except on two occasions, when I visited the seaside, for a few days. I haven’t traveled abroad for more than seven years, due to lack of possibilities and then, I suddenly went form one extreme to the other – departures and travelling became my only constant, but also a need. I have lived in different countries, experienced different cultures, met people from all over the world, had many different jobs, from being a journalist and a teaching associate at a University, to working as a hotel dishwasher, steward and now, a personal trainer, always packed into two suitcases and ready for anything that comes along, as a new experience”, Igor adds.
As he explains, he was drawn into the world by numerous possibilities, as well as the desire to provide a better life for himself, as well as his family.
“My primary motive has always been the desire to finally be able to provide at least some of the possibilities for my parents and myself, that I have never been able to before, in Serbia – at least make things just a little bit better for all of us, for a start. Also, I did not want to conform to the existing dominant standards in Serbia, I wanted more freedom and individuality, because I am more of an individual myself, by nature, “Igor points out.