Rediscover your Macedonian heritage, or discover it for the first time. Come with a friend or come alone and leave with friends. Visit Macedonia, the land of your ancestors.

BIRTHRIGHT MACEDONIA offers Macedonian youth from around the world the opportunity to proudly declare their Macedonian identity and assert their Macedonian Heritage. Through its hands-on, life changing experience, Birthright Macedonia allows its participants to become fully immersed in their ancestral homeland by experiencing many facets of the fabric of Macedonia and its people.

Through its hands-on, life changing experience, Birthright Macedonia allows its participants to become fully immersed in their ancestral homeland by experiencing many facets of the fabric of Macedonia and its people.

Birthright Macedonia was conceived and developed by UMD Advisory Council member Peter Dallas, a first-generation American of Macedonian Heritage. He was concerned about the decline of the connections of Macedonians to their ancestral roots, particularly among first, second, and third generation Macedonians in the Diaspora. Concerned with the growing assimilation of overseas Macedonians into other cultures and intermarriage with non-Macedonians, Dallas was determined to do something to help Macedonians abroad maintain their connection to the homeland.

The result is Birthright Macedonia, a fully integrated program of the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) headquartered in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) in Skopje, and the Birthright Macedonia Bitola Alliance.

Nina Erskine

Birthright Macedonia Program 2022

An unforgettable, life-changing summer built for any generation Macedonian.



A Birthright Macedonia Summer Session consists of 3 full weeks in Macedonia (June 28-July 19, 2024). The following is a brief overview of a typical summer session.

Arrive in Skopje. Register at the hotel designated for overseas participants. Pick up your information packet. Use your free time to recover from jet lag, relax, browse the shops, stroll the bazaars and discover the attractions and excitement that Skopje offers.

Attend the opening session for Birthright Macedonia, and meet your fellow participants and staff members. Depart and meet your Host Family.

Visit the site of your internship and meet your fellow Macedonian co-workers. Become acclimated with your work environment and begin work in your chosen field.

Become immersed in your internship work. Learn new work procedures and share your knowledge and experiences with your native fellow workers. After work hours, socialize with your internship colleagues, Host Family members, and other Birthright participants. Interacting with all three groups will help build lasting friendships for you and them.

Participate in the closing ceremonies of Birthright Macedonia. Say farewell to your fellow overseas Birthright Macedonia participants, Host Family, and staff members.

Depart Skopje and head for home, or remain in Macedonia.


Because participation in Birthright Macedonia is limited, applications will be processed on a first-come basis.

The last day applications will be accepted is May 24, 2024.



An important part of your participation in Birthright Macedonia is the opportunity to work at an internship that is consistent with your academic, work, or general interests.

During the internship, you will work alongside native Macedonians, and perhaps other participants who have similar interests as you. The program gives you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the work and aspirations of the Macedonian people. In addition to gaining hands-on experience in your work, you will become immersed in the social and economic fabric of contemporary Macedonia. At the conclusion of your internship, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, which will acknowledge your effort and your contribution to the people of Macedonia. You may find this Certificate to be a useful component to your academic or work resumes. You may be able to receive college credit for your participation in Birthright Macedonia. Check with your college or university.

Free Time

  • Spend your free time in the myriad of opportunities Macedonia offers you.
  • Participate in three HERITAGE WEEKENDS to discover the culture, history, and natural beauty of the Republic.
  • Interact and socialize with your Host Family members and with your colleagues from your internship program.
  • Socialize with fellow overseas participants and with native youth.
  • Visit family relatives you have living in Macedonia.
  • Enjoy the friendliness of the Macedonian people and the beauty of the country.



The overseas participant will be responsible for the following expenses:

  • Application Fee is payable when you submit your Application. The Application Fee is $750 if paid on or before May 24, 2024. 
  • The fee is not refundable if you are accepted to participate in the program. If you are not accepted, you will receive a refund. You can pay the Application fee by clicking HERE
  • Round trip flight to Macedonia.
  • Passport and visa expenses (if applicable).
  • Medical/accident/travel insurance.
  • Meals and hotel accommodations on the first day and the last day of your stay in Macedonia. 
  • Travel and related costs in Macedonia during free time.
  • Food and related costs during free time. Depending on the work schedule of your internship, you may need to buy some meals.
  • Personal and miscellaneous items.


Overseas participants can stay with a Host Family. Enjoy your home away from home, with an abundance of Macedonian hospitality.

You have the option to live with your relatives during Birthright Macedonia, provided they reside in Skopje or Bitola.

You will be responsible for the cost of accommodations and meals outside the home of your Host Family.



Because participation in Birthright Macedonia is limited, applications will be processed on a first-come basis. Please submit your application form no later than May 24, 2024. Before applying, please read the Terms and Conditions.

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Birthright Macedonia is a unique program, administered by the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) together with its partners in Macedonia, the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC), and the Birthright Macedonia Bitola Alliance. This program offers Macedonian youth from around the world the opportunity to gather in our ancient homeland for three weeks during the summer (called a Summer Session).

As a participant, you will be engaged in an internship work program, which you may use in your college or employment resumes. You will choose a work activity in a field that is of interest to you or compatible with your academic or work goals. You will live with a Macedonian Host Family during your stay in Macedonia.

The Birthright Macedonia Summer Session for 2024 will be held in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, and Bitola.

The session is 21 days long. Starting date is June 28, 2024, and the ending date is July 19, 2024.

Anyone of Macedonian ancestry is eligible to attend.

You do not need to speak the Macedonian language. But of course, during your stay in Macedonia, you will be exposed to the language as well as Macedonia’s rich cultural heritage.

Yes. This can be done during free time in the evenings and on weekends, but not during work sessions of your internship or during scheduled activities.

We prefer your stay in Macedonia to be independent of family relationships so that you will have maximum exposure to the Macedonian culture and people. When that is not possible, you may live with relatives provided, they are within the city limits of Skopje and Bitola.

Yes. Birthright Macedonia bears the cost to administer all aspects of the Summer Session and you are expected to fulfill your internship and attend all scheduled functions. The only exception would be made in case of illness or hospitalization during your Session.

Yes, absolutely. All associated costs for early arrival and later departure will be yours. Please arrange your travel schedule accordingly.

Yes. Because participation is limited, we want to offer the opportunity to experience Birthright Macedonia to all first-time applicants.

Absolutely. As a member of Birthright Macedonia’s alumni, your assistance would be welcomed in promoting the program to other young adults in your home community. As the alumni group grows in your locale, you will be invited to participate in activities that support Macedonian causes.

Seek medical care immediately. Then, as soon as possible, alert your assigned Birthright Macedonia contact person. Also, you must notify your Host Family. Birthright Macedonia will notify your parents or guardian if you are unable to do so.

We recommend you purchase travel insurance in addition to the medical insurance you are required to have. This travel insurance should cover flight delays or cancellations as well as personal property theft, loss, and/or damage.

Please limit yourself to the essentials and pack lightly. You are typically only allowed one suitcase and one small carry-on bag on your flight. Check with your airline for luggage weight and size regulations. You might want to use a backpack as a carry-on bag so that you can use it when traveling in Macedonia.

Important items to bring include: Your passport; any medication (and prescriptions) you will need, and all flight information for your round-trip journey.

Yes. Bring enough spending money to cover the extent of activities and travel you wish to do during your free time. You are responsible for the cost of any free time activities you wish to engage in, such as travel or any activities not sponsored by Birthright Macedonia. Credit cards are widely accepted in Macedonia

Since you will live with a Host Family, your basic housing and food will be provided. However, depending on your internship, you may be responsible for providing the cost of certain meals during the workweek. For example, this may include the cost of your dinner if you are working evening hours on your internship assignment and cannot have dinner with your Host Family.

Yes. There is an Application Fee of $750 if paid on or before May 24, 2024. 

Click HERE to process your Application fee. 

  • May 24, 2024: The last day to apply for Birthright Macedonia and submit your application fee of $750. Also, you must submit proof of sufficient medical insurance coverage no later than this date.

Enrollment in Birthright Macedonia is limited and all applications will be processed on a first-come basis.

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