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.
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.
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 2020 will be held in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, and Bitola.
The session is 21 days long. Starting date is July 1, 2022, and the ending date is July 22, 2022.
18+ years of age.
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 27, 2022.
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Enrollment in Birthright Macedonia is limited and all applications will be processed on a first-come basis.
Birthright Macedonia’s 5th year came to a close in Macedonia on July 18th, and the participants were encouraged to reflect on what they had experienced