Join the 2019 Fulbright Alumni Service Corps Trip to Albania, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina!

Take the path untaken in the Balkans by exploring the secluded, yet historical areas of Albania, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Meet with members of the Bosnian Fulbright Association. Participate in the restoration efforts of heritage sites with the award-winning Regional Restoration Camps in Gjirokastra. Meet the local students of Albania and learn their cuisine, culture, and traditional dance. Go back in time and explore the Ottoman-era castles, classical archaeological sites, and Byzantine churches. For breathtaking scenery, enjoy a visit to the lakeside village of Virpazar and participate in workshops in the cobblestone alleys of Sarajevo.

About the trip

Total cost: $2,350 (shared room); single rooms available for an additional $250 (subject to slight change)

Dates: September 14-26, 2019

Travel partner: Cultural Heritage Without Borders

Contact: travel@fulbright.org

Registration

  • Registration and payment deadlines coming soon! Please check back later.
  • Itinerary subject to slight change.

Itinerary

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September 14-26, 2019

Detailed itinerary coming soon. Below is a short description of activities and locales to be enjoyed on the trip:
  • Experience life in Gjirokastra, a picturesque city of 40,000 nestled in a river valley in southern Albania, near Greece. Known as the “City of Stone,” it’s a World Heritage Site, with more than 600 Ottoman-era buildings, many in degraded condition. That’s where you come in!
  • Join the restoration efforts, led by Cultural Heritage without Borders’ Regional Restoration Camps, recipient of a 2014 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award. Enjoy engaging lectures and hands-on experience in restoration and conservation with assistance from experts in traditional tools and methods. Both your volunteer work and part of the trip fee go toward restoring Gjirokastra’s heritage.
  • Get to know students from across the Balkans who attend the camp and locals who offer lessons in drawing, cooking and Albanian dance. Experience Albanian cuisine and cafe culture in your free time.
  • Experience the beautiful and picturesque lakeside village of Virpazar, in Montenegro and gaze out onto distant snow-capped mountain peaks.
  • Listen to the clang of smiths crafting copper coffee sets and household items in the small workshops in the cobblestone alleys of Bašcaršija, in Sarajevo.
  • Experience the magical old town that feels like you’ve traveled through time.
  • Enjoy a reception and dinner with members of the Bosnian Fulbright Association and alumni of other U.S. exchanges.

What's Included

  • Double room accommodations in comfortable hotels (2 occupants per room). Single rooms are available for an additional $250
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transportation within Albania, from Albania to Montenegro, and from Montenegro to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Admission and fees to museums and program activities as listed in itinerary
  • Honoraria for speakers booked by CHwB
  • All tools, materials and craftspeople required for the service project/Regional Restoration Camp portion of the itinerary
  • In-country health insurance, not including airlift or emergency evacuation to the U.S.

What's Not Included

  • Flights to/from Tirana or bank transfer fees
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Room service charges
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
  • Gratuities to the bellmen and waiters
  • Travel Cancellation Insurance
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Daily meals that are not organized for the group
  • Extra beverages at group meals
  • Visas or other entry documents

Please read all the information in our registration packet for terms on cancellations, refunds, and other policies.

Membership requirements: Please also note that you must be a current member of the Fulbright Association in order to join the tour. If you are not a member, you can click here to join, or if you are a lapsed member, please click here to renew your annual membership. Not a Fulbright alumn? No problem! The Fulbright Association welcomes all supporters of the mission of the Fulbright Program to join as Friends of Fulbright. Tour registrants may also bring one non-member guest. Please indicate who your guest is in your registration materials.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (202) 775-0725 or e-mail us at travel@fulbright.org.