March 27, 2024

OriginAL Expands to North Macedonia: Connecting Albanian Diaspora Youth Across Borders

In an inspiring leap forward for cultural connection and heritage exploration, OriginAL proudly announces its expansion into North Macedonia. This significant move aims to unite young Albanians across the globe, fostering a sense of unity and shared identity. The program, renowned for its dedication to connecting the Albanian diaspora’s youth, is introducing one of its three scheduled cohorts for this year to the historic landscapes and vibrant cultures of North Macedonia.

Dive into the Heart of Skopje

Our journey commences in Skopje, a city where the past and present converge. Participants will be captivated by the iconic Stone Bridge arching over the Vardar River, a symbol of the city’s endurance and beauty. The bustling Old Bazaar, with its intricate network of streets filled with history, crafts, and tradition, offers a unique glimpse into the Albanian influences that have sculpted Skopje’s identity.

Tetovo: A Cultural Melting Pot

The adventure doesn’t stop there. Next, we venture to Tetovo, a city celebrated for its stunning landscapes and vibrant cultural scene. Tetovo serves as a testament to the rich tapestry of cultures that have flourished in the city, offering participants a diverse experience that ranges from historical exploration to engaging in the dynamic local culture.

Manastir: The Cradle of the Albanian Alphabet

Perhaps the most poignant stop of our journey is Manastir, a city that holds a special place in the heart of every Albanian. Known as the birthplace of the Albanian alphabet, Manastir is a symbol of our rich heritage and linguistic roots. As participants trace the footsteps of literary pioneers and explore this historical gem, they will be enveloped in the enduring legacy of Albanian culture and language. This experience reaffirms our connection to our heritage and highlights the importance of preserving it for future generations.

Why This Matters

The expansion of OriginAL to North Macedonia is more than just an addition to a new location; it’s a step towards deeper connections within our shared history, culture, and language. By exploring these diverse locales, participants will enrich their understanding of what it means to be Albanian, from ancient landmarks to modern marvels.

OriginAL’s initiative to connect Albanian diaspora youth across borders in North Macedonia exemplifies the importance of cultural exploration and heritage preservation. As we look forward to the enriching experiences this expansion will bring, we remain committed to fostering a sense of unity and pride among young Albanians worldwide.

Applications are open until April 1st, apply now at to be a part of this unforgettable experience. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with your heritage and fellow Albanian youth in a deeply meaningful way!

Get ready! / Bëhuni gati!

Application will open on May 25th, 2022.

Aplikimi hapet më datë 25 Maj, 2022.