Venue and Accommodation
The PTPI Youth Leadership Academy will be organised in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Skopje (Macedonian: Скопје) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the country’s political, cultural, economic, and academic center. It was known in the Roman period under the name Scupi.
Skopje is located in the north of the Republic of Macedonia, in the center of the Balkan peninsula, and halfway between Belgrade and Athens.
Skopje is an ethnically diverse city, and its urban sociology primarily depends on ethnic and religious belonging. Macedonians form 66% of the city population, while Albanians and Roma account respectively for 20% and 6%.
Being the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, Skopje is home to the largest cultural institutions of the country, such as the National and University Library “St. Kliment of Ohrid”, the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the National Theatre, the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Macedonian Opera and Ballet.
Skopje has a diverse nightlife. The Old Bazaar is a popular night time destination. The national government has created a project to revive nightlife in the Old Bazaar. The closing time of shops, cafés and restaurants was extended due to the high attendance recorded. In the bazaar’s restaurants, along with the traditional Macedonian wine and food, dishes of the Ottoman cuisine are also served.
About PTPI Skopje Community Chapter
PTPI Skopje-Macedonia Community Chapter was opened in 2013. It is operated completely by young people and it has over 60 members. The chapter is devoted to sharing peace and understanding through implementing educational, cultural and humanitarian activities.
Some of the most important projects in the past three years were: the humanitarian theatre plays, mentoring program at a Center for Development of the Roma community, high school educational program “Ambassadors of Peace“, Human Rights training course and the program “Understanding Disability“.
All participants attending the Academy, will be accommodated through PTPI’s Homestay program. In February you will be linked with your host family and when you come in Skopje, you will have the opportunity to experience our unique Macedonian hospitality.
PTPI Skopje will not charge the standard homestay fee of 35 euro. We trust that in return your chapter is prepared to accommodate a member from the Skopje chapter on a homestay in your home country, under the same conditions.
Traveling to Skopje
All participants should arrive in Skopje by 17:00 on Tuesday (arrival day)-07.03.2016. Participants can arrive at Skopje’s airport Alexander the Great or at the Central Bus station. Other travel options, that may be cheaper is to arrive via the airport of Sofia-Bulgaria, then travel by bus from Sofia to Skopje.