In 2013, ISLA sent a team of 4 and lifesaving equipment to run a three day Lakes and Rivers training course for the newly founded Macedonian Rescuer in Veles, Macedonia.
The initial course was a great success, and since then, ISLA has been back to the area to run the same course every other summer. The course has also grown to include participants from a diverse background all over the country, and from surrounding countries.
The long term initiative of working with Macedonian Rescuer is to continue to support their growing organization and provide them with the right equipment to support keeping the lakes and rivers of Macedonia safe for a growing tourism industry.
June 1 - June 7, 2017
Macedonia: Veles, Lake Mladost
Application Window: Closed
Applications due: ASAP
Volunteers announced: ASAP
Get ready for another incredible project in the Balkans!
Get ready to experience one of the most incredible countries on Earth in the best way possible: with ISLA. Since 2013, ISLA has been sending teams to the heart of the Balkans to explore this ancient place, while making a difference and saving lives!
Though Macedonia may be land-locked, it is packed full with deep canyons, rushing river waters and lakes. It is also becoming a very popular place for tourism making the work of saving lives more important than ever. The ISLA team will get to share their skills while exploring beautiful canyons, mountains and what is thought to be the world’s deepest cave (yes, we will get to see for ourselves) and Europe’s oldest lake: Lake Ohrid!
This year, ISLA will continue its training course at the beautiful Lake Mladost outside of Veles providing a 3-day basic open water course for members of the Macedonian Rescuer and others from around the region. After the project, be ready to explore with our new friends.
This is a great opportunity to visit a new place, make new friends and see your skills make a major difference to an area in need. We hope to see you there!
Important Dates and Project Itinerary
Selected Volunteers Notified
$200 non-refundable deposit and airfare purchase due
$850 non-refundable project donation due
Wednesday, May 30th, 2017
Arrive in Skopje or through Thessaloniki
May 31 - June 3
Conduct ISLA's 3 day training course in Lake Mladost, Veles
Media Tour! Get to speak on prime-time television about your skills!
June 5 - 7
Explore Matka Canyon, Skopje, and Lake Ohrid
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
Tour in the morning, and depart for home in the afternoon
CostISLA Project Donation:
$1,050 USDIncluded in the ISLA Project Donation:
- Lodging for the duration of the project
- Meals during Volunteer Lifeguard Portions (approximately ½ the trip)
- In-country ground transportation
- 1 Year ISLA Membership
- International Travelers Insurance for the duration of the project
- Full ISLA uniform
- Equipment donations
- Airfare to Thessaloniki or Skopje (cost varies; $800-$1300 from Los Angeles)
- Potential Visa Fees (varies by country)
- Optional travel after the project
*There is no language requirement for this project, although lifeguards who are bilingual in Macedonian, Serbian or Greek and have training experience will be given priority in the application process.
Want to apply for this project?
The application period for this project is currently closed. Our open project application periods are announced individually throughout the year via our email newsletter. Volunteer selection is HIGHLY competitive, so it's best to apply as soon as the project application opens. Sign up for the ISLA newsletter to ensure you don't get left behind!
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- Travis Bjorndal
- Taylor McGowan
- Taylor Anderson
- Steven Vaughan
- Simon Lewis
- Shane Knowles
- Ross Monroe
- Pete Eich
- Olin Patterson
- Nathalie Vallieres
- Natalie Taylor
- Morgan McGowan
- Miguel Baez
- Lucas Suarez
- Lilly Patterson
- Killian Rose
- Julie Reyes
- Jordan Hill
- Jenalea Cree
- Jeff Hart
- Henry Reyes
- Grace Hamilton
- Devyn Bisson
- Ariel Crocker
- Andrew Douglas
- Alexis Fender
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