Applications for NDCP 2017 are now open!
Do you want to Discover Cyprus? Do you want to meet young Cypriots from across the globe? Do you improve your Greek and learn more about your cultural roots?
Participants will be provided with a scholarship to help cover the cost of excursions, the airfare, accommodation and course fees. Candidates will pay a small contribution towards the total cost of the programme.
To be eligible to apply, you need to be:
Of Cypriot descent (at least one Cypriot grandparent).
A registered member of NEPOMAK (it's quick, easy and free to sign up online with your local organisation)
NDCP offers a unique opportunity for young Cypriots to visit their homeland and improve their knowledge of the Greek language, Cypriot culture and heritage. It is also a fantastic way to meet and build lifelong friendships with young Cypriots around the world.
How to apply
NDCP Information at a glance
3 weeks' study at University of Cyprus' School of Modern Greek (with accommodation at the University of Cyprus Dormitory, Panestimioupoli, Nicosia).
Participants from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and South Africa will participate in a language course.
Participants from Greece will take part in a culture course.
All participants will take part in culture, dance and history workshops.
A series of excursions are also organised to museums, monasteries and the Green Line.
3rd - 28th July 2017
Application Deadline: 17 February 2017
For more information about the programme email us at NDCP@NEPOMAK.org
Jack Nicolaou, UK - Not having the opportunity to visit Cyprus in the past, my only ideas of this tiny island nation were those of a divided capital and ongoing struggle. From others, however, I heard stories of scenic beaches, unique cuisine and developed cities bustling with tourists from around the globe. Being a successful applicant on this year’s NEPOMAK Discover Cyprus Program (NDCP) gave me the long-awaited chance which would allow me to make up my mind for myself.
The program had a full schedule filled with lessons, day trips, tours and (everybody’s favourite) supermarket stop-offs! Lessons were held four days a week at the University of Cyprus and included language, culture and dance. Though language was my strength, the culture class gave a much needed insight to the history, politics and geography of Cyprus, often overlooked by Modern Greek subjects in the Australian Curriculum.
Day trips involved long journeys on the bus where the opportunity was often relished to ‘be artistic’ with those who were feeling the successive late nights and dozed off. We were toured around all sorts of places while singing to the latest Greek hits. From the esplanades of Larnaca and the Old City district of Lemesos to the abandoned, eerie areas near the Green Line in Old Lefkosia, the decrepit Tombs of the Kings and other archaeologically significant sites all with our very able and memorable tour guide, Demetra. God bless her and her umbrella!
I was very grateful that I was able to see Cyprus and along the way meet an incredibly dynamic group of people amongst whom we dubbed ourselves ‘oikogeneia’ or family. The lessons and tours helped us to better understand our fractured motherland while the ongoing late nights and our communal dinners gave us bonding time. In addition to excursions and lessons, we organised nights to head out and experience the night life (glamorous locals included!). What I learnt from these nights out: two NO’s. Agia Napa has NO dress code and any large group has NO chance of getting in anywhere!
Living in such close quarters with others meant that people became known by their funny habits and by the comical situations they encountered/instigated. These occasions will keep us all smiling and laughing for many years to come. And even though I became known as the housewife of my dorm, and was later officially crowned the ‘NIKOKYRA’ of NDCP 2010 at our Awards Ceremony, I don’t begrudge those who aren’t aware that a male counterpart of this term does, in fact, exist. (My obsessions with the grocery trips probably meant I was doomed from the start.)
Finally, I’d like to say thank you. Thank you to Michalis Hatzigiannis for releasing ‘to kalokairi mas’ when it actually WAS our summer in Cyprus. And thanks to NDCP. You were the first chance I had to experience the Cyprus I never knew but always imagined, never saw but always heard about and hoped to visit one day, but after four weeks, didn’t want to leave.
Neokli Alexandrides, Australia - NEPOMAK 2009 was an incredible experience--definitely a life highlight. I was able to meet people from all over the world who all lead such different lives but are connected through Cypriot culture. Everyone got to know one another on the beach, during bus rides, 25 course meze dinners, classes, going out at night, or just hanging out playing backgammon on the roof on campus. I honestly don't think there is any other way I could have seen the major cities from all over the island and our tour guide made historic documents much more alive, especially since she could cater to an all Cypriot audience but in English. Talking to my dad back home, they could not have been happier of the little Greek phrases I started slipping into our conversations, and I've been able to speak a little Greek to my grandparents as well. My Yia Yia was so proud of me she made me the BEST batch of avgolemono while I was there. The trip made Cyprus feel like the second home that it is and I can't wait to visit both the incredible people from the program and the island itself again. I only wish I could do the program again next year!
Erika Georgiou, USA - “Cyprus, the land of Aphrodite..” Sounds familiar, right? Well Cyprus is also the land of the renowned philosopher Zeno of Citium, the legendary King Evagoras of Salamis, the Apostle of Jesus St. Barnabus, and of course Anna Vissi!
If you'd like to learn more about Cyprus, then the Discover Cyprus Programme is for you! This summer's programme will run from 7-24th July.
Moreover, have you ever wondered where Aphrodite comes from? Aphrodite (literally translated as foam-arisen) arose from the sea foam near Paphos after Uranus’ testicles were cut off and thrown into the sea behind him..You have the chance to learn all this and far more!
The Nepomak Discover Cyprus Programme provides you with the key to unlock the treasures of the island. Learn your language, history and culture to a level that would impress everyone, especially Yiayia and Papou! It is often said that you only know where you are going if you understand your past, and with the NDCP you will achieve just that!
There are excursions around the island (look out for the mouflon), dancing lessons (finally learn to Greek break dance), and lessons provided by young, fun, (and quite attractive) teachers! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you cant afford to miss (especially as you will receive a scholarship!). We look forward to seeing you in Cyprus!
Adrianna Floridis, Brisbane - “Last year I embarked on the journey and adventure of a life time. I left for Cyprus for the first time and there was no hiding the excitement. I left with high expectations of discovering my heritage and exploring the country where my grandparents grew up.
Cyprus is a country rich in history and it was a privilege to explore the country where I am proud to be from. The tours allowed me to learn more about the history of the country and allowed me to learn the language. I left not knowing how to read or write Greek but thanks to the University of Cyprus I came back with improved knowledge of the language which my Yiayia and Papou now love!! I can actually have a proper conversation with them now.
I was reunited with family I hadn’t seen for ages and met family which I never knew I had, who turned out to be a lifesaver for me in the end! When I first touched down in Cyprus for the first time I was a little overwhelmed with all the family running toward me, hugging and kissing me and at this point I was thinking “what have I gotten myself into”. I now keep in contact with them and can’t wait to visit them again.
Not only did I get to explore the whole country, I have made friends for life all around Australia and if I ever get the chance to go to South Africa, I have friends from there to stay with too. I think of it as free accommodation around Australia! I speak to them on a regular basis and have even travelled around Australia this year to see most of them. We met so many wonderful local Cypriots on the trip, whether it was during our tours, or nights out on the town, all with stories to tell.
I am now giving something back to the community by joining the CYB (Cypriot Youth of Brisbane) and am continuing to meet new fantastic people all thanks to NDCP. To use a quote from the MasterCard Advertisement... ‘Cost of the trip and spending money; a few thousand dollars, the chance to experience a trip of a life time; PRICELESS!!!’ “