NCCT

Experience Cyprus like never before

What is NCCT?

NCCT, short for “NEPOMAK Cyprus Culture Tour,” gives young Cypriots an unforgettable experience in Cyprus where they can learn about their heritage and culture, and explore Cyprus through professionally guided tours and authentic interactive experiences.

It is a gateway for participants to get more involved in NEPOMAK and receive training to become future leaders in the diaspora.

All accommodation, transport and tour costs are subsidised by NEPOMAK.

Important dates

Programme dates

21 August – 1 September 2019
 

Application deadline

Applications for NCCT 2018 are now open

 

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Who can apply?

To be eligble to apply, you must be:

  • 23-30 years old
  • Of Cypriot descent (at least one Cypriot grandparent)
  • A registered member of NEPOMAK
  • Interested to become involved in NEPOMAK at regional and global levels

NCCT highlights

  • Visit historical, archaeological and natural wonders plus some of the many cultural hotspots, accompanied by expert guides.
  • Swim at world-class beaches.
  • Learn about your history and culture through interactive experiences.
  • Taste and create authentic Cypriot cuisine.
  • Experience Cyprus’s unique nightlife.
  • Participate in the NEPOMAK World Conference (where you will get to meet the President of Cyprus and other top policy makers).

Don't just take it from us, hear it from them

 
Maria Chrysostomou (SA)
NCCT was an incredible experience to connect with all types of people from all walks of life. It also gave me a chance to experience the beautiful culture of our country. I got to see things I've never seen before. Attending the World Conference as a NEPOMAK delegate made me feel like I was a part of something big in the world. Something that is really important and special. Thanks for giving me this opportunity, it really changed my life. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

NCCT 2016
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Nadia Papalexandri (Greece)
My favourite moment from NCCT was when our boat cruise stopped in the waters close enough to view my mother’s hometown Famagusta, and the guide spoke about what happened there. This was an incredible and indescribable moment for me.

NCCT 2016
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Annie Kolatsis (SA)
When I sat down and thought about what to write about NCCT, nothing seemed good enough. How could I properly put into words what this tour had done for me? How it had changed me? While those 10 days were spent discovering Cyprus, a huge part of the trip was also about discovering myself.

Here is what I managed to figure out along the way. Being Cypriot goes beyond knowing how to speak the language. It also goes beyond knowing how to order a frappe, doing a zembekiko or being able to do the head tilt “tsou” as a way of saying “no”. That being said, I’ve always felt inadequate around my Cypriot family, and Cypriots in general, not being able to speak the language. This trip was the first time I didn’t feel that way. The reason? With everything I was learning and experiencing, I didn’t feel like a tourist anymore. The activities, the guided tours; they gave me what I had been missing all these years. The story. And not just from 1964 onwards. The WHOLE story – or as much as you can hear in 10 days. Knowing more about the island other than which beach to visit, or where to get the best sheftalies, made such a difference.

Once you start discovering the history, you can’t stop. The fact that Cyprus is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite creates an almost mystical air. Visiting places like Petra tou Romiou, the Baths of Aphrodite and the Paphos mosaics made me realize just how impressive the island’s history is. Seeing ancient mosaics that date back to second century A.D. fueled my imagination and awakened a thirst in me to know more. Thankfully, there is plenty more history for me to sink my teeth into.

NCCT 2017
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Ertem Vehid (Denmark)
NCCT was amazing and a unique way of seeing Cyprus, an island that means so much to me.

Most importantly, NCCT showed me that the hope of uniting all overseas Cypriots, despite a divided heritage and sometimes “plastic”/confused identities, was still alive. The trip managed to bring together a bunch of strangers and create a big family in such a short time.

Our nation has a complicated history, and nearly throughout my adulthood, I felt like I was alone in my views about how to move towards the future. I understood how wrong I was when I felt the solidarity of the current and previous participants with me regardless of their professions, religions or native languages.

I would not have been aware of any of these without NCCT.

NCCT 2018
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