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 with the support of the Government of Cyprus and Youth Board of Cyprus.

Important dates

Programme dates

22 July – 2 August 2020
 

Application deadline: Friday 19 January 2020

 

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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).

Maria Chrysostomou (South Africa)

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

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

Annie Kolatsis (South Africa)

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

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

Emmnanuel Diinis (Australia)

The NCCT offers an incredible opportunity for young Cypriots to build connections and relationships with the island, its people and the broader diaspora. It provides a structured program for the rediscovery of what it means to be Cypriot by contextualising language, religion and ethnicity through the history of Cyprus and the experiences of its people.

The key value of the program lies in the lifelong friendships created amongst the participants who bonded over common themes which at times may have felt isolating back at home; themes such as guilt over an inability to speak the language of their family or barriers in relating to family trauma stemming from historical events in Cyprus.

Cyprus should be commended for providing its diaspora the privilege of participating in NCCT, and it would be an understatement to say that all applicable NEPOMAK members should not think twice about applying for this opportunity to learn, grow and most importantly, have fun!

NCCT 2019

Andrea Themistokleous (Canada)

You are in a quaint home-style hotel, take in the breathtaking panoramic mountainous view as you are in one of the highest villages in Troodos mountains. Best of all, you are surrounded by your new friends, 21 Cypriot diaspora from around the world.

From nature hikes through the Akamas peninsula and touring historical byzantine monasteries to wine tasting tours and sailing into the sunset, NCCT is a once in a lifetime culturally immersive travel experience with professional guided tours that are both educational and fun.

Through NCCT I gained a deeper understanding of my heritage and culture and highly recommend this trip to any Cypriot diaspora.

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