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.
21 August – 1 September 2019
Applications for NCCT 2019 closed on 31 January 2019.
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
- 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
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.
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.