If you are an IAESTE trainee, please make sure you receive and return the form N/5b «Confirmation of Acceptance», to the IAESTE National Office in your country within two weeks. If you fail to do this, the preparations for your stay in Macedonia might be delayed.
Information about the visas you can find on the following link: http://www.mfa.gov.mk/index.php/en/for-foreign-nationals/entry-visa-for-the-republic-of-macedonia/entry-visa-for-the-republic-of-macedonia
Check that you have a health insurance that is valid in Macedonia. Except for health insurance we strongly advise you to arrange a traveler’s insurance and insurance for personal possessions against theft, loss or breakage prior to arrival in your home country.
You will have to send our Incoming responsible an email with details of your arrival (exact date, hour, and place). When we get this information we’ll send someone to pick you up. It would be good if your email includes contact phone or other way to communicate you during your journey in case something changes. Please send the above mentioned details to the e-mail address email@example.com.
Normally the LC or the company arranges your accommodation (i.e., student houses, company houses, private rooms, shared flats, etc).
If you are coming during the summer, you will have to pay the 2 weeks rent in advance (around 40 euro) and usually a deposit of around 20 euros. If you want to move to another accommodation, other the one you have been assigned to, keep in mind that generally you have to take care of everything by yourself. Don’t forget that you MUST also inform the IAESTE office of your new address. If you are coming before or after the summer, we will do our best to find you accommodation with similar prices, but can’t promise anything, because the school year is on.
Before moving out, you must always give advance notice to your landlord as mentioned in your contract. Otherwise, you will have to pay the rent until the end of your lease. Don’t forget that you must also inform the IAESTE office of your new address as well as your tutor or the person that found the original accommodation.
Your salary will usually be sufficient to meet the costs of living for one person but not necessarily to cover extra expenses. In Macedonia, you have to pay the rent in advance at the beginning of each month. At the same time, you will probably also have to pay a security deposit (around 20 euros). The salary, however, is usually paid at the end of your internship. Therefore make sure that you have access to enough money (cash, credit card or bank account) until you get your first pay. If, for any reason, you do not have enough money at the beginning of your stay, ask your company to give you an advance payment. There are no currency restrictions about entering Macedonia with cash.
IAESTE Macedonia for years now has been the synonym for a national committee with the best organized summer reception. Since the majority of the trainees arrive in the summer two Summer Reception Officers (SROs) are assigned to take care of them and everything that is needed to be done during their stay, so that they feel as welcomed and comfortable as possible. The SROs are helped by the two-weeks coordinators who arrange a weekly agenda, providing the trainees to get to know the places around the city, attend current happenings and all the while hang out with the people here and feel at home with the town.
But the trainees’ favourite activities are in the weekends. Every second weekend is usually a reserved for a trip to the most famous beautiful and memorable destinations around Macedonia, sometimes between cities with other LCs.
Some of the highlights among the events through the years included:
- The Galichnik wedding festival, the place where you can witness Macedonia’s oldests traditions
- A hike to the mountain peek Solunska glava, usually everyone’s favourite weekend
- A prolonged weekend in Ohrid, the Macedonian jewel among tourist attractions
- A trip to Bitola, Heraclea and mountain Pelister
- A trip to Strumica and the Smolare waterfalls
- Visit to Prilep and attending the Prilep beer festival
- One day trips to mountain Vodno, canyon Matka, Katlanovo spa
- The international evening, where you can represent your country and culture with traditional food, national drink or clothes, but also get to taste a variety of delicious common Macedonian dishes. Make sure you pack your country’s national drink and a few famous recipes before you come.
Weekly meetings are the easiest way to meet all of the IAESTE Macedonia members and other trainees. Each committee has different time for the meetings:
- LC Skopje: Each Monday at 20:00 (8pm) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
- LC Ohrid: Each Tuesday at 18:00 (6pm) at the University “Apostol Pavle”
- LC Bitola: Еаch Monday at 17:00 at the Technical Faculty Bitola
- LC Shtip: Each Thursday at 16:00 (4pm) at Room 2, Campus 2.
ABOUT MACEDONIA – FUN FACTS
It’s so interesting to visit a country that has so much history, yet it is so new to the eyes of our modern world. Here are a few facts that you might not yet know about Macedonia, but that speak part of the interesting and mysterious character of this country.
- The summers and autumns in Macedonia are warm and dry while the winters are cold and heavy snowfall is experienced.
- A traditional food is called ajvar which is roasted red peppers and eggplant mashed together with garlic, oil, and salt. It is really good when served with feta cheese and bread.
- It seems like there is a bakery on every corner.
- The first Slavic school, Ohrid Literary School, was established in Macedonia by Saint Clement of Ohrid.
- Ohrid Lake is the oldest and one of the deepest lakes in Europe (max depth 288m or 940ft). It is estimated 4 million years old and has 200 endemic species that haven’t been found at any other place in the world. It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979.
- The town of Ohrid is sometimes referred to as the European Jerusalem for that reason, and at one time sported more than 350 churches.
- Macedonia is the birth land of Mother Teresa. (She was born in Skopje.)
- According to NASA, Kokino is the fourth oldest astronomic observatory in the world; with the oldest three being Abu Simbel, Egypt; Stonehenge, Great Britain; and Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Kokino is located approximately 30 km from the town of Kumanovo, and about 6 km from the Serbian border.
- It has more number of mountains and mountain peaks than any other country in the world. The country has as many as 34 mountain peaks, each with a height of more than 2,000 meters above the sea-level; with Mount Golem Korab being the highest at 2,753 meters above sea-level. Most peaks in Macedonia have never been visited by people.
- The Millennium Cross is a 66 metre-high cross situated on the top of the Vodno Mountain in Skopje, and it is the biggest cross in the world. It was constructed to serve as a memorial of 2,000 years of Christianity in Macedonia and the world.
- Just outside the capital city, Skopje, is a canyon and lake called Matka, which literally means ‘womb’.
- Wineries produce 135 million litres of wine, 150 million litres of natural brandy. Breweries produce 850 million litres of beer.
- Macedonia is famous for its 10 million years old ‘Stone Town’ – Kuklica, in the Kratovo region. The town has 120 stone figures, reaching heights of 10 metres.
- It is not unusual to see naked women in the daily newspaper.
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