What exactly is OriginAL?

OriginAL is a new program launched by GERMIN and the Global Albanians Foundation, which aims to provide a volunteer, educational, and cultural experience for Albanian Diaspora Youth (ages of 18-24) in their homeland countries. The goal is to strengthen their sense of ethnic identity and create long-lasting connections, especially between them and their youth peers in our homeland countries. OriginAL is patterned on the idea of Birthright Israel, and similar programs in other countries, and will be launched in the summer of 2022. We plan to bring at least 40 young Albanians from all over the world for two weeks to Albania and Kosova as a pilot year, and to build this number to hundreds and then thousands of Albanian youth from all over the world in the next five years.

Am I eligible?

In order to be eligible you need to be/have:

  • Between the ages of 18-24;
  • Not lived in Albania or Kosova after the age of 12;
  • Not spent more than 3 months in Albania/Kosova after the age of 12;
  • Albanian origin;
  • At least one Albanian parent or grandparent.

Is there an age limit?

Everyone interested to become a participant in OriginAL’s journey must be of ages between 18 and 24.

How does OriginAL decide on safety and health decisions?

We will collaborate closely with Albania’s and Kosova’s Ministries of Health while maintaining the greatest degree of protection on our travels, adjusting as needed.

Is it possible to continue my travel and stay in Albania/Kosova after my trip is over?

Participants in OriginAL may extend their stay if they so desire at their own expenses. OriginAL doesn’t cover charges outside the planned schedule.

Prior to returning to your resident country, you will be responsible for your own Covid-19 test. If you are found to be Covid-19 positive during your extension term, you will be responsible for making your own quarantine arrangements.

This is, of course, all in account after the OriginAL trip is over.

How does OriginAL perceive “Ethnic Albanian”?

You must be Albanian by birth or have at least one Albanian parent.

Do these journeys have any effect on the people who go on them?

The OriginAL tour aspires to be a life-changing event that provides everyone who participates with a deeper understanding of their own culture and ethnicity.

Not only will you learn new things, meet new people, and visit magnificent sights you’ve never seen before, but you’ll also remember this trip as a vital aspect of your youth and the formation of your Albanian identity for the rest of your life.

What is the refund policy?

You can’t receive a full return of your deposit. Please review your decision before applying because we do not currently offer cancellation options unfortunately.

How is OriginAL financed?

This has been a cooperative project that began with an online fundraiser, which has already generated almost 70% of the funds required to cover the program’s expenditures.

What are the primary activities and topics of each journey?

Don’t worry about missing out on the must-see places in Albania and Kosova such as Kruja’s Museum and Prizren’s Castle—we’ve got you covered! Our excursions are well-rounded and centered on significant markers of historical and national sites, current arts, culture, technology, and environmental efforts, and Albanian values such as social justice, urban culture, and community.

What is OriginAL’s role? We collaborate with trip organizers to provide Albanian youngsters with the gift of a free trip around Albanian lands.

What really are our responsibilities? All earth travel is coordinated, and instructional and quality standards, procedural guidelines, and security procedures are established. Every trip is also subjected to comprehensive quality control checks to ensure that it meets our standards.

In a nutshell, the trip is created and performed by professionals who are subjected to a rigorous approval procedure by OriginAL, all so you may enjoy your journey to the maximum!

My schedule prevents me from taking a 14-day trip, but I don't want to pass up this chance. Can I participate for less than 14 days?

While we understand that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, responsibilities such as job, school, and family might make it impossible to complete the whole 10-to-14 day program. We do not have the opportunity to offer participants to stay shorter. So, everyone should be part of OriginAL from 10 to 22 August.

Is OriginAL able to accommodate those with medical, developmental, and physical disabilities?

Absolutely! We provide a limited number of accessibility excursions and accommodations. Trips for people with medical, developmental, and physical disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), vision or hearing impairments, IBD and Crohn’s Disease, people who use wheelchairs, and others, among them.

Please let us know about your health issues beforehand so we can prepare your accommodation plans.

Is it possible for me to travel with my partner?

You and your significant other can participate as long as they are also eligible to partake OriginAL’s journey.

What if I become ill or require medical attention during the trip?

Your health is our number one priority! An on-call doctor and area hospitals are available at all times. In severe cases, participants will be relocated to another location for expert medical care and, if required, will be sent to their place of origin for further treatment.

Will there be staff members with us the entire trip?

OriginAL is, without a doubt, a supervised program in which you travel in a group environment. Each tour is guided by a Tour Educator and is joined by the staff that is making OriginAL happen. The party is also escorted by a bus driver.

How will we travel around Albania and Kosova?

You will travel by bus as a group. OriginAL’s high rules apply to all tours, tour bus providers, and drivers.

Is a passport required?

Yes! No one may enter Albania or Kosova unless they have a valid passport with their resident’s country or Albania’s/Kosova’s dual citizenship.

What if I don't have a passport yet?

If you don’t already have a passport, we recommend starting the procedure as soon as possible.

What payment alternatives are available to me?

Deposits are made and processed using a safe online payment system (PayPal). International credit cards are also accepted. There is no way to pay via wire transfer, cash, or check.

Is it safe for me to input my credit card information and pay my deposit online?

Absolutely. All deposits are paid, managed, and returned using PayPal, which is 100% safe.

Accessibility Statement

OriginAL is open to all Albanian youth from across the world. OriginAL makes every effort and invests many resources to provide all the participants with equal opportunities.

People with medical, developmental, and physical disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), vision or hearing impairments, IBD and Crohn’s Disease, people who use wheelchairs, and others, are welcome to join us.

Please let us know about your health issues beforehand so we can prepare your accommodation plans.

Accessibility arrangements for buildings

OriginAL will ensure that each building has a friendly approach toward people with special needs.

We will provide:

  • Accessible entrance;
  • Accessible restrooms;
  • Bus Handicap accessible;

Is it necessary to have a COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate?

Yes, OriginAL participants who have been fully vaccinated with 2 or more World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines may join a trip. The most recent dose must have been taken more than 14 days before your arrival.

*Alternatively, according to law, your Covid-19 test mustn’t be older than 48 hours.

Is a COVID-19 test required before I return to my resident country?

It depends on your country’s Covid-19 policies. If necessary, a Covid-19 test will be arranged for you in Kosova prior to your return home.

Is it necessary for me to take a COVID-19 test before traveling?

Yes, you must show a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 48 hours after departure.

Is the majority of the population in Albania and Kosova vaccinated?

Yes, the vast majority of people are already immunized. There are 1.22M (42.8%) fully vaccinated people in Albania, and 820k (43.8%) in Kosova.

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Application will open on May 25th, 2022.

Aplikimi hapet më datë 25 Maj, 2022.