Over 2000 students from approximately 70 countries have attended the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) since 2008. Most have fond memories of their experience with BHFS and their visit to the Balkans, spreading the word about us all over the world. We consider them friends and keep close contact with many via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF) is always willing to support them in their academic and professional development with advice, consultation, recommendations and contacts. We are proud that some have already started working as archaeologists, museum workers and conservators. Others pursued different careers but acknowledged that they gained many useful skills and experiences during their participation in a field school. The BHF keeps its doors open for future collaboration, joint projects and initiatives with the BHFS alumni, who are interested in study, preservation, management and communication of cultural heritage and who have good ideas and proposals for cooperation.
Nearly 15 % of our alumni have returned to the BHFS since 2008. The BHF has the practice to invite alumni with appropriate skills, knowledge and motivation to return and take part in our projects as assistant instructors, activity or area supervisors. Four of our alumni were invited by the BHF as long-term volunteers in Bulgaria and three of them received Fulbright Study/Research Award for Archaeology/History.