More than 1500 students from over 60 countries have attended 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 FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn. BHFS 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. BHFS keeps its doors open for future collaboration, joint projects and initiatives with its alumni, who are interested in study, protection and presentation of Balkan heritage and who have good ideas and proposals for cooperation in research, conservation and cultural resources management.


Nearly 15 % of our alumni have returned to BHFS. We have granted them at least a 10% discount off the regular BHFS admission fees. For alumni who want to take part in two or more sessions of BHFS current projects or to return to the same field school excavation project, we have guaranteed at least 15% discount off the current BHFS admission fees along with an individual program and more specialized tasks and assignments considering their experience and knowledge.


Since 2003, BHFS have invited some alumni with appropriate skills, knowledge and motivation to return and take part in our projects as assistant instructors, activity or area supervisors. Two of our alumni were invited by Balkan Heritage Foundation as long-term volunteers in Bulgaria.


BHFS Alumni who returned as BHFS Volunteers:

  • Meghan McCandless, USA (2009)
  • Courtney Meredith, Canada (2009, 2010)
  • Alia Wallace, USA (2009, 2010)
  • Matthew Schueller, USA (2009-present)
  • Humberto de Luigi, USA (2011)   
  • Ilse de Waelle, Belgium (2012)   
  • Tamaki Suzuki, Japan (2012, 2013)
  • Laura Downing, USA (2012-2013)
  • John Gorczyk, USA (2012, 2014, 2016)
  • Aly Byrne, Australia (2013-2015)
  • Brent Whitford, Canada (2014-present)   
  • Orlene McIlfatrick, UK (2016-present)   
  • Abigail Marie Sanderson, Canada (2016-2018)   
  • Walter Winters, USA (2017)
  • Caity Concannon, USA (2017)   
  • Shane Curro, USA  (2017 - present)   
  • Barbara Remedios, USA (2017 - present) 
  • Michael Cooper, New Zealand (2018)   
  • Emmett Culmsee, Denmark (2018)
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