More than 1500 students coming from 55 countries have attended the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) since 2003. Most of them keep warm memories from their experience with the BHFS and their visit to the Balkans spreading the word about us all over the world. We consider them as friends and keep close contact with almost all of them on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn. The BHFS is always willing to support them in their academic and professional development and career occasionally with advice, consultation, recommendation and contacts. We are proud that some of them already started working as archaeologists, museum workers and conservators. Others started different careers but admitted that they gained a lot of useful skills and experience during their participation in the BHFS. The BHFS keeps its doors open for future collaboration, joint projects and initiatives with its alumni, who are interested in study, protection and presentation of the Balkan heritage and have good ideas and proposals for cooperation in research, conservation and cultural resources management.


Nearly 15 % of our alumni have returned once and more to the BHFS. We have granted them with at least 10% discount off the current BHFS admission fees. For all alumni who want to take part in two or more sessions of the 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 the BHFS have invited some alumni considering their skills, knowledge and motivation to return and take part in our projects as assisting instructors, activity or area supervisors. Two of our alumni were invited by the Balkan Heritage Foundation as long-term volunteers in Bulgaria.


BHFS Alumni, Who Returned as BHFS Volunteers:

  • Sandra Bogdanovic, Croatia (2004)
  • Meghan McCandless, USA (2009)
  • Courtney Meredith, Canada (2009, 2010)
  • Alia Wallace, USA (2009, 2010)
  • Mathew Schuler, 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-present)
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