“Discover and Develop Future Leaders”
The aim of this project is to discover and educate the leaders of the future for a brighter and more peaceful world.
This program will last one month, in which each intern will be matched with an international leader of appropriate age and gender who will also be the host for the intern. The groups will consist of 6 interns from the local community and 6 interns from the host country.
Between June 27, 2012 - July 17, 2012 for a total of 20 days.
Turkey (Leadership Camp 20 days)
Home country (Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia or Montenegro) optional
Middle school and High School students (Ages 11-17)
Being of Balkan American origin
Application Deadline: April 15, 2012
The Benefits of Multinational Leadership Camp Abroad 2012
• Travel and Vacation overseas
• Networking with Balkan youth from US and other countries
• The opportunity of gaining international experience and leadership training
• The opportunity to see the original culture, native language and their homeland (if applicable)
• The chance of making long lasting international friendships
• Enriching your resume
• Attaining skills in project creation
• Participating in academic dialogue with successful leaders
First Installment of $500 is due during application.
Second Installment $600 or $850 depending on the Program, Due date is April 15, 2012.
Payments can be made by:
1.Check payable to “Federation of Balkan American Associations” and mail to 524 Clifton ave, Suite 6, Clifton, NJ 07011
2. Through the www.balkanamerican.org, from the “PayPal” button.
Important note: Due to Airline Cancellation Policies, there is a $250 Cancellation Fee.
1. Reading with interactive discussions
The aim of this session is to cultivate aspiring leaders to be individuals who will: read and analyze; think authentically;
express their feelings freely and comprehensively; develop superior comprehension faculties and proficiency
in analysis; listen to opposing ideas actively with respect and appreciation; be able to understand and express
themselves effectively; become careful readers; be eager to search and develop him/herself; and be able to speak
influentially. As a gift for the participants, each student will be given “a critical thinking reading book” prepared in
accordance to their age.
In the book there is a blank page after each topic, usually consisting of some inspiring sentences or words of
wisdom, and students are encouraged to reflect upon these and write their own thoughts and comments. They will
also be sharing ideas, performing analyses and listening to different comments, with the assistance of experienced
moderators leading classrooms of 10-to-12 students, all in face-to-face settings. This particular project will be realized
through a 1.5-hour group session every day throughout the camp duration.
The topics are:
Responsibility – Discipline
Envisioning – Thinking
Pessimism – Optimism
To be determined – have no excuses
Not having prejudices - to experience
Greed – Ambition / Rage – Patience
Selfishness – Arrogance
Fear – Courage
Self-esteem – Evaluation
The power of Positive thinking
Living together / Learning from mistakes
Love-respect / Generosity-stinginess
Friendship / Trustworthiness
Diligence-laziness / Greeting
Service and representation
Virtue and modesty / Comprehension
Along with the reading-discussion books there will be specifically chosen books for reading that the student leaders
will present to their friends. The project will be carried out by specially-trained moderators from FEBA, and there will
be one moderator assistant in each family who will be trained to help carry out the camp according to schedule.
2. Envisioning, sketching the project, preparing presentations, and presenting the topics
In this section, leader trainees will be brainstorming about topics that require social responsibilities, and they will
design ideas that can be realized, develop them into projects, and then prepare their presentation or demos. They
will sometimes perform the role of presenter and sometimes that of the jury evaluating those projects. The purpose
of these sessions is to enhance the following characteristics in leader trainees to become powerful individuals and
assets wherever they go.
• Realizing their ideas by creating accomplishable projects
• Preparing and performing effective presentations
• Drawing strategic solutions to their dreams
• This project will take a 1.5-hour session every day until the end of camp
3. Traveling, sightseeing, note taking, comments and expressing the experience in writing
The trainees in this section will be visiting and sightseeing attractions such as museums, famous landmarks and
landscapes. Moreover, there will also be visits to some successful professionals who will talk about their stories
of success. There will be speeches and panels organized consisting of academics, professionals, and successful
businessmen who have high social activity and responsibility. The outcome of these panels and speeches will be
documented by the Leader Trainees, and added to their “camp journal” portfolios. This session will be pursued after
classes (during the afternoon) twice or three times a week, in groups of 12.
The purpose of this session is to enhance the trainees as individuals who will:
• Develop and enlighten themselves with knowledge and research
• Develop skills to analyze an experience
• Develop different perspectives other than the conventional
• Possess knowledge acquire enriching experience, and gain role model behaviors
4. Sports, Music and Entertainment
Being involved in a game is one of the best ways to discover and train leaders, cultivate teamwork and trigger the
ambition for success. These activities will include competitions and tournaments, simultaneously both entertaining
and educating, which will be held on specific dates and times. In this platform, young leaders will perform their skills
and talents individually and in groups.
They will have the opportunity to present cultural heritage and perform traditional ceremonies, demonstrations,
programs and parties. They will have a “culture night” where they will present and even compete in groups
demonstrating their traditional food, dances, skills and ceremonies. This will be an evening activity including the host
families which will occur 2 to 3 times a week.