How to establish a field school within Balkan Heritage Field School Program?
Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) started in 2008 as an educational program for practice-oriented courses in the fields of archaeology and historic preservation taught in English. Currently they take place in Bulgaria, Greece, Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro. They are targeted for academic and non-academic audiences (mostly volunteers and individuals with a need for specialized pre- and early career training). All courses are affiliated with ongoing research and conservation projects conducted by BHFS partner heritage institutions and have been accredited thanks to partnerships with New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria), Connecticut College and University of California Los Angeles Extension (USA, through Institute for Field Research) and the Department of Classics, Queen’s University (Canada). The concept of BHFS is based on a symbiosis between educational projects (i.e. field schools or courses) and ongoing heritage projects (research and conservation). Normally, specialists in the research and conservation projects are instructors and supervisors in the field schools and, the participants in the field schools are in fact volunteers in the heritage projects. Based on this, our students, heritage specialists, partnering institutions and local communities are able to interact, collaborate with and benefit from each other. As a result, BHFS participants receive a quality practice-based education and unique intercultural experience; the heritage specialists and their projects receive funding, volunteers, organizational support; local communities generate income for providing their products and services to BHFS and have “their”, actually our, heritage promoted and supported.
Every year the BHF receives proposals for collaboration and establishment of field schools usually as part of ongoing research or conservation project. The selection criteria for such proposals are: safety of the location, logistical conditions (options for good accommodation, healthy food, comfortable and safe transport), responsive research or conservation team, attractive and valuable research or conservation project (excavations of an archaeological site, conservation of monuments or artefacts), the prospect for partnership and project sustainability. All organizations or individuals wishing to establish a field school within Balkan Heritage Field School Program could write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org