Young expats get to know Slovakia, visit UNESCO sites

Slovaks living abroad can enjoy two activities – a summer camp and an expat’s meeting – starting this weekend.

A wooden church in Leštiny is one of the sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.A wooden church in Leštiny is one of the sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Source: Jana Liptáková)

One of them is the camp for young researchers following the UNESCO sites in Slovakia, beginning July 30 in Liptovský Ján (in Žilina Region), in which more than 50 students and teachers meet.

The other one starting on July 31 in Demänovská dolina valley is called Krajanské leto / Expat’s Summer, and is expected to attract about 80 expats, mostly from western Europe. Both are organised by the Methodical Centre of the Matej Bel University (UMB) in Banská Bystrica for Slovaks living abroad.  

“Young expats in Liptovský Ján will visit and get to know several localities inscribed on the UNESCO lists – Spiš Castle and Žehra, Levoča, Vlkolínec, caves, articulate wooden church in Leštiny – but also music of Terchová at the Jánošík Days festival in Terchová,” Zuzana Ševčíková, communication manager of UMB informed the TASR newswire.

The summer camp of researchers ends on August 7; while Expat’s Summer lasts until August 13. The latter’s programme includes education and learning about the vicinity of Demänovská dolina but also the Orava castle and Slanica Island at the Orava dam, Demänovska Cave, Čierny Hron forest railway, Forestry open-air museum in Vydrov, and a festival in Terchová. Young expats will also be visited by chairman of the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad, Ján Varšo, who is the patron of this event.

“The core of both events are activities in mixed competition teams,” Ševčíková explained. “Cooperation in competing tasks and positive motivation leads to natural communication in the common language, Slovak,” she added. 

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