More than 90 young Lebanese-descent Christians from 18 different countries around the world visited Lebanon in August 2019, to participate in the Maronite Academy, an endeavor undertaken by the Maronite Foundation.
Carried for the 7th consecutive year, this initiative aims to bring the Lebanese diaspora’s youth closer to their roots and their country of origin.
After going through a series of comprehensive online courses tackling the history of Lebanon and the Maronite Heritage, the applicants (between the ages of 20 and 30, of Lebanese descent, living abroad) had to undergo a written Essay, based on research and on personal/family experience, assessing the reason why they would like to visit Lebanon with the Maronite Foundation, and if they were willing to contribute to helping the Foundation by motivating the largest number of Lebanese living abroad among their communities, to recover their Lebanese citizenship.
Moreover, preference was given to those whose purposes, aspirations, and skills are most closely aligned with the mission of the Maronite Foundation in the World, and the selection process was highly dependent upon the levels of engagement, motivation, and thinking skills of the participants.
Finally, the successful candidates came from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela to partake in the Academy’s class of 2019.
They had the chance to live an unforgettable experience; a free two-week trip to Lebanon from August 3 until August 18, 2019 all expenses fully covered by the Maronite Foundation.
The participants’ stay in Lebanon spanned over two weeks, during which they attended daily lectures held at the USEK University by prominent panelists and visited various historical sites and landmarks.
The 2019 summer will witness remarkable memories and life-binding moments!
An unforgettable journey into the heart of Lebanon from August 3 till August 18, 2019, is waiting for the Maronite Academy Educational trip 2019 participants!
The Maronite Academy summer trip will span over two weeks, during which the youth will attend lectures held at the USEK University by prominent panelists and Lebanese personalities as guest speakers in its conferences. They will give the students more insights on Lebanon’s history and role in the region.
Additionally, the youth will visit Lebanon’s holy sites and monasteries, and various religious, cultural and historical landmarks such as Maghdouche, St. Charbel, Qadicha valley, Byblos, Baalbeck and the Cedars, to name a few.
This 2019 summer will witness unforgettable memories and life-binding moments!