Last week (June 10-13) was the MAK18 Language and Cultural In-Service Training (IST). We stayed at the wonderful Hotel Biser, just outside of Struga on Lake Ohrid (about 30 minutes from Ohrid). The IST was a great time to refresh language skills, sunbathe, relax, and most importantly—reconnect and spent time with fellow Volunteers! Hotel Biser is built into the rock and in a peaceful, beautiful location with a monastery and church on its compound. I took classes to enhance my Macedonian language skills including slang, colloquial expressions, and indirect and direct object pronouns. I even took some beginner Albanian classes for something different and to help me navigate the multi-ethnic communities I visit and better connect with any ethnic Albanian clients my NGO serves. I cannot think of a better way to kick off the summer than this IST. Above are some photos of the hotel, monastery, views of the lake, and some PCVs. One of them is of my language class from Lozovo for our former language teacher who could not attend. She was greatly missed!
Photos courtesy of Nick Husted, Christopher Quintos, and James Willis.