Location and Culture
Albania is located on the Adriatic Sea in southeastern Europe, across from Italy and north of Greece. It is a small mountainous country with both Mediterranean and Alpine climates. After centuries of foreign occupation followed by decades of oppressive communist rule, Albania is embracing democracy and capitalism. Although it is a poor, developing nation, today Albania has a fast growing economy, and it is a candidate for the European Union. The following is from Lonely Planet, which ranked Albania as the Number One destination in the world in 2011: “Not just the preserve of the adventurous, Albania is a warm and sincerely hospitable country – with enough rough edges to keep it interesting.” National Geographic ranked Albania among the top places to visit in 2018. Albania has numerous small cities of historical or archeological interest in additional to Tirana, it's bustling capital city with heavy traffic and chaotic construction. Tirana also offers cultural activities, museums, good restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and a large population of students eager to practice their English.
Examples of past projects completed at the Tirana Albania project center include:
- Promoted community-based tourism in a village having a previously inaccessible cave
- Documented environmental conditions along a major river
- Developed a water education program for Albanian high schools
- Collaborated with goat farmers to develop markets for local dried meat products