Feature 07 Aug 17

Young Educated Bulgarians Return from Abroad for Good

The number of highly qualified Bulgarians choosing to start a career back home after graduating from top foreign universities is growing, NGOs say. 

Mariya Cheresheva
Young Bulgarians at a career forum in Sofia. Photo: Career in Bulgaria/Tuk-Tam

Unlike many Bulgarians who are determined to pursue the American dream, Hristo Boyadzhiev was quick to realize that the USA, where he went to study business in 2004, was not the right place for him.

With few reservations Boyadzhiev returned to Bulgaria in 2008 to start several successful projects, both in business and the non-governmental sector.

“Although I am very grateful for the education I have received, It did not take me long to realize that the way society works there [in the US] is just not my thing. So I came back – this was a conscious decision and I have not felt sorry about it even for one day,” he told BIRN.

Boyadjiev is one of the thousands of young Bulgarians who have chosen to study abroad, but after graduating, started a career back home. Together with six other like-minded people, he launched the non-governmental organization Tuk-Tam (Here and There) in 2008 with the mission to help other returnees find a job and establish social contacts back in Bulgaria.

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