The program seeks motivated people who are willing to devote their summer to volunteer in Armenia. The Diaspora serves as a valuable resource in the growth and stability of Armenia, and as an intern, you can contribute to Armenia’s progress. Volunteers are placed in government agencies, private companies, and NGOs relating to their career/interests, and internships are available in almost every field. During the week, interns volunteer at their assigned internship. On the weekends, interns embark on tours outside of Yerevan, including overnight trips to Artsakh and Javakhk. The Internship Director will also provide opportunities for you to attend weekly lecture series, cultural events, and any other activities in which the interns may show interest.
Program dates: June 17th - August 23rd, 2019Program Fee: $1,000
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JANUARY 17TH, 2019
If you are offered a position in the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit will be due upon your acceptance. The remaining $750 will be due prior to your arrival in Armenia. Please send both payments in the form of a check made out to the "Armenian Youth Federation" to:
Armenian Youth FederationAttn: Armenia Internship80 Bigelow AvenueWatertown, MA 02472
By February 1st, you will be informed of your acceptance status. You will have until February 15th to confirm your participation in the program and submit a deposit check of $250 for the program. Failure to submit the appropriate fees will rescind your application. This fee covers lodging for your time in Armenia, (June 17 – August 23), weekend sightseeing trips to historical landmarks, tours to various companies and institutions, and some paid group meals. The excursions are arranged by the program’s on-site directors and include meals, lodging, and transportation. Participants are responsible for the cost of airfare and other travel related costs, food, and weekday transportation throughout Yerevan. Further information will become available upon acceptance.
Eligibility:All applicants must be between 18-28 years of age, and AYF membership is not necessary.
Once all your application materials are received, the internship Council will contact you for phone and Skype interviews to discuss your goals, experience, and skills.
PASSPORT: You should immediately apply for a passport if you do not already possess one.
Program Expectations:All interns are required to volunteer for a minimum of 30 hours per week (6 hours a day), Monday through Friday, at their respective job sites throughout the entire duration of the Internship program. Interns are not allowed to take days off unless they fall ill or are directed to do so by the Internship Director for excursions that may take place during weekdays. Interns should be proactive in their work environment and not wait for coworkers to assign tasks. Business in Yerevan tends to slow in the summer, so interns should be ready and willing to carry out any tasks they are assigned or capable of doing on their own.
Interns will be required to attend any forums or educationals scheduled by the Internship Director. These topics will enlighten interns about Armenia’s current day issues, allow them to establish connections with resourceful others, and give them time to reflect on their experiences.
Interns may be directed to leave work earlier than usual on specified days to take part in community service projects implemented by the Internship Director. The Internship Director will schedule tentative service projects throughout the city of Yerevan, including, but not limited to, cleanup projects, visiting orphanages, etc.
Excursions outside the city will take place on weekends, with some exceptions, the dates of which will be provided in advance. All interns MUST attend all planned excursions throughout the duration of the program. Over the next two months, interns will be exposed to an exceptional excursion experience, from visiting the usual tourist attractions, to finding themselves in a unique place they’ve never even heard of before.
The Internship program has a strong online presence via social media to allow interns to share their experiences with others who can follow the program daily. The Internship Director will be responsible for updating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the blog, but the interns are responsible for providing the content. All interns are expected to write blurbs about their experiences throughout the summer, which will be submitted to the Internship Director for posting.
Please reach out via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.