A trip to the homeland is always memorable, but living in the homeland becomes a transformative experience. Yerevan is truly one of the hidden gems of the whole region with a buzzing art, music and culinary scene. In fact, National Geographic cited Yerevan as one of the top 10 places that deserves more travelers!
Participants really are more than travelers, they become one with Armenia as they spend their days with hands on experience and their nights and weekends exploring the offerings of the city. Living under the same roof, the group often finds the best nights are the ones spent cooking together and living like locals.
Past placements include National Instruments, Synopsys Armenia, Microsoft Armenia, Deem Communications, PicsArt, Izmirlian Medical Center, Arabkir Children’s Medical Center, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Central Bank of Armenia, Unibank, Ameriabank, International Child Development Center, Orran NGO and Regional Study Center.
While clearly immersed in Armenian culture, the program encourages further fine tuning of Armenian skills. Participants have weekly language classes with the AGBU Armenian Virtual College and enjoy weekly folk-dance sessions with AGBU Nork Children’s Center instructors. The classes come to life through sightseeing and cultural visits to Yerevan’s museums, theaters, and opera.
Organized excursions outside of Yerevan include trips to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery, and the towns of Gyumri and Dilijan. Some of the most popular excursions include an annual day trip to Lake Sevan, and climbing Mount Aragats.
The program also proudly instills in participants a strong sense of connection to Artsakh on an unforgettable three-day trip, filled with tours of major sites like Stepanakert, Shushi, and Gandzasar, and enjoying evenings with local residents.
AGBU owns and maintains its own private facility just outside the delighful city center. The AGBU Vahe Karapetian Center, is a spacious, state-of-the-art, fully furnished multi-purpose facility for international youth who have traveled for AGBU activities.
Accommodation features include shared bedrooms (3 per room), communal kitchen & indoor entertainment space including library, chess room, game room, and TV room. The space also boasts a comfortable outdoor entertainment space. Services include daily breakfast, Wi-Fi, free laundry and cleaning service and 24/7 building security guard.
The program maintains a reasonable curfew for the safety of the group.
Application deadline: December 1, 2018
Program dates: June 16 – July 27 (6 weeks)
Language: Armenian, English or Russian proficiency required
Tuition: $2,000 USD (plus $50 Non-Refundable Application Fee)
Participants are responsible for meals, transportation, and entertainment for the duration of the program.