The AYF ER began the Internship in Armenia program in 1992 to encourage Armenians in the Diaspora to visit and volunteer in Armenia. Over the past 23 years, the AYF has sent over 165 participants to the Homeland. Until an Armenian sets foot in Armenia, Armenia will only remain an idea. The Internship in Armenia program turns the Homeland into a reality by exposing interns to the people and culture of present day Armenia. Prior to 1991, an independent state for the Armenian people was inconceivable. But today, Armenia is a free and independent country, eager to grow and prosper. Although the country still faces extreme poverty and government corruption, its youth is optimistic and wants change. The Internship in Armenia program allows Diasporan Armenians to be a part of that change, while familiarizing them to all that Armenia has to offer.
The program seeks motivated people who are willing to devote their summer, from mid-June to mid-August, 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 take Armenian language lessons, attend weekly lecture series, cultural events, and any other activities in which the interns may show interest.
So if you are interested in a two month summer internship program in Yerevan… where you will climb the mountains and hills of Armenia, swim in the waters of Lake Sevan, interact with the villagers of Datev and explore the churches of every corner of Armenia… where you will teach an Armenian English, care for an orphan, take part in the culture and witness its beauty… it’s time to apply now! This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Take advantage of it while you can!
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.
Forums & Educationals
Interns will be required to attend one forum/educational per week, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evenings. 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.
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. In instances during excursions or planned activities, interns may be asked to speak in a video on behalf of the program about what they are currently taking part in.
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.
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.