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PRESS RELEASE

Friday, February 1, 2008

Internships, Youth Trips & Scout Camps: AGBU Offers Superb Lineup of
Armenia Summer Programs

As summer 2008 rapidly approaches, AGBU is offering a wide variety of
opportunities for Armenian youth to journey to Armenia for a memorable
experience of cultural enrichment, service and travel as well as
professional and personal growth. The AGBU programs include the Yerevan
Summer Intern Program (YSIP), the Youth Trip to Armenia and--the newest
project to galvanize youth--a Scout Camp in the Dilijan-Vanadzor region.

Intern in Armenia

New to the AGBU summer program portfolio, YSIP was an instant success
amongst participants during its first-ever season last year. College
students eager to learn about their heritage, while developing hands-on
professional experience in their field of interest, are highly
encouraged to apply. Students last summer interned at leading companies
and organizations in the capital city, including the Cafesjian Museum
Foundation, World Health Organization, and several leading medical
institutions.

In addition to eye-opening professional experience, YSIP participants
will have the chance to engross themselves in language instruction,
dance classes, history lectures, service projects and meetings with
government officials. A full educational, cultural and social schedule
also includes weekend trips to other parts of Armenia and Karabakh and
mixers with other intern groups from the Diaspora.

A very successful addition to the established AGBU internship programs
in New York and Paris, YSIP proved to be both professionally and
personally fulfilling for participants who connected with peers
throughout the world in the land where all Armenians share a common
bond. This year's five-week program will begin on June 28 and continue
until August 2. The application deadline is February 18, 2008.

Youth Explore Armenia

Now in its fifth year, AGBU is welcoming participants for its annual
Youth Trip to Armenia and Karabakh. Youths between the ages of 15 and 18
are encouraged to join their Armenian peers from around the world to
explore the sights and sounds of our ancient culture and heritage under
the supervised care of certified tour guides and chaperones. The
program's goal is that participants will experience the true Armenian
spirit and develop a love and understanding for our shared culture of
not only the past, but the present and the future.

Activities include a climb to the top of Armenia's highest peak, Mount
Aragats, unearthing part of an archeological site, and side trips to
Gyumri, Garni, Geghard, Lake Sevan, Khor Virap and neighboring Karabakh.
The youth will also have the chance to make a difference by reaching out
to fellow Armenians through service projects and will see firsthand the
ongoing work of the AGBU, the largest Armenian philanthropic
organization in the world. This year's trip will be held from August 9
to 29 and the deadline to apply is February 18, 2008.

AGBU's Scouting Spirit

>From July 25 until August 30, AGBU is also offering a trip to Armenia
for its Scout troops. Since 1936, AGBU Scouts have been active in Egypt,
Lebanon and Syria, and more recently in other parts of the world,
proving to be one of the most popular activities for boys and girls
eager to connect with their Armenian heritage and the great outdoors.

Today, many of these troops are affiliated with local chapters of the
AGBU Armenian Youth Association (AYA) and thrive in Argentina, Brazil,
Canada, Cyprus, Uruguay and the United States. Scouts between the ages
of 13 and 18 from all over the world will now have the chance to come
together in Armenia and attend scout camp in the historic and
picturesque forests of Dilijan-Vanadzor. For the first year only, the
new Scout Camp will welcome scouts from across southwest Asia and Egypt.
By its second season in 2009, the camp will be hosting AGBU scouts from
around the world and exposing youth to the picturesque Armenian
countryside.

For more information on all three summer programs in Armenia, please
visit www.agbu.org/summer2008. For specific details on each program,
please email [email protected] for the Yerevan Summer Internship Program,
email Hermine Duzian at [email protected] for the Youth Trips to
Armenia, and contact Kevork Santourian at [email protected] for
the new AGBU Scout Camp.

Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world's largest
non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City with an
annual budget of $36 million, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian
identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian
programs, annually touching the lives of some 400,000 Armenians on six
continents.