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Birthright Armenia More Than Doubles Its Capacity in 2005

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  • Birthright Armenia More Than Doubles Its Capacity in 2005


    Contact: Linda Yepoyan
    Phone: 610-642-6633
    [email protected]
    May 31, 2005


    Riding on the success of last year's pilot season, Birthright Armenia/Depi
    Hayk is ready for a large influx of young summer volunteers, who have
    already begun to arrive in Armenia, ready for their journey of
    self-discovery. Already in 2005, 10 volunteers have participated in the
    program and 80 more have already signed on for this summer's two month
    program. The summer volunteers are just weeks away from what will be the
    peak season for young diasporans doing rewarding community service and
    experiencing the Homeland firsthand. Birthright Armenia will be prepared for
    them, with an exciting line-up of educational support services, including
    weekly guided excursions, Armenian language classes, a two-track forum
    series and more.

    This summer's group has a true international flavor, as Birthright Armenia's
    18-32 year-old participants will be coming from ten different countries
    including: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Great Britain,
    Lebanon, Spain, and the United States. They will be doing a minimum of two
    months of valuable volunteer service in various sectors of Armenia under the
    auspices of a variety of youth programs being implemented by 17 different
    diasporan and local NGO organizations. Participating organizations include:
    AAA, ACYOA, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Armenian
    Medical Association (AMA), Armenia Tree Project (ATP), Armenian Volunteer
    Corp (AVC), AYF, Christian Youth Mission to Armenia (CYMA), Diaspora-Armenia
    Connexion (DAC), FAR, Glendale Community College Study Abroad Program,
    International Center for Human Development, Land and Culture Organization
    (LCO), Mental Health Foundation, Mission Armenia, NY-ASA, and Young Lawyers

    The natural gravitation to the Homeland is what will bring all these
    volunteers from different backgrounds together. What will unify them once in
    country will be the supplemental program services of Birthright Armenia,
    which will run throughout the summer. Weekly "havaks", a two-track
    educational forum series with invited subject matter experts, Armenian
    language instruction for those who do not know Armenian, and weekly
    excursions to every region of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh will allow for
    relationship building within organizations, as well as with many local

    To further the cultural immersion experience, over a third of the
    participants will be taking Eastern Armenian language instruction to acquire
    basic language proficiency during their eight week stay. Another third are
    opting to live with local host families, which will also help them
    strengthen their language skills and allow them to see close-up how a
    typical Armenian family lives in Yerevan.

    For those interested in learning more about Birthright Armenia, please visit or email [email protected] for more
    information. Please be sure to bookmark the Web site address and check back
    regularly this summer to read all about the adventures and life-changing
    experiences the Birthright Armenia/Depi Hayk volunteers will have this
    summer via the posted Travelogue and Photo Gallery sections.

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