From Anxiety to Bliss: How Volunteering in Yerevan Restored My Spirit20240208105712

From Anxiety to Bliss: How Volunteering in Yerevan Restored My Spirit

taniaFebruary 8, 20240 comments
I arrived in Yerevan in October of 2023 broken, exhausted, and filled with anxiety to the brim. The ethnical cleansing in Artsakh, followed by the fir...
Two Torontonians Making a Difference in Armenia20231226144214

Two Torontonians Making a Difference in Armenia

taniaDecember 26, 20230 comments
With its rich history and vibrant culture, Armenia has always held a special place in the hearts of its diaspora. For Rosa Safarian and Goharik Mirzai...
A Journey of Reconnection in Armenia with the AVC20231130094803

A Journey of Reconnection in Armenia with the AVC

taniaNovember 30, 20230 comments
I was exhausted on the evening of my fifth day in Yerevan. I had spent the entire day indoors, so despite my fatigue, I motivated myself to attend a s...
Continuing My Volunteering Journey with AVC20231026130910

Continuing My Volunteering Journey with AVC

taniaOctober 26, 20230 comments
Embarking on the second phase of my volunteer journey with the Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC), I’ve found that my passion for Armenia and my des...
Aline’s Unwavering Dedication to Armenia’s Future20230926071053

Aline’s Unwavering Dedication to Armenia’s Future

taniaSeptember 26, 20230 comments
We at AVC take pride in connecting passionate volunteers with opportunities to contribute to Armenia’s progress; we also love sharing their stor...
Armenia: Unveiling Ancient Treasures20230613114155

Armenia: Unveiling Ancient Treasures

taniaJune 13, 20230 comments
Armenia? Where is that?   This was my first thought when in the summer of 2011 we started our family holiday to Israel in the old city of Jerusal...
Take the Plunge to Volunteer in Armenia20230530062944

Take the Plunge to Volunteer in Armenia

As the granddaughter of genocide survivors who later migrated to Uruguay (the first country to recognize the Armenian genocide), I’ve always been pr...
Her Birthday Gift: A Ticket to Armenia20230524091724

Her Birthday Gift: A Ticket to Armenia

taniaMay 24, 20230 comments
In celebration of her 50th birthday, Analía decided to give herself a unique and meaningful gift—a chance to volunteer in her ancestral homeland. A...
365 Days Around the Araratian Sun20230524085141

365 Days Around the Araratian Sun

taniaMay 24, 20230 comments
A Journey to Armenia: Dreams, Legends, and Reality June 17, 2012 – Air France Flight-1060 departs Charles-De-Gaulle en route to Zvartnots. A 29-year...
Armenia was a Love at First Sight20230316110733

Armenia was a Love at First Sight

Volunteering in Armenia was one of the most inspiring experiences I have ever had. Volunteering after about 20 years of working for a salary is an abs...
Joining Us Was “ճակատագիր” (Fate) For This “ABC of AVC”20230215130414

Joining Us Was “ճակատագիր” (Fate) For This “ABC of AVC”

Why live in Armenia and learn Armenian, if you are not Armenian  Dr. Stacey Vorster is one of AVC’s newest ABCs (Armenian by Choice). Stacey never...
Life Lessons and Genuine People in Armenia20230116084141

Life Lessons and Genuine People in Armenia

hayk.kocharyan.1987@gmail.comJanuary 16, 2023, , 0 comments
A warm welcome from Armenians reconciled my language barrier The decision to come to Armenia was on my mind for quite some time. It was going to be my...
Success: Establishing the Film Commission20221114132738

Success: Establishing the Film Commission

taniaNovember 14, 20220 comments
Do you remember Eva Minassian? She is an AVC volunteer who was determined to create a film commission to help promote Armenia as a filming destination...
ABCs of AVC20221007121603

ABCs of AVC

taniaOctober 7, 20220 comments
The ABCs of AVC: A Poem by Michael Collins Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone, Bringing your best self to the fore every day? Can you spe...
Emie’s Impactful Volunteering Well Timed20221011072420

Emie’s Impactful Volunteering Well Timed

taniaOctober 11, 20220 comments
It was August 2021, in peak COVID lockdown in Melbourne, Australia, where I sat in my lounge room in silence. I knew I wanted to go to Armenia again. ...
Exposing Adventurous Travelers to Armenia20220831081609

Exposing Adventurous Travelers to Armenia

taniaAugust 31, 20220 comments
After volunteering as an English teacher in Yerevan, AVC alumnus Ric Gazarian (2004) strongly maintained his connections to his ancestral homeland. Fa...
Days of Mourning after Surmalu Explosion20220819134408

Days of Mourning after Surmalu Explosion

taniaAugust 19, 20220 comments
No time is convenient for tragedy to strike, But Yerevantsis got a chance to see what it looks like. Yerevan’s characteristic peace was shattered; A...
Here is my Armenian story20220731194139

Here is my Armenian story

taniaJuly 31, 20220 comments
My Armenian story started in 2019, when, wanting to travel after long years of work in Law school, law firms, law department, I booked a hiking trip i...
I Thought I Was Just Passing Through…20220720115502

I Thought I Was Just Passing Through…

taniaJuly 20, 20220 comments
I don’t know how other non-Armenian volunteers learned about AVC or how long it took them to commit to the program, but I discovered AVC several yea...
New Start for Olga in Armenia20220629083425

New Start for Olga in Armenia

taniaJune 29, 20220 comments
Olga Kuzamichёva is not Armenian – she is Russian. Along with her husband and three year old son, Sasha, she left Irkutsk for Yerevan on April ...
Dare to Repatriate in your 40s; This is Tsoleen’s Story20220323071624

Dare to Repatriate in your 40s; This is Tsoleen’s Story

taniaMarch 23, 20220 comments
Since her first visit in 1994, Tsoleen Sarian dreamt of moving to Armenia. Twenty-seven years later, she made that dream a reality when she boarded a ...
Christmas Magic for Kids by Ardem Tutunjian20211215102017

Christmas Magic for Kids by Ardem Tutunjian

taniaDecember 15, 20210 comments
Ardem Tutunjian, an AVC alum, finishing his respective volunteering with AVC in 2021 returned to Toronto in September. Two months later he decided to ...
Two Job Offers Set Ground for Sarkis’ Repatriation20211210103339

Two Job Offers Set Ground for Sarkis’ Repatriation

taniaDecember 10, 20210 comments
Sarkis Keshichian, an accomplished psychologist, had one goal in mind when he first came to Armenia from Lebanon in 2019 — to find a job to repatria...
Boosting Biomedical Engineering in Armenia20211130122138

Boosting Biomedical Engineering in Armenia

taniaNovember 30, 20210 comments
“I want to establish my own firm in medical informatics and contribute to the Armenian economy,” stated Ara Yeramian, 39, when applying to the AVC...
Compiling Family Tree Puzzle20211115132134

Compiling Family Tree Puzzle

taniaNovember 15, 20210 comments
Two people of Armenian descent, one born and raised in Canada, the other in Argentina, decide to volunteer in Armenia exactly the same year, the same ...
Eva Minassian: Armenia and the Film Industry20211029133754

Eva Minassian: Armenia and the Film Industry

taniaOctober 29, 20210 comments
Eva Minassian, a costume designer from France, decided to come to Armenia to create bridges between Armenia and the film industry abroad. Working in t...
In your 50s and above? We Need You!20210812113912

In your 50s and above? We Need You!

taniaAugust 12, 20210 comments
Many believe that volunteering should cover the first years of their career path and lead toward the real door of opportunity. In other words, volunte...
Calling Upon Her Heart’s Desire20210809145837

Calling Upon Her Heart’s Desire

taniaAugust 9, 20210 comments
“It’s quite a difficult question, a touching one as well, but the bottom line is it was my heart’s desire, a call to my very soul.&#...
My stay in Gyumri | Stefano Tononi20210601131719

My stay in Gyumri | Stefano Tononi

taniaJune 1, 20210 comments
My stay in Gyumri was wonderful. It was a very enriching experience for me. The Birthright and Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) teams gave me a warm wel...
Making An Impact… With Family!20210525121634

Making An Impact… With Family!

taniaMay 25, 20210 comments
“I would like to come and do Birthright Armenia but my father also wants to be useful in Armenia, is it possible?” Yes, it’s possibl...
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