Social Work/Counselling

Take a look at some available opportunities.
If you want to know about our other partners, contact us!

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) ARMENIA

The Armenian General Benevolent Union is devoted to upholding the Armenian heritage through cultural, educational, socio-economic, and humanitarian programs. AGBU Armenia specifically focuses its efforts on the preservation and promotion of Armenian identity, with activities concentrated in economic growth, institutional development, culture, and education (albeit in limited capacity).

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Typical volunteer tasks within AGBU Armenia involve assisting the outreach director in various capacities, such as structuring and conducting analysis, developing business plans and models, collecting primary data as needed, coordinating efforts with stakeholders, facilitating workshops and working sessions, effectively communicating both internally and externally within the project’s scope, and supporting ongoing humanitarian projects.

ARMENIAN WOUNDED HEROES FUND

Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund’s mission is to save, support and empower wounded warriors. The Fund has targeted programs specifically for the Defence Forces including supporting combat casualty care capabilities through advances first-aid kits and trainings, assisting front line infrastructure upgrades to protect armed forces (communications, running water, hygienic living conditions), and providing physical and mental rehabilitation of wounded heroes. For more insights into the impactful work of our volunteers, you can explore the following blog posts: Blog 1, Blog 2.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers often engage in teaching basic English to wounded soldiers, tailoring their instruction to the individual soldier’s level of knowledge, which may include conversational English or more advanced language skills. Additionally, volunteers contribute to the rehabilitation process by assisting with physical therapy sessions and offering psychological counseling support.

FRONTLINE THERAPISTS

Frontline Therapists is dedicated to providing sustainable emergency mental health services to soldiers, their families, military personnel, and any others impacted by the recent Artsakh war while on the frontlines. The following post highlights an AVC volunteer’s personal experience related to their mission.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Licensed therapists may engage in direct mental health treatment, conducting trainings, facilitating group counseling sessions, and offering supervision. For non-licensed volunteers, tasks may involve providing psychological first aid, which includes educating the public about mental health and available services, assisting with social media and web content creation, and supporting advocacy efforts.

SPECIALIZED CHILDREN’S HOME OF KHARBERD

The Specialized Children’s Home of Kharberd is a state institution established in 1950. Over 200 children with mental and physical disabilities are currently living in this home, enjoying arts and crafts, fun and games, and eager to make new friends. The following posts share heartwarming stories and experiences from our previous volunteers showcasing the impactful work being done at the Center: Blog 1, Blog 2, Blog 3, Blog 4.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Most volunteers spend quality time with the children, assisting them with daily activities such as eating and moving around, organizing sports activities, going for walks, and arranging entertainment activities. Volunteers with a background in psychology may also engage in art therapy, including activities such as clay modeling, music therapy, painting, and hippo-therapy. They can additionally provide training to staff members, exchanging valuable expertise.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT CENTER (WSC)

WSC creates a safe and confidential environment for healing and recovery — a place where women receive support, empathy, and the knowledge that they are not alone in their struggles. Women are provided with practical learning about domestic violence, as well as counseling that bolsters self-esteem and confidence. The Center offers a hotline, walk-in services, legal and psychological counseling, representation in court trials for criminal proceedings, divorce, or child custody, training sessions, help in dealing with police and social services departments, and assistance with setting up a new life for the survivor and her children. The Women’s Support Center also runs the only shelter in the country. Check out the impactful experiences AVC volunteers have had with the Center: Blog 1, Blog 2, Blog 3.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteer opportunities at the Center include social work assistance to provide additional support and guidance to women in need, conducting research contributing to the understanding of domestic violence and effective intervention strategies, photography work to document the work the Center does, graphic design for educational materials, yoga or massage sessions to promote stress relief for the members of the Center.

SOURCE FOUNDATION SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES

The mission of SOURCE Foundation is to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities and their families, to promote their involvement in social life, and to create a prosperous environment for them. In addition, their vision is to promote children’s inclusion in society and the workplace, create needed services, and  ensure an improved quality of life in line with international standards. The organization seeks to raise awareness of and extend support to as many children and families as possible. In 2017, the Source Foundation established a day-care center for children with disabilities in Yerevan committed to development and rehabilitation through therapeutic art, speech, and physical activities.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers are involved in various tasks including fundraising initiatives to support the organization’s programs, communication efforts to raise awareness about the foundation’s work, and assisting in organizational development activities. Moreover, volunteers have the opportunity to directly engage with the children at the development center, providing specialized care, support, and therapy.

WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL, ARMENIA OFFICE

World Vision is a Christian, child-focused and community-based organization, dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers have the opportunity to get engaged with public health projects aimed at community development. They may also aid in producing communication materials such as news articles, eye-witness stories, feature stories, and video/photo content in addition to assisting in organizing events and campaigns, maintaining media relations, and updating online platforms. Moreover, the volunteers can assist in marketing initiatives, fundraising activities, as well as help with translating materials to reach wider audiences. Likewise, they may support the facilitation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the capacity building of youth and children. 

GHOGHANJ NGO

Ghoghanj NGO, based in Yerevan, provides the proper support and guidance children need to excel in school and become self-confident, respectful young adults. They have a mentoring program for more than 110 at-risk students who come from hardworking single parent households or from socially dysfunctional families. Some of their children have social, behavioral, or physical disabilities. The services include psychological and social development support, homework assistance, English classes, art programs, and computer classes.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers seeking mentoring or teaching experience will be a great fit with Ghoghanj. They can teach English or computer classes, lead different clubs, and provide homework assistance. Volunteers can organize events to enrich the experiences of the students and raise awareness about the NGO’s programs. Furthermore, they can assist with translating materials for the organization’s website, support fundraising efforts, establish connections with similar organizations abroad to exchange best practices and resources, and manage social media platforms to increase outreach and engagement.

Don't see what you're looking for? Contact us!

Partners

Still have questions?