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ORRAN BENEVOLENT ORGANIZATION

Orran Benevolent Organization has helped thousands of families in need, all over Armenia and in Artsakh. Its mission has been to divert children from the streets and engage them in academic, cultural, and extra-curricular activities as well as assist the lonely and needy elderly. The organization works by identifying and developing children’s interests and talents towards a working career and preventing the spread of destitution and begging among Armenia’s children and elderly.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: By volunteering with Orran, participants have the opportunity to contribute to a noble cause and make a meaningful impact on the lives of vulnerable children and elderly individuals in Armenia.Volunteers can support Orran staff by organizing and facilitating English classes, sports activities, and other enrichment programs aimed at fostering the holistic development of children. For inspiring stories about volunteering with Orran, check out these blog posts: Blog 1, Blog 2.

FAR CHILDRENS SUPPORT CENTER

FAR Children’s Support Center provides short-term emergency relief and implements long-term programs for the economic growth and social development for Armenia. The key areas of their operations are child protection, economic development, medical and health support, education and social services. As a burgeoning player in the humanitarian and development field, FAR has spent years bringing humanitarian assistance to those in need. The Center has served nearly 1,000 vulnerable children who sought short-term shelter and rehabilitation and outreach services like social and psychological counseling.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers can conduct various activities such as music therapy classes, art therapy classes, drama classes, song classes, dance classes, English classes, as well as engage in activities like playing games and storytelling to nurture the well-being and development of children. Volunteers with technical skills can contribute by writing newsletters, photographing events and project sites, and translating PR content material between Armenian and English to support FAR’s communications.

NAMASTAY CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY CENTER

Namastay is a community center for self-awareness and self-empowerment through movement, flow, balance, yoga, meditation, and building connections. With a studio space and a welcoming common area for coworking, collaboration, and relaxation, Namastay offers a diverse range of activities. These include hosting travelers, organizing ecotours, and advocating for sustainable living practices such as recycling, composting, neighborhood cleanups, and beautification projects. Further details regarding volunteering with them can be found in this blog post.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers play an active role in the growth and maintenance of Namastay, actively participating in community activities and ensuring the center remains clean and safe for all visitors. Additionally, volunteers contribute to the expansion of Namastay’s offerings by sharing their expertise and facilitating workshops on various crafts, skills, and practices related to mindful living. They also assist in promoting the center by sharing photos on social media, organizing events, and spreading awareness about Namastay’s mission.

ARMENIAN PROGRESSIVE YOUTH (APY) NGO

APY is a non-​profit, non-​political organization aiming to support, inspire, and engage young people from Armenia and all over the world to develop their social leadership skills, take civic responsibility, and act as change-makers. Through different projects, initiatives and informal education tools, they ensure that young people develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competencies to thrive in the modern world. Check out the following blog post highlighting one volunteer’s experience with AVC.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers at APY typically work as members of the Youth and Media Group (YM group), specializing in movie-making on topics such as anti-discrimination, tolerance, gender issues, LGBT issues, and healthy lifestyles. As such, they actively participate in YM group meetings, undertake tasks assigned by the APY board related to media and photography, and even have the opportunity to pursue their own initiatives. Volunteers are encouraged to propose and implement their own video or photo projects with the support of the YM team. 

HIKEARMENIA

HIKEArmenia strives to develop a wide range of economic, tourism, and cultural sectors in Armenia as a way of promoting rural development across the country. Its priorities include designing a state-of-the-art hiking resource center in downtown Yerevan, creating a one-stop shop for hiking and ecotourism, building upon the pilot release of its mobile app, advocating for further development and investment in quality trail design and necessary hiking infrastructure, and promoting Armenia worldwide as a hiking destination. For more insights into HIKEArmenia’s work and its impact, explore featured blog posts: Getting Back to His Roots with Mother Nature“, “Armenia’s Wide Range of Hiking Destinations“, and “Exposing Adventurous Travelers to Armenia.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers at HIKEArmenia play a vital role in the organization’s developmental stages. They engage in a diverse array of tasks, primarily in the field, collaborating with partner organizations such as the Transcaucasian Trail (TCT). Fieldwork responsibilities encompass overseeing and actively participating in the trail-building process, from initial scouting and marking to hands-on construction. Extensive research is integral to this process, involving the identification of existing trails, points of interest, cultural heritage sites, and lodging options. Volunteers also seek strategic partnerships with relevant organizations possessing valuable information or ongoing similar projects. In addition to fieldwork and research efforts, volunteers contribute to HIKEArmenia’s mission of promoting Armenia as a premier hiking destination worldwide. Activities include contributing to the development of an interactive website, touchscreen interfaces for information centers, and enhancing the organization’s mobile application. Volunteers assist in testing prototype platforms, reviewing and generating content, conducting research, monitoring project progress, mapping trails, and engaging in community outreach initiatives. 

GOALS – GIRLS OF ARMENIA LEADERSHIP SOCCER

GOALS supports and empowers youth to become leaders through the creation of safe spaces to play soccer, speak their minds, challenge social norms, build confidence, and forge ties with like-minded individuals. Through soccer leagues, after-school clubs, and summer camps, GOALS breaks down existing barriers to girls playing soccer while also creating safe spaces for youth to openly discuss social issues affecting their lives. Using sports for social impact, GOALS hopes to create a new generation of empathetic Armenians.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Tasks include managing social media schedules, capturing live stream videos and photos during events, conducting participant interviews, editing videos and photos for posting, creating short videos documenting events and trainings, designing promotional materials such as flyers and banners, updating and enhancing the organization’s website, and fulfilling urgent needs like supporting summer camps. Additionally, volunteers collaborate with GOALS staff to develop a comprehensive marketing plan aimed at diversifying funding and enhancing social media presence. This involves researching best practices for social media campaigns and fundraising, analyzing social media data, conducting a situation analysis, setting marketing goals, and crafting a unique strategy to attract donors and grant makers.

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