Gyumri is an urban municipal community and the second-largest city in Armenia, serving as the administrative center of Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. Formerly known as Leninakan during the Soviet era, Gyumri flourished as a significant industrial and textile center within Soviet Armenia. Prior to the devastating Spitak earthquake of 1988, the city’s population soared to over 200,000. However, the earthquake inflicted severe damage, drastically reducing the population to 121,976 as per the 2011 census. Today, Gyumri continues to grapple with the lasting effects of the 1988 earthquake, but remains known as the cultural hub of Armenia due to the many artists and craftsmen who originated from the city. The municipality is the office that works to serve the community’s administrative activities, organize public events, and develop the city into a more prosperous and comfortable one.

Typical Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers at the Gyumri Municipality engage in diverse initiatives aimed at promoting tourism, historic preservation, community development, and cultural enrichment. Additionally, volunteers undertake development projects for rural areas in the Shirak province, with a focus on long-term tourism initiatives and agricultural development. Volunteers also explore and suggest innovative promotional methods while curating website sections dedicated to Urban Culture, Adventure, Wellness, Nature, Religion, and Cultural Heritage.

March 25, 2024