The Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) is Armenia’s premier full-service internship and volunteer placement organization. If you are ready for a life-altering service experience, then AVC is for you!
We provide all of our volunteers (which will hopefully soon include you) with individualized internship placements, year-round at one more of our 1,200+ partner organizations. How? By looking at each volunteer’s individual interests and background and matching those with our partner needs. Our partner organizations cover practically all sectors: business, education, environment, culture, health, government, NGOs, and many more. In addition to placement support for your professional volunteering, AVC also offers airport pickup, home-stays, Armenian language classes, excursions, weekly forums and gatherings, and more to ensure you adjust to life in Armenia as smoothly as possible.
Currently, AVC offers three different programs: Junior Corps, Professional Corps, and Senior Corps. Check out the links below for more information about each.
Upon successful completion of the program, each volunteer enters our alumni family. Check out our “AVC Alumni” page for more details about the various support services we provide to alumni.
Are you ready to apply? As long as you are eligible, we would be thrilled to receive your application. Note that people falling into any of the below categories are NOT eligible to apply for service in the Armenian Volunteer Corps:
- Ethnic Armenians between the ages of 21 and 31 (if this includes you, check out our sister organization, catering specifically to young ethnic Armenians from abroad, at www.birthrightarmenia.org).
- Anyone who has lived permanently in Armenia for the past 36 months.
- Anyone who does not submit a complete application (more information about this appears in our “How to Apply” section).
- Anyone affiliated with an intelligence agency.
- Anyone needing an invitation letter to support an Armenian visa (AVC is unable to provide such letters).
AVC’s Junior Corps allows participants aged 21 to 31 (inclusive) to volunteer or complete university internships in Armenia; all people in this age range are welcome to apply except overseas Armenians, since Birthright Armenia runs a specialized program for them. The minimum time commitment to serve is one month, while the maximum is a full year. Volunteers spend a minimum of 30 hours a week at one (or more) of our partner organizations. International students studying in Armenia may be eligible for a reduced weekly commitment of 20 hours per week as long as they are pursuing full-time studies in-country.
Our Professional Corps invites professionals aged 32 to 59 who have at least five years of work experience to volunteer in Armenia. Participants may choose to volunteer in their fields of expertise or pursue other avenues in which they may be qualified. The minimum time commitment, here too, is one month, while the maximum, once again, is a full year. However, for any professional who cannot commit to a full month, AVC does allow a reduced commitment of two weeks if the professional pays a 75,000AMD fee, which helps finance our community service programs. The Professional Corps entails a more flexible schedule, requiring volunteers to spend a minimum of 20 hours a week at one (or more) of our partner organizations.
AVC strongly encourages accomplished professionals, aged 60+, to utilize their immense knowledge and experience to support Armenia’s further development. Precisely as is the case with the Professional Corps, the Senior Corps has a minimum one-month commitment and a maximum one-year commitment, with the possibility of reducing the minimum service time to two weeks with a payment of 75,000AMD going towards our community service programming. Once more as with the Professional Corps, the Senior Corps requires volunteers to spend a minimum of 20 hours a week at one (or more) of our partner organizations, affording them more time to themselves.
Reviews and Testimonials
I was blessed to have been assigned to a group who distributed nutrients and supplies to displaced families of the recent war and aggressions. It was very rewarding and humbling to help those in need. AVC staff s quick acceptance and support was exceptional and better than my previous experience.
Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) is a professional and supportive organization, and an amazing match for students looking to intern abroad. As a university student, I chose to do an internship during the final semester of my masters degree through Armenian Volunteer Corps.
I was looking for a volunteering program before I start my professional medical job and I wanted to have some quality time and fun. I found that in Armenia with AVC, they were really good and organize everything. We had an orientation meeting at the beginning while we were getting settled with an Armenian host family (my best part).
For years I had researched opportunities to volunteer abroad after my retirement from the corporate world. In 2022 that moment arrived and after a few months of decompressing I reached out to Armenian Volunteer Corps, soon afterwards I landed in Armenia for a one year commitment to volunteer.
From June through October 2022, I volunteered with AVC and with their help and support, I held four different positions. I taught conversational English at two sites, I worked at a farm and I provided traning for a pharma company on regulatory requirements for registering pharmaceutical products.
When I decided to join AVC, I had no idea how much my stay so intense. I could work for two organizations : European University where I could help teachers in my mother language French, my other job was to develop the links between French and Armenian doctors for the NGO "Santé Arménie". I felt useful in these activities and I'm very happy with this experience.
AVC offers an extremely well-organized and immersive volunteering experience in Armenia. Instead of a generic volunteering placement teaching English or volunteering at an Orphanage, AVC works with you to make sure that your placements not only make the most impact in Armenia but also help you in your professional career and/or align with your personal interests.
Volunteering with AVC is definitely a unique experience and is a great way to experience the Armenian culture. My experience was for about 4 months. I loved my job placements even though initially it took a couple of weeks to find a suitable job site.
My experience with AVC was mostly positive. Essentially, I was an office worker in my volunteer role. Even though it took longer than I would have liked for many of my contributions to be implemented, I did ultimately have a hand in improving the office environment.