“When I saw Armenia on the map, I became curious to know more about it and what happens there, hence I decided to travel to this country which is very far away from home,” says Lucia Mawoko, our first-ever AVC volunteer from Zimbabwe. Having completed her graduate degree in Development Studies at the University of Fort Hare South Africa, Lucia is extremely positive and motivated, eager to contribute her energies to Armenia’s development and in turn introduce Armenians to Zimbabwean traditions.
During her three-month experience thus far with AVC, Lucia has been working with two jobsites that perfectly align with her interests: the Women’s Resource Center of Armenia (Yerevan) and Youth Palace CNCO (Gyumri), where she practices her second passion — teaching. Working and living in both the capital city as well as two hours north in the Shirak region of Armenia, Lucia is sure that she is making an impact in both local communities merely by her presence here.
“I am a person who likes to take on challenges outside of my comfort zone”
~ Lucia Mawoko
As you start planning your travels, why not consider a service experience be it professional or less formal; alone, as a couple, or with friends. AVC will customize the experience for you.
Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) offers immersion, non-tourist experiences similar to those offered by its sister organization Birthright Armenia (BR) to anyone who is not BR-eligible; i.e. to individuals of all backgrounds and ethnicity from across the globe, age 21 and up. Service terms are as short as two weeks and up to one year.