Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC)
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Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC)

Founded in 2000, the Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) is the premiere volunteer organization in Armenia. A registered non-profit foundation in Armenia, AVC affords individuals aged 21 and up the opportunity to live and work in Armenia for service terms of up to one (1) year.

AVC provides innumerable service opportunities in and out of the capital, Yerevan. AVC matches your skillset, expertise and interests with the needs of Armenian organizations and communities in fields such as agriculture, engineering, health, architecture, education, journalism, arts and culture, public policy, and zoology, to name but a few. Whether you're looking for a professional internship or just want to do good, AVC has a match for you!

AVC's motto – Come Move Mountains – is achieved each day by the extraordinary efforts of our dedicated volunteers.

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Gabe
Male
32 years old
United States
Other

Great program

10/10

AVC is a flexible, versatile and established organization. Having been around for over 10 years, they have connections with numerous organizations in Armenia and are have had hundreds of volunteers pass through their door. It's best (as always) to have a sense of what type of volunteering you want to do, which they can help shape into a concrete plan.

I wanted a professional experience and told them that I was really only interested in volunteering in Armenia if I could work at one of two organizations, with my top choice being the Human Rights Defender's Office of Armenia. AVC has never had a volunteer there before, but they made a number of calls on my behalf and basically made it happen. It was great to have an interesting professional work experience while connecting with volunteers all over the world (but primarily from US and Canada).

How can this program be improved?

As mentioned above, most of the volunteers are from the US and Canada, which makes a foreign place like Armenia slightly less foreign.

During the summer there are a ton of younger volunteers (20-22 yrs old), which for an older guy like me (28), gets a little tiring.

Also, some people have had the issue that they didn't feel like their work was useful. Because I stayed for so long and got my first choice volunteer site, I felt like my work had significant impact. This is from someone who spoke no Armenian before going to Armenia.

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An
Female
57 years old
New Jersey
The College of New Jersey

There's so much to do!

10/10

After 30 years in the corporate world in New York, I decided to take a break and go to Armenia to volunteer for 4 months. With AVC's help and guidance, I worked at 3 sites as a volunteer. All 3 were great matches for my interests and skills and 4 months turned into 8 months. One volunteer position in particular turned into a paid job, and I am staying on in Armenia for the time being.
The AVC team treated me like family and with their support and friendship, I felt immediately at home in Armenia. AVC is affiliated with Birthright Armenia, and the 30-40 young people who are volunteering in Armenia with Birthright at any given time also became part of my immediate social circle. These 2 organizations make a community within this beautiful and friendly country! There is so much to do here, and everything we do is welcomed, appreciated, and valued. Come move mountains and enjoy life!!

How can this program be improved?

Not all volunteer jobs are well defined or supervised. I think it's crucial that volunteer positions be specific, tangible, and have a clearly defined goal. They should have a beginning and an end. Supervisors should be available to provide guidance and feedback.

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Araz
Male
32 years old
Toronto, Canada
Carleton University

Armenian Volunteer Corps and I

10/10

The Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) program was an amazing opportunity for me to work, volunteer and gain experience in a specific field of my choice. At the time I was a new-graduate from the Electrical Engineer program. I had a hard time finding work in my own field, companies wouldn't even except me if I wanted to work for free (Volunteer). They would say I will be a liability for them, or they said they had trade secrets and since I won't be a member on their payroll, they couldn't accept me! So, having to deal with that type of responses and hundreds of failed replies to job postings, I decided to apply to AVC. I got a response very quickly and within a week or so I had an interview with them via skype. I mentioned in my interview with them, that I needed to find a volunteer work placement in the Electrical Engineering sector of the country. Surly withing a week they got back to me with a position at the American University of Armenia (AUA), working on reviving a giant HVAC system that 60% of its power was generated by the solar panels on the rooftop of the AUA.
Once I heard the news I was jumping for joy, since the position was in the sector of electrical engineering that I really wanted to gain experience in and have a career in. I was in Armenia for 4.5 months, from April to August. It was a life changing experience for me. I could literally write a book if I were to talk about all of my experiences, adventures and amazing encounters with the people of Armenia. Besides the work experience that I gained, I learned so much more about myself, it was like I was discovering my self for the first time. I owe all of this to Armenian Volunteer Corps, and to Birthright Armenia (Depi Hayq) organizations.
Thank you Thank you and Thank you :)

How can this program be improved?

I wouldn't change anything, but add to an already existing program within AVC. Once a month we would have a community project, where we would clean a small area somewhere in Armenia (either in the summits of Mt. Aragats, or a village, or somewhere within the city). For example one of the cleaning projects involved a lake shore area in a village, after cleaning the lake shore we installed a sign for the locals and the tourists to keep the sites clean, green and garbage free.
I would want to have this event every week. We were usually free on Sundays, and the volunteers usually explored the capital city, Yerevan. I'm sure that if we had this clean up project going on every Sunday we would have the volunteers join the group at least every other Sunday in a rotating schedule. We could even have local youth come out and help us out. There are many youth groups in Armenia, all wanting the same thing, the prosperity of their fatherland. By having them joining us, we would have more "man" power but also in this way we could interact with one another, and make new friends. It's win win :)

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Ric
Male
42 years old
Chicago
Boston College

Life Changing

10/10

The four months I spent volunteering in Yerevan changed the direction of my life. It opened up new doors and created new opportunities. It changed my perspective on life and what is important to me.

I volunteered with two different organizations. An after school group and an orphanage. Both positions offered more than I gave. I was able to maintain an ongoing relationship with both groups for over ten years.

Challenges. Remember to be patient. Listen first before you speak. It is a different culture.

Armenia offers many western conveniences and luxuries, but manages to be significantly cheaper. After spending multiple months in Yerevan, I have never had a safety/security issue.

How can this program be improved?

At times, AVC could be more timely and responsive.

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