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Lyudmila
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

YSIP 2018

My summer internship with AGBU was one I will always treasure. I was so impressed with the various options we were given for internships and how meaningful and purposeful they all were. I was lucky enough to work with YERAZ-an NGO that serves children with type 1 diabetes all over Armenia.
Every weekend was a new adventure with our group coordinators Arpi and Gayane and our diverse group of interns from all over the world. Gayane and Arpi made our group a cohesive family, we all loved and trusted each other thanks to their guidance and hilarious moments. My happiest moments were dancing and singing at restaurants after dinner, climbing Mount Aragats, going to dance lessons, exploring cathedrals, and walking through the streets of Yerevan.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing we did was have an interview session with the president of Armenia. I felt so inspired and overcome with pride and joy as we listened to him speak and answer students' questions. That is a memory I will always remember, and it never would've happened without the AGBU internship.
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Ani
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

Although I’ve traveled to Armenia previously, this was one of the best experiences I had. AGBU YSIP is an incredible and exciting program designed to offer professional growth and cultural enrichment for college-aged Armenians. The summer internship allows you to develop work experience while networking with seasoned professionals, all the whilst connecting with Armenians from the four corners of the world. There were always fun activities scheduled after work, bringing everyone together to learn more about our culture through language, dance and most importantly, food! During the weekends, there were trips organized to visit Armenia’s rural countryside, allowing me to see parts of it I had never traveled to before. The camaraderie of the group was great and this was one of my most fun trips to Armenia. I’d do it over again if I could! Overall 10/10 experience and I would highly recommend it!

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Gabrielle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Agbu YSIP

This program is amazing! It’s a super great opportunity for anyone looking to connect with the Armenian culture and Armenia! It’s best suited for those that have not been to Armenia already. AGBU is an amazing organization. Having already been to Armenia before and already having learned things I was being taught was ok but I’d recommend it to those that aren’t that involved in the Armenian community. The staff was great and I loved the friends I made. For sure the best part of this program was the friends I made and getting to just be in Armenia. The housing is good, the day trips are fun and essential places to go to on any Armenia trip! This program is nice because it gives young people the opportunity to help Armenia grow and in turn helps them grow because of the work experience they acquire. Basically, it’s a beautiful country, great program, amazing connections and fantastic memories!

What would you improve about this program?
Better Armenian teachers for the advanced course please!
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Kyle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Journey of a Lifetime

This experience that I partook in was undeniably one of the best experiences of my life. Being of Armenian descent I had always wanted to visit our ancestral homeland, however it was so much better then I could have imagined! During this program I was able to meet and connect with Armenians all over the world and formed friendships that would last a life time. We were placed into credible organizations that aligned with the careers we wanted to pursue and learned invaluable skills! The most exciting part of the program was going on excursions every weekend to different and historical parts of Armenia outside Yerevan! (Dilijan, Lake Sevag, Etchmiadzin, Garni, etc.) This trip granted me one of the single greatest experiences I have experienced so far!

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Andre
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience to Connect with Your Heritage

YSIP was an amazing experience for people of Armenian descent or those highly involved with the Armenian community to go to the homeland and do internships in varying fields. I did my internship at TUMO, helping children learn the basics of programming; however, the best part of this program was outside the internship. Yerevan is a very fun city with a lot of things to do downtown. There also are a lot of very nice restaurants and everything is cheap. The best part, however, is being able to connect with varying groups from the Armenian diaspora. During my year, there were people from Lebanon, Syria, Italy, France, and the US. It was great to connect with people from such different backgrounds who were all connected by their Armenian heritage. Overall, I had a great time and would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is even slightly interested.

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Joseph
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Growth in Mind, Body, and Spirit

AGBU's Yerevan Internship program was a chance for me to grow in various capacities. I was able to connect my Armenian heritage to the county, and also get experience working at a public accounting firm. The group was friendly, inclusive, and had strong motivation. I would recommend it for sure, because the internship was a chance to form friendships and gain international work experience. We stayed in a dormitory that was a taxi ride away from downtown, in shared rooms. On the weekends we always had trips to places such as Ejmiatsin, Geghard, Mt. Aragats, and even Artsakh. We saw so much of Armenia in those 8 weeks. The food was always delicious too ))) If you go, dont forget to try some boreg and Lahmajo. 10 out of 10 for the Yerevan Internship Program from AGBU!

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was when I was standing in church clothes on the sidewalk on a Sunday, waiting for a taxi. A black car sped up and threw a bucket of water at me, and shouted, "Happy Vardavar!" I didn't know what hit me, but found out later that that Sunday was called Vardavar, when Armenians throw water at each other and celebrate. We went downtown that day, and the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone was dancing in the fountain and dousing each other in water. It was a lot of fun, and thankfully, I was dressed more appropriately.
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Sarin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank You AGBU

There is no better opportunity than the one AGBU provides that allows you to live and work in the most dynamic city while making memories with new friends from all over the world. I have been involved with AGBU my entire life, but I had waited years to finally be able to participate in this program. After being accepted into the program, the excitement of living in New York City for 2 months began. I was paired up with an amazing boss who worked in real estate! I was given hands on opportunities to navigate the New York City real estate market. My boss made me feel comfortable and trusted. She trusted me to speak to clients and other professionals in the industry. I was listening in on imports calls and meetings . My favorite part was going alongside her to meet real estate developers to see all the new developments being built in the city. Besides having a great experience at work, you make a new family. No matter where you come from, you always have this special everlasting bond. I even flew out and visited a few of my friends across country. The events and professional panels held prepare you for the future in your chosen industry where you are given helpful tips and ability to ask questions. The AGBU internship was the best summer of my life and I urge everyone to apply. You will work in the best city, with some of the best people you meet, and be part of the AGBU family.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
One advice that I would give to future participants is to enjoy every moment. Knock on your next door neighbors door, hang out with them, & get to know them...you never know they might end up being your best-friends!
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Christina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The BEST Summer of my College Career!

The AGBU New York Summer Internship is a once in a lifetime experience that I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in. By securing a professional internship in your field of choice and being paired with a mentor that is also working in your field, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience, build connections, and learn more about the career you want to pursue post graduation. Having the opportunity to work at a boutique law firm on Wall Street where I worked side by side with attorneys, allowed me to gain skills and knowledge that most people don’t have access to until they are actually in law school. Additionally, this program attracts top performing undergraduate Armenian students from all over the world and having the opportunity to befriend such amazing individuals and explore New York City with them was absolutely incredible. During this program you will make friends that will last a lifetime and I’ve actually already traveled across the country twice to visit some of my friends from my internship last summer, and one has already come to visit me in LA! Another wonderful perk of this internship opportunity is that AGBU organizes not only professional but also cultural and social events for interns to take part in. We were invited to attend professional networking events and career path exploration panels that were both informative and inspiring. We met with leaders of the Armenian community and Armenian Church and learned Armenian dancing and how to cook some traditional Armenian dishes. Lastly, there was never a dull moment during our 8 week program because there were always fun social events that were scheduled for us to attend such as seeing shows on broadway, baseball games, or fun at someone’s beach house! If you are interested in an opportunity to grow professionally, culturally, and socially in one of the most iconic cities in the world, I highly recommend applying to the New York Summer Internship Program— you won’t regret it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t wast one second on this trip, 8 weeks will fly by and by the end, you’ll be wishing you had more time with the most incredible people, at the best internship, in the best city in America!
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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a lifetime, eye-opening experience!

The AGBU Musical Armenia Program opened my eyes to Armenia's incredible people, landscapes, culture and music. This was my first time visiting Yerevan, and all I can say it was too short! I can't believe all the things there are to see and do, and the amazing opportunities, which MAP gave me a taste of, there are for professional musicians.

I spent three weeks at the AGBU dorms with other Armenian diaspora and non-Armenian youth participating in AGBU's various summer programs. The rooms were clean and spacious, had AC, same-day laundry service, breakfast, wifi... anything you'd need. I worked and studied with some of the best musicians Armenia has to offer, attended lectures on the history of Armenian music (the lectures included a simultaneous translator for those of us who don't speak Armenian or Russian!), got to perform and jam with the local musicians, and of course all the cultural tourism! We got to visit so many museums, attend numerous concerts and take day trips. Gyumri was definitely a highlight!

I would recommend this program to anyone who has a passion for music and is interested in deepening their knowledge on Armenian music and culture - whether you're Armenian or not!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The food in Armenia is delicious. I will say that it's not the most 'unfamiliar', but rather all the familiar Armenian dishes I knew really did taste so much better in Armenia! The mante, lahmajun, the bread. However, I had never had sturgeon before, and when we went to Gyumri for the day, we had the freshest, most delicious sturgeon...