AGBU - Discover Armenia Summer Program

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AGBU Discover Armenia Program is a unique opportunity for Armenian youth from the diaspora to reconnect with their ancestral homeland during a three-week adventure including visits to ancient Armenian monuments, cultural events, as well as humanitarian and community service activities.

This educational tour for 15-18-year-olds instills pride in Armenian youth and appreciation for their rich heritage and the wonders of Armenia and Artsakh. The young participants benefit from a well-rounded program that goes beyond sightseeing and gives them a chance to engage in community service projects ranging from construction to working with children and the elderly. Collaborating on such assignments with peers from all over the world allows participants to create a stronger bond with their motherland and with one another.

Highlights
  • Tours: Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, Khor Virap, the Matenadaran Museum of Ancient Armenian Manuscripts, the medieval monastic complex of Gandzasar and more!
  • Community Service: Whether it is building homes for disadvantaged families, visiting local orphanages or serving hot meals at the AGBU Senior Centers, the participants develop a deep sense of engagement with the country.
  • Day Trips: Garni, Geghard, Sardarapat, Noravank, Mount Aragats, Lake Sevan, as well as a visit to the ruins of Ani, and more!

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Thomas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

FIRST TIME IN ARMENIA WITH DA

My name is Thomas, and I traveled for the first time to Armenia with the summer program of AGBU-DiscoverArmenia in 2017.

From traditional dance class, to a 3 days road trip to arshtak, we climbed aragats, visited Etchiadzine, in brief this program is truly worth in terms of activities and discovering Armenia. Everyone interested in their Armenian origins should not hesitate to get involved in the program, from art to history with loads of sport everyone is served.

The program also taught us community life, (might sounds cheesy but at the end of the day this is exactly what the diaspora needs). Not only we had the opportunity to give a little of our time for humanitarian work, but being surrounded by people from different countries was also a way to understand the power of diaspora. It was amazing to see that people from total different backgrounds (some of us from Europe, some others from north-America, Lebanon, Venezuela) were actually sharing Armenia and its culture in common. I mean some of us spoke only french, some others only english but at the end of the day we all knew what Lamajhoun or Gata and even Tata Simonyan was.

If you hesitate because you feel uncomfortable, please don’t. It’s an amazing opportunity to go out of your confort zone. You will make friends, everyone is there to have good time.
And you will return home completely in love with what you just experienced.

And by the way if you don’t know Migna before the trip...trust me this is about to change. And shoutout to Aren for giving me your second Lamajhoun this is true friendship

Have fun!!!!!!!!

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Lilit
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience through AGBU Discover Armenia

I was very nervous at first to come on this trip because I didn't really know anyone. I'am so happy I went because I made new friends from around the world which is very unique and special. I still keep in contact with my new friends and miss them a lot. During the program some of my favorite things that we did as a group was going to Datev, climbing Mt.Aragats, learning new Armenian dances and volunteering with The Fuller Center for Housing Armenia, as well as The Armenian Tree Project. It was really amazing how we did so much during our time in Armenia. After leaving the program I was so sad to leave Armenia and my new friends. I loved learning new things about the Armenia culture and wanted to thank AGBU Discover Armenia for a wonderful experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To live in the moment because the trip goes so fast
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