European Voluntary Service Opportunities in Armenia

Hosting organisations: The Republican Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, SOS Children’s Villages-Kotayk
Sending organisation: VSI – Ireland
Contact organisation: HUJ-Voluntary Service of Armenia
Venue: Yerevan, Armenia
Dates of Activity: January – February 2017 (to be defined)
Age of participants: 18-30 years old
Working language: English

The main aim of the projects is to work with children, to educate and train them. The volunteers will be involved in all programs and will be encouraged to propose their own ideas and suggestions.

Different educational games will be organized as well as physical training. The children can hear another language and learn about the volunteer’s culture which will be a great learning opportunity for them. There can also be organized a performance on different interesting topics, exhibitions or concerts. With the help of the volunteers they will be able to organize more workshops, in which the children according to their health can draw, sculpture, sing and dance.

Apart from working with the children, they will have the possibility to spend free time with them and to learn a lot about Armenia. This will enable them to better understand the nation and their culture, learn by seeing and doing.

For SOS Children’s Villages:

From time to time it is possible that the volunteer will have activities in SOS National Office in Yerevan, in 3 Youth facilities in Yerevan and will be having trips to village “Family Centers”, but not more than once a week or once in 2 week period.

The volunteer will participate in most activities with the children and have a variety of different tasks:

  • Participation in all arts workshops and to support the staff in organizing these activities (painting, sculpturing, handicrafts, etc.)
  • Establishment of social contact with individual children and their SOS mothers by chats and games.
  • Presentation of his country and culture to the children
  • Organization of recreational activities for the children
  • Playing with the children, social activities, group games etc., excursions and outdoor activities
  • Help in organizing a big exhibition of the art works of the children on different topics
  • Organisation of sport activities in the territory of the village

For The Republican Pediatric Rehabilitation Center:

The volunteer will participate in most activities with the children and have a variety of different tasks:

  • The volunteer will have the opportunity to participate in all arts workshops and to support the staff in organizing these activities (painting, sculpturing, handicrafts, etc.)
  • He/she will establish social contact with individual children and their parents by chats and games.
  • He/she will present his/her country and culture to the children
  • Maintenance of “Happy room” in the Center, organization of recreational activities for the children
    —playing with the children
    —social activities, group games etc.
    —excursions and outdoor activities
    —the volunteer will have the task to help organizing a big exhibition of the art works of the children on different topics
    —organizing sport activities in the territory of the center

Support and training will be provided by the staff of the organization and by the community. The volunteer will be invited to social events and will be supported in learning and practicing basic Armenian language, according to his/her wish.
The volunteer will play a big role in Host organization and will be actively involved in organizational group of preparing different events and free time activities.

The volunteer can continue the work which was done by previous EVS volunteers. Such as playing and teaching the kids in the “Happy Room” of the centre. It is a bright and colorful corner, where the kids and the volunteers are free to do what they desire. The room was created and colored by volunteers and the kids themselves.

For both volunteers support and training will be provided by the staff of the organization and by the community. The vounteers will be invited to social events and will be supported in learning and practicing basic Armenian language to be able to communicate more freely.

The volunteers will work 5 days per week (approx. 30 hours) and will have weekends off. They will have Armenian language lessons in a language centre during all their stay in Armenia.

During the project the volunteers will develop and improve the sense of responsibility and entrepreneurship, as in Hosting Organisations they are always independent in what they do, though never alone. It will be a good possibility to get acquainted with another culture, different from theirs, learn the language of the country and meet people with different backgrounds. All this will enable the volunteer to improve also their language skills and for some of them it will be a chance to teach their language to the locals.

If you are interested in these projects don’t hesitate to contact us:

E-mail: coord@evs.huj.am
Web: www.huj.am
Skype: huj-armenia
Tel.: +374 10 522 788, +374 10 522 701