Our Story

Birthright Armenia was founded in 2003 by Edele Hovnanian with the belief that it is every Armenian's birthright to not only see Armenia, but also experience their homeland via an enriching, hands-on, life-changing experience. Right from the start we believed that an immersion program in Armenia with volunteer service at its core, especially one that encourages longer-term stays, would foster a greater sense of commitment to things Armenians and result in inspired and well-prepared young people to lead the next generation. Our alums are leaders with a deeper spiritual, cultural and intellectual understanding and appreciation of the Armenian people, its history, the importance of language, and with a true desire to focus on our collective future.

Our mission is to strengthen ties between the homeland and Diasporan youth, by affording them an opportunity to be a part of Armenia's daily life and to contribute to Armenia's development through work, study and volunteer experiences, while developing life-long personal ties and a renewed sense of Armenian identity.

Birthright Armenia envisions:

  • A significant percentage of Diasporan youth having personal ties to Armenia, a better understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and political issues and needs there, and globally participating in Armenia's development.
  • Energized and inspired Armenian homeland youth, committed to remaining in Armenia, as a result of a better understanding of their critical role in nation building and a stronger connection to their Diasporan counterparts.
  • The development of future leaders of the Diaspora with a better understanding of and strong ties with the homeland, promoting the importance of participation in Armenia's development within their local communities worldwide. 
Our Team

Edele Hovnanian





Linda Yepoyan

Executive Director



Sevan Kabakian

Country Director



Gohar Khachatryan

Program Coordinator



Administrative Specialist


Hayk Vardanyan

Operations Specialist


Hasmik Hayrapetyan

Director of Marketing


Nina Baghdasaryan

Digital Marketing Specialist


Ruzanna Sargsyan

Jobsite Placement Specialist


Lusine Avanesyan

Jobsite Placement Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator


Ani Nina Oganyan

Alumni Coordinator


Sona Harutyunyan

Gyumri Program Coordinator


Advisory Committee

Michael Aram, USA
Fr. Mesrop Aramyan, Armenia
Dr. Aram V. Chobanian, USA
Atom Egoyan, Canada
John Marshall Evans, USA
Mark Geragos, USA
Dr. Vartan Gregorian, USA
Arsinée Khanjian, Canada
Vartan Oskanian, Armenia
William Parsons, USA 
Patrick Sarkissian, USA
Sam Simonian, USA 
Serj Tankian, USA
Bedros Terzian, France
Ralph Yirikian, Armenia

Contact Us

Say Hello


Our Offices

37 Hanrapetutyan St.
(entrance on Melik-Adamyan Street)
0010 Yerevan, Armenia
T: +37410-540-037 
E: info@birthrightarmenia.am
Skype: birthright.armenia

333 E. Lancaster Ave #330
Wynnewood, PA 19096-9981
T: 1-610-642-6633 
E: info@birthrightarmenia.org