We understand that volunteering in Armenia can be an inspiring yet sometimes expensive proposition. Our travel reimbursement policy is in place to help offset the financial costs of long-term volunteerism in the Homeland, and get you on your way to Armenia.
To be eligible under the Birthright Armenia travel reimbursement policy, the applicant must meet all of the following additional criteria:
9-14 weeks for a 50% travel reimbursement: Participants who complete 9-14 weeks of volunteer service in Armenia will be reimbursed 50% of the agreed travel cost.
14+ week minimum for a 100% travel reimbursement: Participants who complete 14+ weeks of volunteer service in Armenia will be reimbursed 100% of the agreed travel cost.
Summer Months: In the summer months of June, July, and August, participants must complete their volunteer service outside Yerevan if they wish to be eligible under our travel reimbursement policy. If a participant is staying long term and volunteers an additional 14 weeks outside of these summer months (spring or fall), he/she may opt to stay in Yerevan even during the summer.
Birthright Lite: Participants who are 25 and older, have a full-time job can volunteer for 4 weeks. These participants are not eligible under the Birthright Armenia Travel reimbursement policy.
One-time participation per person: There is only one-time participation per person, with or without a travel reimbursement. Repeat participation is not allowed.
Early arrivers: Participants who are already in-country when accepted into the program will be eligible for only half the applicable airfare.
Other requirements: All participants must attend a minimum of 50% of the forums, and a minimum of 50% of the havaks, acquire basic conversational fluency in Armenian, perform a minimum of 30 hours of volunteerism per week, and prepare a 2-page Continuing Involvement Proposal on how they plan to stay engaged in Armenian activities post volunteerism.
After the 18th week of participation, Birthright Armenia starts paying volunteers a monthly allowance to help cover basic living expenses. The monthly stipends start at 20,000 AMD and increase by 10,000 AMD every month for a maximum of five months of payment.