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Birthright Armenia maintains an extensive, current database of potential job placements for volunteers within Yerevan and the regions. These placements include positions in non-profit and international organizations, as well as in the private business sector and state institutions. We offer volunteer and internship positions in a wide variety of fields, a small sampling listed below to give you an idea of some possibilities. Actual job placements get filled on a first come first served basis, and take into consideration a volunteer’s previous experience, qualifications/skill set, and of course the current needs of the job site at any given time. Click here to learn more about specific volunteer and internship sites not only in Yerevan, but also in other cities where we have a fully-supported program.
We usually start the jobsite placement process after we receive the volunteer’s itinerary. On case by case basis, we may send the volunteer preliminary jobsite options, before the ticket is purchased.
Our internships are designed for different stages of your education and careers. We match the interests and skills of the volunteer and the needs of local organizations to find an enjoyable and rewarding job placement experience.
We can contact the organization, where you would like to volunteer, to assess their needs and make a decision whether your skills and knowledge would be useful in the given organization.
Your Birthright Armenia application will give us guidance as to what type of internship/volunteerism you wish to carry out while in Armenia. Furthermore, the application interview will give each applicant an opportunity to discuss individual interests and hear about the available options in Armenia. Accepted applicants, who have finalized and purchased itineraries, will be contacted by our staff 1-2 months prior to their arrival date, to receive various volunteerism options and plan collaboratively the final volunteer worksites.
Yes, you can have multiple placements at a time.
You must complete a minimum of nine weeks (30 hours per week) of volunteer work at your place of internship, and periodically participate in joint community service projects. Travel reimbursement eligibility can be found here.
Knowledge of Armenian is not a must, but is taken into consideration when choosing your internship placement.
Yes, absolutely, and they are encouraged to do so. In the city of Gyumri, we offer a fully-supported, year-round program to our participants, and a fully-supported Vanadzor program from May till October. Besides these options, we also support our longer term volunteers with jobsite and homestay arrangements across the country.
Volunteers are not allowed to earn money while in the program. However, volunteers, who face financial difficulties can apply and be granted a permission to work outside of volunteering hours. They are responsible for finding their own paid job.
Language knowledge, relevant job skills, interpersonal relations are all important factors like at any jobsite, and volunteers are expected to be pro-active and initiative takers in order to increase jobsite satisfaction. Staff makes quick adjustments in case of issues.
Our Pathway to Armenia program is intended to provide leads, guidance and networking, plus other benefits. But you’ll need to put in a serious effort as well.
Yes, we’re flexible in terms of adjustments and long term volunteers can have different phases.