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Host Family

Wherever you choose to volunteer, you’ll be welcomed into a warm Armenian family’s home filled with hospitality, love, laughter and a genuine curiosity of all the differences that make us who we are!

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Homestays with Armenian Families
2021

The experience of living with a host family will provide you with the opportunity to understand  and see the up close family life in Armenia. It's a unique chance to spend quality time with host siblings and parents at home or outside, sharing past experiences during tea, discussing the workday around dinner, or opening up about future hopes and aspirations during an evening stroll. Taste different food and see different culture.

In order to encourage such a unique experience, Birthright Armenia provides host family living arrangements. Each pre-screened family in Armenia provides the volunteer with a private bedroom, access to daily hot water/shower, breakfast each morning, and an inviting home.

Although we highly encourage and pay for most or all host family living expenses, obviously the choice is up to you. You may choose to arrange and pay for your own living accommodations while in Armenia.

Nathalie Kazandjian
Canada
Participant
Before I know it, I found myself longing for Armenia. I missed waking up every morning to hearing my host mother say “Parev parev garmir arev siroon jan”.
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Frequently Asked Questions

IS IT MANDATORY TO STAY WITH A HOST FAMILY? CAN I LIVE ELSEWHERE?
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WHY LIVE WITH A HOST FAMILY?
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DO MOST VOLUNTEERS STAY WITH HOMESTAYS?
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CAN I LIVE WITH A HOST FAMILY FOR ONLY PART OF MY TIME IN ARMENIA?
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST ME TO STAY WITH A HOST FAMILY?
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BESIDES THE BASIC EXPENSES, ARE THERE ADDITIONAL OR OPTIONAL COSTS TO BE PAID?
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IS IT SAFE TO STAY WITH A HOST FAMILY? HOW ARE FAMILIES CHOSEN?
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WHERE WILL MY HOUSE BE LOCATED? CAN I CHOOSE A HOUSE OR A LOCATION?
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I HAVE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS OR ALLERGIES. CAN I STAY WITH A HOST FAMILY?
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IS THERE ONE VOLUNTEER PER HOMESTAY?
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I DON’T SPEAK ANY ARMENIAN, CAN I STILL DO A HOMESTAY?
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CAN I BE PLACED IN A FAMILY THAT SPEAKS MY NATIVE LANGUAGE?
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WILL THERE BE INTERNET/WIFI AT MY HOUSE?
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WILL I RECEIVE A KEY TO MY HOST FAMILY HOUSE/APARTMENT?
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CAN I STAY OUT OF MY HOMESTAY FOR THE NIGHT?
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IS THERE A CURFEW TIME?
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CAN WE CONNECT WITH HOST FAMILIES PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ?
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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE GIFTS I CAN BRING TO MY FAMILY?
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IS MY HOST FAMILY NEW TO THE PROGRAM?
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CAN I STAY WITH A HOST FAMILY IN A VILLAGE FOR A FEW DAYS?
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