ESC in Jerevan II (Armenië)


ESC in Jerevan II (Armenië)

From camping in a forest or near a lake to climbing snow covered mountains and observing
the land from above the clouds, all of this if possible in the beautiful country of Armenia. Are you curious about it? If so, our partner HUJ has many diverse ESC opportunities that are waiting for you there.

The essential aim of the organization is to raise the social competences and employability of the youth by organizing activities for national and foreign volunteers in various programs in Armenia (workcamps, training courses, medium and long-term volunteering projects) as well as facilitating the participation of local and national volunteers in similar projects abroad. Another important goal of the organization is to take care of orphans, children with special needs and socially indigent people by organizing activities for them and making them more visible for local, national and international communities.

To do so, HUJ is closely collaborating with 15 Armenian partners that regularly host local and ESC volunteers:

The Botanical garden (environmental activities)
Rehabilitation Centre (organization of activities for kids with different chronic diseases and conditions)
National Gallery of Armenia (promotion of Armenian culture through guided tours, thematic interactive and educational programs for children, punctual events at the National Gallery…)
History Museum of Armenia (contact with the visitors, organization of special events at the Museum, creation of specific programs for children…)
“Zatik” Child support center (organization of activities for socially disadvantaged children between 5 and 15 – leisure time, informal language lessons, homework, creative activities…)
HUJ- office (promotion of volunteering life; participation in workshops and talks in schools on various topics such as intercultural dialogue; organization of international voluntary work camps…)
Muracan Hospital complex (visiting children at the hospital, helping the staff members organize charitable events, activities and games for the children…)
14 School for children with visual impairments (organize activities for children with visual disabilities. Help them participate in diverse art workshops and support the staff in organizing these activities -painting, sculpturing, handicrafts, etc.)
Diaconia (wide variety of tasks connected to helping socially vulnerable families: distribution of food and other supplies, organization of cultural development programs for children, renovation of the Development Center for Children, organization of recreational activities for children with disabilities…)
– Arabkir Medical Center (help the children of the medical center participate in all art workshops and support the staff in organizing these activities -painting, sculpturing, handicrafts, etc-, teach foreign languages, organize excursions, outdoor activities, sport activities and thematic meetings…)
– World Wide Fund for Nature Armenia (environmental activities such as assisting in biodiversity monitoring, data coordination and analysis, assisting in eco-trail mapping and management…)


For more information about the organization and the volunteering conditions, you can have a look at the General Booklet of HUJ.


Information about ESC vacancies:

The Botanical Garden: from June 2023
The Rehabilitation Center: from September 2023
National Gallery of Armenia: from February 2023
History Museum of Armenia: from May 2023
Zatik Child Support Center: from April 2023
HUJ office: from May 2023
Muracan hospital complex: from January 2023
14 school: from September 2023
Diaconia Charitable foundation: from April 2023
Arabkir Medical Center: from March 2023
WWF office: from January/February 2023


For more information about the ESC vacancies, you can have a look at the website of HUJ.

Alles over dit project

Possible tasks

For all the details about the tasks of the volunteers in each hosting organization, have a look at THIS DOCUMENT.

Volunteer Profile

Being between 18 and 30.
main criterion of selection is the volunteer’s
motivation and interest in the field of their project (environment, child care, art…).
Most of the projects require good communication skills in English.

For more detailed information about the profile of the volunteer for each project, see THIS DOCUMENT.

IMPORTANT: The citizens of European Union benefit from visa-free entrance to the Republic of Armenia. For a long-term stay (exceeding 180 days), the foreign citizens are entitled to get a Residence Permit. This procedure is fully done by HUJ in Armenia.


Food and Accommodation

Food: The volunteers receive a certain amount of money for food on a monthly basis. They can decide themselves what, when and where to eat. There are lots of shops, food stands, cafés and restaurants available all over the city.

Accommodation: The volunteer will be living in a hostel or dormitory of the Linguistic University with other volunteers (2 people per room). The two places are very close to the city center with the various ways of getting around the city. Each volunteer is provided with the kitchen supplies (plates, pans, glasses, tableware…). To address the safety and protection of the volunteers, the Hosting Organization made sure that the guest house is situated in the safest quarter of the city.

Local Transport

At the beginning of every month the volunteers receive a monthly allowance consisting of:

– Pocket money (a.k.a. Volunteer’s allowance)
– Money for food
– Money to pay local transport

The transport in Yerevan consists of buses, minibuses (so-called“marshrutka”-s), trolleybuses and metro. The price of one trip is 100 AMD (50 AMD in trolleybus). Taxis are not very expensive neither in Armenia. Shared e-scooters and bikes are becoming more popular, although there are no special roads for them.

Language support

The volunteers get the chance to learn Armenian by attending Armenian language courses at the Special Language Centre twice per week. The lessons are provided by an English-speaking teacher.

Working hours

The volunteers work 5 days per week and have most of their week-ends free. Additionally, the volunteers get 2 holiday days for each month of their Service.

Waarom kiezen voor Eastpackers?

  • Eastpackers begeleidt Nederlandse jongeren kosteloos bij het vinden van een EU gefinancierd vrijwilligerswerkproject.

  • Ervaren mentoren die altijd voor je klaar staan.

  • Wij zijn flexibel: geen vaste deadlines, geen onzekerheid

  • Laag inschrijfgeld dat je terugkrijgt na je EVS project


Waar kom ik precies terecht?

Yerevan is the capital and the largest city of Armenia, as well as one of the oldest cities in the world that has been continuously inhabited. Yerevan is the administrative, cultural and industrial center of the country. The total area of ​​the city is 223 square kilometers. More than one million inhabitants live there.

Yerevan hosts a large number of museums, art galleries and libraries. Moreover, the city hosts many public celebrations that are very popular amongst both locals and tourists. Vardavar is, for example, the most celebrated festival amongst Armenians. During the festival, people from a wide range of ages are allowed to immerse strangers into water.

Armenia is also amongst the top 10 safest countries where you can safely wander around alone at night and go home safely. Public transport, including the underground metro, operates from 6 am to 11 am. Last but not least, Armenia is known for being one of the cheapest countries when it comes to taxi rides.

Ik ben al 30. Kan ik me nog opgeven?

Ja. Je kunt je inschrijven voor ESC zolang je nog 30 bent op de dag dat je ESC project begint.

Wat zijn de addertjes onder het gras?

Dit project (onderdeel van de European Solidarity Corps, ESC) wordt geheel gefinancierd vanuit het Erasmus+ programma van de Europese Unie. Dit programma is bedoeld om uitwisseling tussen Europese jongeren en hun culturen te stimuleren. Eastpackers is één van de Nederlandse organisaties die bemiddelt tussen Nederlandse jongeren en buitenlandse organisaties die vrijwilligers ontvangen. Onze werkzaamheden worden ook door de EU gefinancierd. Deelnemers betalen hier niets voor.
Er zijn wel een aantal voorwaarden verbonden aan deelname aan dit project. Je moet tussen de 18 en 30 jaar oud zijn, minimaal 6 en liefst 9 maanden beschikbaar zijn (voor andere projecten is dit soms anders) en gemotiveerd zijn om full-time vrijwilligerswerk te doen. 

Hoe kan ik beoordelen of dit project iets voor me is?

Het is kenmerkend voor ESC projecten dat het werk en de werkomgeving soms anders uitvallen dan van te voren gedacht. Een flexibele instelling is noodzakelijk om van ESC de leerervaring te maken die het kan zijn. Wanneer je het moeilijk hebt, heimwee ervaart of onvoldoende uitdaging hebt, helpen wij je om de situatie te verbeteren. Je bent en blijft te allen tijden vrijwilliger. Wij kunnen je dus niet dwingen om tegen je zin te blijven. Bedenk wel dat je slechts één keer in je leven ESC kunt doen. Als je jouw project voortijdig beëindigt, kun je geen ander project gaan doen.

Wat krijg ik allemaal vergoed?

Alle reis,- en verblijfkosten (plus je eventuele visa) zijn inbegrepen. Daarnaast krijg je eten en drinken of een vergoeding om dit zelf te kopen. Daarnaast krijg je nog zakgeld die door Eastpackers maandelijks wordt overgemaakt. Verder krijg je een aanvullende zorgverzekering een online taal cursus voor EU landen en taallessen voor landen buiten de EU. Bovendien krijg je een trainingen aangeboden waar je leert het meeste uit je ESC te halen. Deze zijn in Nederland en in het land waar jouw gastorganisatie gevestigd is.

Hoe is de huisvesting geregeld?

Elke gastorganisatie regelt huisvesting op een andere manier. De meest gangbare vorm van huisvesting is dat meerdere ESC-vrijwilligers samen in een appartement worden gehuisvest. Vrijwilligers delen de keuken en badkamer en hebben elk een eigen slaapkamer. Er zijn echter ook landen en projecten waarbij twee vrijwilligers een kamer delen. Als je dit niet wilt, is het belangrijk om van te voren met de gastorganisatie goed door te spreken hoe de huisvesting is geregeld.

Ik ben vegetariër. Wordt er rekening gehouden met mijn eetwensen?

In bijna alle ESC projecten kun je zelf maaltijden kopen en bereiden. Hiervoor krijg je een maandelijkse toelage.