ESC in Jerevan I (Armenië)


ESC in Jerevan I (Armenië)

Would you like to go to the edge of Europe, just under the beautiful caucuses mountains, for an unforgettable volunteering experience? Then you might be interested in getting more information about doing an ESC with APY, our partner from Armenia .

The Volunteering Program at the Armenian Progressive Youth NGO is meant to engage youngsters in the management of the organization and in the community life of Yerevan. The Volunteers donate their professional skills and services as well as benefit from the resources of the organization for their professional and personal growth. The Volunteers might be engaged in the activities of the PR and Communications Department due to their skills and experiences. Below you may find a short description on the activities of the PR and Communications Department as well as its working groups. PR and Communications Department: PR is vital for the success of not-profit organizations. APY is not an exception. Doing good job is not enough if you are unable to present it properly. Likewise, this is what the PR and Communications Department is responsible for. The Volunteers in this department work for APY visibility, managing the social media channels of the organization, organizing public presentations, meetings with students, promotional campaigns and events. This group deals with APY visual identity, improves APY’s presence on the net and supports the organization with designing its materials, publications and logos. The Department presents APY to the outer world and makes sure that APY’s followers, target groups, beneficiaries and supporters are up to date about its activities.

The PR and Communications Department includes six working groups entitled as following:

  • Content Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Technologies
  • Photography
  • Videography

The volunteers are free to choose one (or even more) of the above-mentioned working groups due to their interests, experiences, qualifications and skills. No volunteer needs to be master in any of the above-presented domains. The only and most important requirement is to be motivated and inspired to help, devote and support, by also aiming at growing as a person and as a professional.

Alles over dit project

Possible tasks

The range of the possible tasks for the volunteers may differ based on the volunteers’ choices of the Working Group. Below you may find a bunch of tasks specified for each working group.

Content Development Working Group:

  • Writing content for website pages and social media as well as scripts for presentations and videos
  • Writing marketing communications materials and planning content and writing for publications such as product brochures, leaflets, annual reports, newsletters and e-magazines
  • Develop strategic content goals in order to reach and win the target group’s attention
  • Analyse key performance indicators to determine content effectiveness

Social Media Marketing Working Group:

  • Managing and updating information and engaging with users on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Fostering community relations through events such as open days and through involvement in community initiatives
  • Commissioning surveys and contacting beneficiaries, volunteers and members of the organization to discuss their views and collect testimonies
  • Reviewing the online accounts and social media channels of the organization and preparing monthly reports to be submitted to the Head of PR and Communications Department.

Graphic Design Working Group:

  • Gathering information, updating the website and designing the logos,visuals and promotional materials of the organization
  • Designing visual content for informational packages and presentations for infor meetings and public presentations.

Information Technologies Working Group:

  • Maintenance e of the organization’s official website
  • Publishing articles on the website
  • Reviewing and developing the website’s accessibility and comfortableness for its users.

Photography Working Group:

  • Photographing the daily events and activities of the organization and its members
  • Editing the pictures taken by the local volunteer photographers
  • Initiating and implementing different photo stories to promote the ideas that organization cares about (i.e. human rights, active citizenship, etc.).

Videography Working Group:

  • Taking videos during the events and activities of the organization
  • Making short documentaries compressing the activities of the sessions, forums, trainings and other event organized by APY.

Volunteer Profile

Young persons from from 18 to 30 years who are interested to work with people with different backgrounds.

  • Willingness to learn Armenian
  • Interested in working with youngsters
  • Interested in culture/environment
  • Like to be creative
  • Able to take own initiative
  • Interested in Caucasus culture


Food and Accommodation

The volunteers will be provided with a one bedroom apartment. The apartment is fully furnished and has all the modern amenities (electricity, gas, internet connection, air conditioning, etc.). The apartment situates in the centre of Yerevan which makes the displacement around the city much easier. The apartment is in a 10 minute walking distance from the office of the organization, and it takes a 5 minute walk to the subway and the bus station on the main street. The apartment is close to a bunch of small food markets, supermarkets and pharmacies.

The volunteers will receive 70 euros as food allowance that is approximately 37, 000 AMD converting to Armenian drams (the currency in Armenia). At the same time, the volunteers will receive another 70 euros as pocket money for their extra expenses. In addition, they will receive 10 euros for the internal transportation. In total each volunteer will receive 150 (approximately 80, 000 AMD) euros for food, transportation and other expenses.

Local Transport

The volunteers will receive 10 euros (approximately 5000 AMD) for the transportation inside Yerevan. All means of the public transportation in Yerevan (except the taxis) cost a 100 AMD for a one-way transit.

Language support

The volunteers will be provided with Armenian language lessons during their volunteering period. They will have 3 Armenian language lessons weekly for a one-hour duration. The lessons are organized by our local volunteers specialized in linguistics and social sciences. In addition, the volunteers might get English language support in case they need or ask for it.

Working hours

The volunteers are expected to devote 30 hours of their time weekly (6 hours a day) in order to implement their tasks and responsibilities. Weekends are off days for the volunteers and no activities are planned for that days. Due to the projects’ particular schedules, the working hours for the volunteers might be changed. However, this will be communicated to the volunteers beforehand.

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.