Professional Fellows Program (PFP) Competition for Fall 2018 Announced

American Councils is pleasePhoto AD for Website1d to announce the open competition for the spring 2018 Professional Fellows Program (PFP), a short-term professional development exchange in the United States. The 2018 online application for Armenia is open now. Eligible candidates must submit the online application by March 30, 2018. For more information click here

2018 US Intern Abroad Armenia Scholarship

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American Councils is pleased to announce a new scholarship for internships in Armenia, made possible by funding through the U.S. Department of State via the U.S. Study Abroad Grant. This scholarship offers U.S. undergraduate and graduate students exposure to the global workplace through six-week summer 2018 internships in Armenia. Students gain valuable insight and experience into Armenian businesses and industries while developing professional and intercultural skills demanded by today’s market. Internships are conducted in English, with placements available in IT, agribusiness, marketing, renewable energy, civil society, and other sectors.

You can find details about specific internship positions already identified and confirmed for Summer 2018 here.

US Intern Abroad Armenia Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, program compatibility, and academic merit; awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.

To be eligible for U.S. Intern Abroad Armenia funding, applicants must:

  *   Apply to the American Councils Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program in Armenia;
  *   Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  *   Be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a higher education institution;
  *   Meet the desired qualifications of the internship host.

The application deadline is February 15th, 2018.

Apply today!

A Part of Heaven

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When FLEX students return back to Armenia, we are always happy and excited to see how they help their community through the skills developed during the FLEX program.

Anush Petrosyan turned her house in one of the most picturesque places of Armenia, Dilijan, into a wonderful B&B, “Nushka’s Place” thus developing tourism in her small town.

“The idea of starting “Nushka’s Place” came to me very unexpectedly and the role of FLEX is undeniable, as it is in every period of my life. FLEX gave me essential skills, such as communication skills, confidence, problem solving and most importantly networking. In reality, the last skill that I mentioned became the beginning of “Nushka’s Place”, while the others skills have nurtured and embellished the idea.  

I stayed in a hostel with the TOT (Training of Trainers) team of FLEX Pre-Departure Orientation 2017, as we were supposed to travel to Kiev early in the morning. In the middle of the night Norayr, a FLEX alumnus, who worked at the hostel, suddenly advised me to make a B&B from my house in Dilijan. Since my family had moved to Yerevan and no one lived in our house, I thought “why not?” .

 At first the idea seemed very vague and dreamy. I had an imaginary plan in my mind, which later faded away leaving me with the clear goal of turning our house into a B&B. I knew that the beginning would be difficult, but I also knew that hard work always pays off. The preparatory period appeared to be endless, but as I took care of the place, each corner became more friendly and welcoming. I turned our family house into a cozy place, where everyone can feel home, get as much pleasure from Dilijan as possible and merge into this wonderful nature.

Today I successfully host people from different corners of the world, but I know that there are so many things that I need to develop and so many ways that I can take for that development. While I think of fixing minor problems, my guests encourage me, calling the place “A Part of Heaven.” I am pleased to meet so many people, showing them my hometown and getting different perspectives about life. I am satisfied with the job I am doing and I hope that my guests get as much satisfaction from staying at “Nushka’s Place” as I do from having them around.

 I am also very happy that more and more people get to know that there is such a wonderful town in the world”