EducationUSA Fair 2017

EducationUSA Armenia and American Councils Armenia invite you to attend the traditional EducationUSA Fair 2017 which will be held on October 26, from 4:00-6:30 pm.
The EducationUSA Fair will provide you with innumerable opportunities to talk with representatives from U.S. colleges and universities that are actively seeking students just like you. For many of you who cannot visit the colleges you are interested in, this is your chance to learn first-hand about the particular schools, and for the representatives to meet and learn a bit about you!
On October 26th EducationUSA Armenia will host the official representatives from the following U.S. institutions:
Central Penn College
New York University
San Diego State University Georgia
South Seattle College
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Upper Iowa University

The online registration is required If you plan to attend the EducationUSA Fair 2017 on October 26. Please register herehttps://educationusafair2017.eventbrite.com/.

JOB OPPORTUNITY at American Councils

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POSITION TITLE: Administrative and Logistics Assistant

LOCATION: Yerevan, Armenia
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Administrative and Logistics Assistant is responsible for supporting all American Councils programs.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 
• Providing administrative and logistical support to all programs, assisting office staff in everyday routine work as well as the organization of special events such as workshops, trainings, seminars, etc.
• Answering the telephone, transferring calls, and maintaining telephone directories.
• Representing American Councils’ programs and services.
• Receiving and registering visitors and guests.
• Maintaining American Councils website in accordance with information provided by program staff and Country Director.
• Photocopying and collating. Preparing, sending/receiving letters, and e-mails.
• Ordering taxis and managing taxi service records.
• Ordering and supervising the delivery of office supplies.
• Picking up and delivering packages, mailings, bills, etc.
• Translating internal documents, letters, and other materials upon request.
• Supervising volunteer workers and interns as necessary.
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-Time, Undetermined Term
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
• Proficiency in spoken and written English.
• Typing and filing skills.
• Familiarity with Microsoft Office software suite.
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to identify potential problems and propose solutions.

OPENING DATE: October 9
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 27
START DATE: December 1, 2017
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: 
Applicants should submit the following documents:
 Cover letter detailing 1) examples of administrative or logistical issues that you successfully solved, 2) why you would like to work with American Councils, and 3) describe your ideal work environment. 
 Current resume
 3 references (including name, current contact information, and relationship)

INCOMPLETE and LATE applications will NOT be reviewed.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to hr@americancuncils.am
Paper applications, CVs, resumes or other documents will not be accepted.

Professional Fellows Program (PFP) Competition for Spring 2018 Announced

14711664_1548524368506740_8626698019964170271_oAmerican Councils is pleased to announce the open competition for the spring 2018 Professional Fellows Program (PFP), a short-term professional development exchange in the United States. The 2017 online application for Armenia is open now.

Eligible candidates must submit the online application by November 13, 2017. For more information click here.

Armenia: Internship and Cultural Immersion Destination

DSC03755Every year, American Councils office in Yerevan hosts students from Lehigh University for professional internships. In 2017, Nick Razewski, a student in his third year, was visiting Armenia for a summer internship at the Eurasia Partnership Foundation Armenia (EPF) as part of his study abroad program. We share his article about the diverse impressions and experiences he had during the time in Armenia below.

“Interning at Eurasia Partnership Foundation in Yerevan provided me with amazing opportunities to meet and work alongside their staff, see how their office operates, and engage in and learn about their programs. I got to read and hear about their programs in all corners of their broad areas of expertise, from cross-border programs to youth empowerment and entrepreneurship, as well as help work on many different important aspects of how the organization operates. Collecting data and helping design graphics to present information, researching fundraising opportunities from potential donors across the globe, and attending events and meeting visitors and guests at the office made my internship at EPF an educational and exciting experience.” 

Apart from undertaking his internship at EPF Armenia, Nick found time for volunteering at one of the local NGOs too: “I also had the opportunity to volunteer with a program at Article 3 Human Rights Club, to help start a program called “English Club”, where people could come twice a week and join us for English discussions on human rights related topics, while having a chance to practice their English speaking skills. Topics such as freedom of expression and discrimination were discussed, and the young people attending were encouraged to speak freely and debate with each other, myself and another American volunteer, and the Article 3 volunteers and staff. Through the club I was able to interact with a large group of Armenians ranging from high school students to graduate students, and hear their opinions and perceptions of the United States and Armenia, as well as make friends and see a different side of Armenia by engaging with the people who attended.”

Interns are not only involved in academic activities, but have free time to explore the country and visit rich cultural sights: “In addition to the internship, the cultural immersion was one of the most valuable experiences I have ever had as well. Learning about the differences from the United States, improving my cross-cultural communication skills, and broadening my global perspective served to help steer my own educational and career interests. The apprehension for the challenge of being alone in a place I had never been, didn’t know where anything was, and did not know anyone was replaced by excitement for unknown opportunities and an urge for discovery and new experiences.

 

I learned more about my own capabilities and expanded my own skills and overcame many worries or fears about being alone in a foreign country. The time abroad helped to improve me as a student, a future professional, and a person. 

Nick, like all the previous interns, was staying with a local host family to help smooth the integration process. The advantage of staying with a host family is it provides the intern with a very unique experience: “Staying with a host family was one of the greatest opportunities that is unparalleled by staying in a dorm or apartment with other students. It was an adventure that provided me with a look into the lives of real Armenians and understand more about Armenia than I would have under any other circumstances. The life skills that the experience provided me with will open new opportunities at Lehigh and in the rest of my life. The two months I was in Armenia were unforgettable and unique.”

If you are interested in for-credit internship opportunities in Armenia, visit: http://www.acstudyabroad.org/opit/

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”

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN ARMENIA: A DIFFERENT KIND OF STUDY ABROAD

For the second year, American Councils Armenia hosted a group of students from Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC) to explore the natural beauty and burgeoning ecotourism industry in Armenia.

The students, who are majoring in outdoor leadership at Warren Wilson, study a combination of wildlife, outdoor adventure, and teambuilding dynamics. The group visited Armenia to further develop their outdoor adventure planning and leadership skills in the context of a new culture and environment. With its mountainous landscapes, hiking trails, and rich biodiversity, Armenia does not disappoint. 

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During the program, the group visited the Urtsadzor Reserve, which introduced them to projects implemented throughout the Reserve, including its wildlife rescue center. Later, the group visited the nursery of the Armenian Tree Project, which works to plant trees in urban and rural sites and to educate the public about environmental issues and sustainable development.

The group also hiked with and learned about initiatives from ARK Armenia, a nonprofit NGO based in Kapan, the Syunik region of southern Armenia, dedicated to promoting sustainable development and implementing solutions that provide social, economic, and environmental benefits to the region. During their time together, the group also took in a lecture on “Leave No Trace” principles for local youth in Kapan.

A true highlight of the trip was hiking Mt. Aragats, Armenia’s highest mountain. There, the group not only admired the panoramic views afforded by Mt. Aragats, but took on intensive problem solving scenarios based on actual outdoor leadership trips.

Finally, Armenia’s Ministry of Environmental Protection held an informative session for the group, presenting details on the reserves under the control of the Ministry. The Ministry presented the functions of the RA Ministry of Nature Protection as well as the perspectives of ecotourism development in Armenia, closing the session with an open discussion on existing problems the country and industry at large faces in ecotourism and environmental protection.

Overnight stays with Armenian host families, allowed students to connect with locals and experience Armenian culture, people, environments, and history directly. Apart from exploring the country’s landscapes and hiking trails, the students volunteered to help people better prepare to host future backpackers as Armenia’s ecotourism industry builds. Together with host families, the group enjoyed cultural activities, master classes in making lavash and gata, crafts, wood carving, and dancing. 

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