Europe and Central Asia featured program: Armenia
The Republic of Armenia borders Georgia and Azerbaijan in the north and east, and borders Turkey and Iran in the west and south. The population is 3.2 million.
The average elevation is 1,800 meters above sea level, with its highest peak on Mount Aragats (4,090 meters) and the lowest altitude the ravine of the river Debet (380 meters). The climate is dry and continental. The average temperature in winter is -10 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius in the summer.
Yerevan is the largest city and capital of Armenia. Nestled on the Ararat Plain along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is a leading industrial, cultural and scientific center in the Caucasus region.
Armenia experienced sustained economic growth in the last decade, but economic vulnerabilities and the global economic crisis caused the local economy to severely contract.
Banks do not have flexible programs for housing and only offer loans with high interest rates. Private ownership is not affordable for low- and middle-income families and there are no mortgages given at subsidized interest rates.
Habitat for Humanity Armenia is working to meet the needs of low-income families living in inadequate housing.
Habitat for Humanity Armenia tackles poverty housing through a variety of efforts, including the construction of affordable, efficient houses; the completion of half-built homes; implementation of water and sanitation facilities; advocacy for improved housing policies for low-income families; engagement of volunteers and other like-minded partners; and more. Habitat for Humanity Armenia has helped nearly 400 families thus far.
Learn more at habitat.am.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers mostly help with home renovation construction duties, such as plastering, painting, floor finishing, etc.
Ijevan (Tavush Region)
Participants will arrive via international flight to Yerevan and Habitat staff will drive team members to the host site.
The teams will be accommodated in Yerevan or Ijevan. Hotels are simple and basic. Teams stay in double-occupancy rooms that include a private bathroom.
Breakfast: Served at the hotel.
Lunch: Served on the work site.
Dinner: Served at local restaurants at the host site.
Water: Purified, bottled water and bottled juices will be provided throughout the day.
Hosting structure services
Habitat for Humanity Armenia hosting staff can be reached via email to answer questions prior to the trip. Hosting staff contact information depends on the project destination. A Habitat staff person will accompany the team and will serve as a translator.
Itineraries are balanced with plenty of work, rest and free time. Habitat staff offers teams a “backdoor” welcome to their community and encourages them to visit local cultural treasures.
12-day itinerary (A 15-day itinerary is also an option for U.S. teams. The arrival and departure day may vary based on the flight schedule.)
Day 1 (typically Saturday): Depart for Armenia.
Day 2 (Sunday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday): Arrival in Yerevan; Welcome and orientation with a Habitat for Humanity Armenia staff member; Dinner.
Day 4–5 Work days (Tuesday–Wednesday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; Work from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; Time for team activities.
Day 6 (Thursday): Free day for cultural activities; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities.
Day 7–8 Work days (Friday–Saturday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities. Special events throughout the week include cultural experiences with host program staff, such as market tours, museum visits, church, etc.
Day 9 (Sunday): Free day for activities in the local community
Day 10–11 (Monday–Tuesday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8a.m.–4:30 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities. Farewell dinner on Tuesday.
Day 12 (Wednesday): Departure day.
Trip cost: $1,970- $2,070 (12 day) or $2,230- $2,330 (15 day)
*View costs included in the standard budget.
Mid-April through October
Volunteer Engagement specialist
If you have read the FAQs and have further questions before you submit a Global Village trip proposal, please contact Europe and Central Asia volunteer engagement specialist Joe Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-HABITAT , ext. 7980.