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History of the Peace Corps in Armenia

The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Armenia in the winter of 1992, during the most difficult of times for the young republic. The republic faced a lack of food, electricity, and heat during a particularly hard winter, and the country was recovering from the devastating 1988 earthquake, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and a war with Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory. Yet, despite all of these difficulties, these first Volunteers stayed in Armenia and served communities who welcomed them with warm hearts and open arms. Since then, around 1,100 Volunteers have served in the Armenia Peace Corps program.

First group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Armenia.
First group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Armenia.

Since 1992 Peace Corps has promoted peace and friendship in Armenia, while also contributing to the Education, Youth, Environment, Community Economic Development, and Health sectors. Peace Corps Volunteers have also taught Armenians about American culture and brought what they’ve learned of Armenian culture back home to their communities in the United States.

Peace Corps Volunteers work alongside host country national partners in communities in Armenia and form lifelong friendships with Armenians.

Peace Corps Armenia today

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Peace Corps Volunteers were evacuated. The 28th group of Volunteers arrived in Armenia in March 2023.

The Peace Corps has well established programs in Armenia implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports and has a strong reputation for effective grassroots development work in the communities.

To learn more about Peace Corps activities in Armenia, check out our most recent annual report:

Apply for a Volunteer

The Peace Corps Armenia is looking for collaboration with interested schools and other educational institutions, non-governmental youth organizations, and community youth groups in the regions of Armenia for its Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Youth in Development (YD) programs. Selected organizations and community groups will be able to cooperate with an American Volunteer within TEFL and YD programs.

Who can apply

The call is open to public schools, educational institutions, youth NGOs, community youth groups and youth centers in regions across Armenia. We place special emphasis on placing Volunteers outside of Yerevan. There are certain restrictions on placement locations, so please contact us for more information.

How Volunteers can help your school or organization

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Volunteers in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) project are teaching English at village and town secondary schools and other educational institutions. All TEFL Volunteers co-teach classes with Armenian counterpart teachers. The TEFL project goal is to support the students and teachers in gaining access to personal, professional, and academic opportunities through enhanced English. In addition to co-teaching, TEFL Volunteers also implement after-school projects, such as English language clubs/camps and other extracurricular activities.

Applications for TEFL Volunteers should meet the following criteria:

  1. English is taught at school/educational institution as a foreign language.
  2. The school has a counterpart TEFL teacher on staff.
  3. The counterpart TEFL teacher has at least 10-12 hours of in-classroom teaching that will be co-taught by the TEFL Volunteer.
  4. The school/educational institution is committed to supporting Volunteer’s service and integration for a period of two years.

Youth in Development (YD)

YD Volunteers work with local nongovernmental youth organizations, community youth groups, high schools, and youth centers to help Armenian youth effectively transition to become productive and civically engaged adults. Volunteers work directly with youth as well as share transferrable skills with host country service providers to support positive youth development. Applications for hosting YD Volunteers are reviewed and shortlisted based on the following information from the application:

  1. Sufficient weekly workload – minimum 30 hours of meaningful work per week.
  2. Need in the community and organization/ group that applied.
  3. Motivation to work in a cross-cultural environment.
  4. Readiness to support Volunteer’s work and initiative as well as facilitate integration of the Volunteer for a period of two years.

How to apply

You are more than welcome to apply if your school/organization is ready to collaborate and meets the above-mentioned criteria. Please download and complete the appropriate application:

You can also drop a hard copy off at the Peace Corps office: 33 Charents Street, Yerevan 0025.  

We are looking forward to collaborating with you!

For more information or questions, please contact the respective program manager:

Armine Sukiasyan
TEFL Program Manager
Tel: 098 12 33 78
E-mail: [email protected]

Stepan Shoyan
YD Program Manager
Tel:  cell: 098-123369, desk: 010-513526
E-mail:  [email protected] 

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