Armenia Service Program (ASP)
The Armenia Service Program(ASP) provides young adults an opportunity to travel to their homeland to not only tour, but to give back to their brothers and sisters in Armenia. This trip is truly a pilgrimage in which hundreds of ACYOA members have felt a connection to their Armenian heritage that continues to inspire them throughout their lives.
The program began in the 1970's and was called the Armenia Studies Program. ACYOA members would travel to Armenian for educaitonal purposes. Several years ago, as need for aid in Armenia grew, the course of the trip changed from studies to service. For many years, the service portion of the trip included acting as counselors and teachers at camp Siranoosh in Yeghegnadzor, a camp for underprivileged children from the villages in Armenia. The ASP recently joined Habitat for Humanity, which has been making a considerable impact in Armenia, to build homes for a better, stronger homeland.
The ASP trip is a 3 week pilgrimage that is open to ages 18-28. The trip has been the ACYOA's most successful program, running for several years every summer. For more information, contact ACYOA Executive Secretary Nancy Basmajian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 293-1248.
Explore your roots with the Armenia Service Program
The ACYOA Central Council is once again sponsoring the Armenia Service Program (ASP) for young adults 18-28. The trip will take place from July 1- 20, 2013. Participants will have the opportunity to see much of Armenia and also serve the country in a variety of ways.
The ACYOA is partnering again with the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), participants will spend five days in Gyumri working at the construction site of the Octet Music School, which was destroyed during the 1988 earthquake. Participants will also spend two days working on a building project for the Fuller Center for Housing.
Young adults from across the Eastern Diocese will tour ancient Armenia, seeing it's greatest religious and cultural sites; experience life in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, reflect on the shores of Lake Sevan, worship at Holy Etchmiadzin and much more.
The cost of the trip is $2975, which includes roundtrip airfare from New York, ground transportation and transfers in Armenia, all tours, bilingual tour guide, lodging and two meals a day. The application deadline has been EXTENDED to March 29, 2013. Late fees will be applied to any registration after this date. Remember, limited scholarships are available to ACYOA members in need of financial assistance! Those interested should contact the ACYOA Executive Secretary at the above email address as soon as possible.