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On December 10th, the 8th meeting of the General Assembly of the Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” was convened, during which the annual reports of Managerial and Supervising Bodies (President, International Board, Controller), the success of the organization and the upcoming actions were presented. Besides some changes concerning to the Charter of the organization have been discussed. During the meeting also the elections of the Managerial and Supervising Bodies of the organization for the next two years took place. The results of the elections are presented below. 41 members from 48 members representing YIC General Assembly participated in the voting (14 of the...


PLACE: Berlin, Germany DURATION: January - November, 2018 HOSTING ORGANIZATION: “Centre Français de Berlin” (CFB) AIM: To empower and assist young people in their personal and social development, to provide a safe and supportive environment for young people to realize and achieve their full potential. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The program is for 18-30 years old, active, motivated young people with conversational level of English. The knowledge of French/German will be an asset. TO APPLY you need to send CV and a motivation letter to the following-mail, evs.sending@yic.am APPLICATION DEADLINE is December 12, 10:00, 2017. In case of further question...


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On December 5th Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO celebrated International Volunteer Day with local and international volunteers this year too. The event was launched with the annual ceremony of awarding the titles "Volunteer of the Year", "EVS Armenian volunteer of the Year", "International EVS volunteer of the Year", “Mentor of the Year” and “Club leader of the Year” to those local and international volunteers who have been actively volunteering during the whole year. The day ended with a nice gathering attended by the staff of YIC NGO and local and international volunteers. .        See more......


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Gyumri "Youth Initiative Centre" NGO in the frames of Erasmus+ Youth. Info Centre in Armenia prior to 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ Programme of European Union announces a photo contest entitled “Life-Changing Mobility Experience”. The photo contest is held in three categories 1) European Voluntary Service (EVS), 2) Youth Exchange, 3) Mobility of Youth Workers. Contest requirements: The photos should be from the projects implemented in Armenia or outside of Armenia during 2017. The participants of the contest can be individuals who took part in the programme, as well as organizations implementing Erasmus+ projects. Each participant can send one ...


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On November 16, 2017 the range of events took place in Gyumri dedicated to International Students day. The launch of the events was at Youth Palace where 22 students, studying in higher, secondary professional and educational institutions of Shirak region were handed certificates from Gyumri Municipality and Shirak Regional Government for their high progress in education and social activity. Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO in cooperation  with “Erasmus+ Youth. Info Centre” in Armenia also had prepared a surprise in the result of which with the principle of draw 3 students were given an opportunity of retraining abroad within the framework of the EU “Erasm...


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Do you know the movie Lost and Found in Armenia? Well, long story short it’s about this guy who, more or less randomly, ends up in Armenia. Unlike the protagonist of the movie who’s American, I’m from Denmark, or Dania as people like to call it here, and I didn’t get abducted by a plane while I was parachuting in Turkey, but just like him I suddenly found myself in an alien country with a strange language, culture, and customs. “How did I end up here?”, I kept asking myself in the start. Since the summer of 2016 where I participated in an international volunteer project in France, I knew that I wanted to spend my year before university abroad by volunteering...


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  If you would have told me a year ago that I will sit now in an NGO office in Armenia I would probably start to laugh and tell you that you are crazy. Mainly because I never heard anything about Armenia and it was never a country I thought I will visit. But yeah, now I’m here. And I’m really happy about it. Armenia is really different (and sometimes really weird) from everything I know starting from the language to the public transport. I think the first cultural shock I had was when I saw the Marschrutkas. I remember me looking at them for the first time and thinking “What the hell is that?“ and this thought accompanied myself through the whole time ...


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Hrant Dink Foundation, in partnership with Gyumri Youth Initiative Centre, continues to encourage people-to-people and institutional contacts and exchange of field-specific knowledge between the two neighbouring countries behind the closed border. Thanks to the support of the UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, in 2017-2019, within the framework of the Beyond Borders programme, Turkey Armenia Travel Grant will continue to support the cross-border mobility of 150 individuals who are willing to visit the neighbouring country for a specific purpose, by covering the round-trip transportation costs. Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme will offer 10 professi...


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When: November 2017 – October 2018 Aim: To promote volunteerism and link art and intercultural learning for the empowerment and self-development of young people. Volunteer’s Tasks: To plan and run the “Handicraft” Club twice a month for the young people aged 13-30 from Gyumri and Shirak region, to support in organizational activities of "Intercultural Club" and "Friday’s Cafe", to plan, prepare and run promotional activities about volunteering called “Volunteering Month with YIC”, to organize a photo exhibition, an open air movie screenings and presentation of their culture, food, dances and so on, to design YIC’s monthly newsletter....


We are glad to inform, that Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO announces a new German club for beginners. The club will be led by EVS volunteer in YIC Merlin Zayfert from Germany. If you want to learn German or improve your knowledge, then hurry up to register online through this link. In case of questions call 095 91 91 97 (except Mondays and Sundays) or visit YIC office at Shahumyan 69 (Arevamanuk bld, 1st floor). The deadline for registration is November 10. The first meeting of club will take place on November 14, at 14:30....