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HUJ-Voluntary Service of Armenia
Name of the organization: HUJ-Voluntary Service of Armenia
Year of the foundation: HUJ- Voluntary Service of Armenia, The Republican Headquarters of Student Brigades (HUJ) was founded in 1965. HUJ is registered as a non-governmental organization.
Location of the central office: Koryun 19A, 0009 Yerevan, Armenia

Telephone: +37410 522788, 522701, 544793

Fax: +37410 522772
Aim and objectives:

The essential aims and objectives of HUJ are as follows:

Organize the activities of Armenian and foreign volunteers in international workcamps in Armenia.

Send Armenian volunteers to international workcamps, seminars, workshops, educational and other programs abroad. Organize seminars and conferences in Armenia. Organize the participation of foreign volunteers in long and medium term programs, EVS projects in Armenia, as well as Armenian volunteers in countries of Europe.

Take care of orphans, children with special needs and socially indigent people.
Type: NGO, governmental, other: NGO
Activities: workcamps, EVS, MTV, LTV, etc. /;

Every year 250 Armenian volunteers participate in ecological, construction, rehabilitation, cultural, aesthetic, social projects, seminars and educational programs of international workcamps abroad. They also participate in long-term (8-9 months) and medium-term programs, European Voluntary Service (EVS) programs taking care of orphans, the old and the disabled.

Every summer HUJ organizes 7-8 international workcamps in Armenia, where Armenian volunteers hand in hand with 150 foreign volunteers do ecological and renovation work, take care of sick and disabled children, contribute to the aesthetic education of orphan and lonely children.
Official website: www.huj.am
General conditions for participation in your workcamps:

- age limit- 17 minimum and no maximum

- common language used in the camps “ English’

- No extra fee



International summer workcamps in Armenia 2010
HUJ1 ZATIK Yerevan 20.07-7.08, 2010 KIDS/ECO 15vols

The orphanage “Zatik” is located in Yerevan. There are 100 orphan children living in the orphanage. The camp in this venue will be organized for the 7th time this year.

Work: The volunteers will have the following tasks: aesthetic education of children, concert/performance for the last day of the camp and ecological work on the territory of the orphanage and an agricultural complex 15km away from Zatik orphanage.

In the morning the volunteers will be involved in ecological work and in the afternoon work with children to organize a big concert/performance on the last day of the workcamp. The decorations will all be prepared by the volunteers and the children themselves. The children together with the volunteers will be the main actors and directors of the performance. Each country should present some national song, dance or a performance that will present their country’s culture, traditions with the participation of the children and the volunteers themselves.

During the workcamp volunteers will organize different workgroups for children, where they can draw, sculpture, dance, sing. Children will also play intellectual games, attend elementary English, German and French and other language courses by their wish, physical training classes and other things according to the talents and abilities of the volunteers.

Volunteers will have to bring CDs with national songs and a developed idea on his/her own part of the concert/performance.


Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in the orphanage. They will be provided with beds.

Food: Volunteers will prepare food themselves.

Language: English

Location: Yerevan

Terminal: Yerevan

Special remarks: Armenia is called an open-air museum. A lot of interesting excursions and visits to historical monuments, ancient churches and monasteries, temples and museums will be organized during the workcamp.

The following excursions will be financed from the budgets of the workcamps: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, Zvartnots Cathedral ruins, Garni Pagan Temple, Geghard Monastery Complex, Sevan lake (with a picnic on the beach). Volunteers will also visit Matenadaran-storehouse of ancient manuscripts, Historical Museum of Armenia, National Gallery of Armenia, Modern Art Museum, Erebuni-museum of the city foundation; museum of famous film director S.Parajanov, Cascade stairwell, Vernisaj - Armenian big souvenirs market under the open sky.
HUJ2 Botanical Garden Yerevan 13.07-31.07, 2010 ENVI/ECO 15vols
The Botanical Garden is situated in the north-eastern part of Yerevan (80 ha). We are opening a workcamp in this place for the 5th time already. The Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Science is responsible for plant collections in Armenia. It holds rich herbarium as well as collection of 1070 species which represent 40% of the national collection and shrubs which represent 51% of the collection. The collection of Armenian flora includes around 200 species of endemic, rare and declining plant species, and provides a basis for the study of Armenian flora, and the ecological interactions of species, in a relatively natural environment.
Work: The main aim of this camp is to perform a variety of environmental maintenance projects: taking care of spaces of the Garden, clearing the paths, taking out the weeds, cultivating the trees, preparing the trees for planting, cleaning of the territory etc.

The staff of the Botanical Garden will organize a seminar for volunteers on the theme of environment and nature.

Accommodation: Volunteers will live in separate building on the territory of the Botanical Garden. They will be provided with mats and beds.

Food: Volunteers will prepare food themselves.

Language: English

Location: Yerevan

Terminal: Yerevan

Special remarks: Armenia is called an open-air museum. A lot of interesting excursions and visits to historical monuments, ancient churches and monasteries, temples and museums will be organized during the workcamp.

The following excursions will be financed from the budgets of the workcamps: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, Zvartnots Cathedral ruins, Garni Pagan Temple, Geghard Monastery Complex, Sevan lake (with a picnic on the beach). Volunteers will also visit Matenadaran-storehouse of ancient manuscripts, Historical Museum of Armenia, National Gallery of Armenia, Modern Art Museum, Erebuni-museum of the city foundation; museum of famous film director S.Parajanov, Cascade stairwell, Vernisaj - Armenian big souvenirs market under the open sky.

HUJ3 Rehabilitation Center Yerevan 6.07-24.07, 2010 DIS/ENVI 15vols

The camp is situated not far from the center of Yerevan, next to the artificial Lake Yerevan. The territory of the Rehabilitation Center was former Governmental rest house.

The camp will be opened for the 15th time and has become a popular and traditional one. Most of the children are having treatment here every year and are looking forward to meeting the volunteers in summer.

Work: The aim of this camp is to organize the leisure time of children with motor-system infringement and cardio-vascular system diseases and to do some environmental work on the territory.

Volunteers’ day will begin from ecological work: maintaining the territory, cleaning children’s playground from weeds and grass, painting. After the children finish their therapy, volunteers gather together with children to draw, sculpture, sing and dance, do physical training, play games.

At the end of the camp volunteers and children will organize a farewell party.

Volunteers will bring along a lot of ideas, spirit, love, warmth, kindness and make the stay of these children in this Center a great holiday. They make these children feel that they are needed, full-valued and help them to open their talents and abilities.

There must be a strict discipline in the camp.


The workcamp is organized together with OSCE office in Yerevan. (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a separate comfortable cottage on the territory of the Rehabilitation Center and sleep on beds.

Special Requirements: Volunteers are requested to read methodic literature about work and special games for disabled children. Volunteers are also asked to bring different games and face-paint for the work with children

Food: Volunteers will prepare food themselves.

Language: English

Location: Yerevan

Terminal: Yerevan

Special remarks: Armenia is called an open-air museum. A lot of interesting excursions and visits to historical monuments, ancient churches and monasteries, temples and museums will be organized during the workcamp.

The following excursions will be financed from the budgets of the workcamps: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, Zvartnots Cathedral ruins, Garni Pagan Temple, Geghard Monastery Complex, Sevan lake (with a picnic on the beach). Volunteers will also visit Matenadaran-storehouse of ancient manuscripts, Historical Museum of Armenia, National Gallery of Armenia, Modern Art Museum, Erebuni-museum of the city foundation; museum of famous film director S.Parajanov, Cascade stairwell, Vernisaj - Armenian big souvenirs market under the open sky.


HUJ4 SOS-Kinderdorf Abovyan 29.06-17.07, 2010 KIDS/ENVI 15vols
The camp in SOS Children’s village is organized for the 7th time this year. It is situated in the region of Abovyan (15km from Yerevan).

The SOS Children’s Village is a place where children-orphans found their new mothers, sisters and brothers and live in families. It is concerned about all children, particularly those who have no parental care and those whose families have to live in difficult conditions. 6-7 children live in separate cottages with their SOS mothers. SOS Children’s village in Armenia is built and is financed by SOS-Kinderdorf international non-governmental social development organization.

SOS Children's Villages revolve around the effort to give children who have lost their parents or who are no longer able to live with them a permanent home and a stable environment. The SOS Children's Village family-like structure is formed by four basic principles: mother, brothers and sisters, house and village.

This camp has become a popular and traditional one and children are looking forward to meeting the volunteers in summer.


Work: Volunteers will participate in most activities with the children and have a variety of different tasks: They’ll organize workshops - painting, sculpturing, handicrafts, dancing, singing, sports, language lessons, leisure time games.

The main aim of the camp is the organization of a big performance and an exhibition of works which will be presented in the end by volunteers and children. The concert/performance will be organized by the active participation of the children and the volunteers, where the volunteers together with children will make an interesting presentation of the national songs, dances, traditions of each country that the volunteers come from.

Also the volunteers will do ecological work on the territory. The details will be provided at the time of the workcamp.

The workcamp is organized together with OSCE office in Yerevan. (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe).

Accommodation:Volunteers will live in a comfortable cottage on the territory of the village.

Food: Volunteers will prepare food themselves.

Location: English

Language: Yerevan



Terminal: Yerevan

Special remarks: Armenia is called an open-air museum. A lot of interesting excursions and visits to historical monuments, ancient churches and monasteries, temples and museums will be organized during the workcamp.The following excursions will be financed from the budgets of the workcamps: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, Zvartnots Cathedral ruins, Garni Pagan Temple, Geghard Monastery Complex, Sevan lake (with a picnic on the beach). Volunteers will also visit Matenadaran-storehouse of ancient manuscripts, Historical Museum of Armenia, National Gallery of Armenia, Modern Art Museum, Erebuni-museum of the city foundation; museum of famous film director S.Parajanov, Cascade stairwell, Vernisaj - Armenian big souvenirs market under the open sky


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