A trip to the homeland is always memorable, but living in the homeland becomes a truly transformative experience. Yerevan is one of the hidden gems of the Caucasus, with a buzzing art, music and culinary scene. In fact, National Geographic cited Yerevan as one of the top 10 places that deserves more travelers!
Our Global Leaders become more than just travelers in Yerevan, they become one with Armenia as they learn their way around the capital and explore the wonders just outside of it. Living under the same roof, the cohort often finds the best nights are the ones spent cooking together and living like locals.
Participants have used this opportunity to refine skills with mentors and professionals from diverse companies and organizations.
Immersed in Armenian culture, participants have weekly language classes with the AGBU Armenian Virtual College and enjoy weekly folk-dance sessions with AGBU Nork Children’s Center instructors. The classes come to life through sightseeing tours and cultural visits to Yerevan’s museums, theaters, and opera.
Organized excursions outside of Yerevan include trips to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the Garni Temple, the Geghard Monastery, and the towns of Gyumri and Dilijan. Some of the most popular excursions include an annual day trip to Lake Sevan and a hike on Mount Aragats.
The program also proudly instills a strong sense of connection to Artsakh on an unforgettable three-day trip, filled with tours of Stepanakert and Gandzasar, and evenings with local residents.
AGBU owns and maintains its own private facility just outside the delightful city center. The AGBU Vahe Karapetian Center, is a spacious, state-of-the-art, fully furnished multi-purpose facility for international youth who have traveled for AGBU activities.
Accommodation features include shared bedrooms (3 people per room), a communal kitchen & indoor entertainment space including a library, chess room, game room, and TV room. The space also boasts a comfortable outdoor entertainment space. Services include daily breakfast, Wi-Fi, free laundry and cleaning service and a 24/7 building security guard.
The program maintains a reasonable curfew for the safety of the group.