The goal of the forum was to gather speakers and organizations to discuss opportunities in volunteering, studying and professional repatriation in Armenia

#ImagineArmeniaMoscow forum took place on November 30th, where over 10 speakers arrived from Armenia and 300 guests were present.

The forum began with an introduction presentation by Repat Armenia's board member, Avetik Chalabyan and executive director, Vartan Marashlyan, which discussed the challenges faced in 2016 and what the next ten years in Armenia will be like, what changes are coming up and how we can be involved in them! The speakers introduced different levels of engagement with Armenia for anyone who is willing to get involved. 

In the first section, the panel discussion concentrated on volunteering, education and professional repatriation. The speakers were Artashes Shirikyan - AYB Foundation, Ara Markosian - Nairian Cosmetics, Varuzhan Muradian - Van Ardi Wines, Eric Hayrapetyan - Ernst and Young, Tatev Babayan - RepatArmenia, Aram Pakhchanian- AYB Foundation, Sergey Tantushyan - AUA and Narek Asilikyan - Armenian Code Academy. Each of them shared their personal experiences of what they are working on. The speakers were an interesting mix of individuals who either were locals, repats or diasporans, but they all shared a common cause - bettering Armenia.

Second panel discussion included socially oriented projects and initiatives. There were wide ranges of initiatives present at the panel, such as support at the borders and for the soldiers, promoting healthy lifestyles and development projects. The speakers were Vartan Marashlyan - Support Our Defenders, Kazar Akopian - Street Workout Armenia, Sofya Khachatryan - One Armenia, Teresa Mkhitaryan - Rostok , Hayk Shekyan - LEDify and Tatiana Oganesyan - VIVA

After each panel, the guests had a chance to raise their questions and start a lively discussions. People shared their personal ideas, fears of repatriation and asked for advice. It was great to see a friendly interaction between the speakers and audience.

There were also many organizations present who displayed their products and programs. Attendees had a chance to walk around and learn about what is going on in Armenia from first hands.

We thank all the participants and guests!

Organisations and companies present

Lucineh Kassarjian - Armenia Tree Project vitally important environmental projects in Armenia's cities and villages and seeks support in advancing its reforestation mission.

Ruben Safaryan - Tumo Center for Creative Technologies /TUMO Camp, a free of charge digital media learning center in Yerevan. They also organize summer camps for kids from different parts of the world.

Armenuhi Yeganyan, Araik Danielyan, Grigor Khalafyan - Birthright Armenia which gives opportunities for Diasporan Armenians between the ages of 20-32 to intern and live in Armenia for up to a year.

Lusine Khachumova - Armenian Volunteer Corps has three different volunteering programs for Armenians and non-Armenians. There is volunteering for anyone above 21, professional volunteering for anyone above 32 and voluntourism which is mixing of volunteering and traveling in Armenia.

Anahit Adamyan and Anna Sharoyan - Yerevan Half Marathon -international annual marathon organized in Yerevan.

Homeland Development Initiative Foundation - HDIF - aims to initiate, facilitate, and nurture sustainable development initiatives in Armenian communities.

Teach For Armenia-  two-year program for Armenia’s top talent to unlock their professional and leadership potential through teaching in an underserved public school.

Amalya Akopova - Vartanush Grandma & Co - tours to authentic Armenia and more - first touristic company that decided to show authentic Armenia by providing unique type of a tourism which includes being deeply involved in the Armenian culture and every day lives of the locals. 

Anahit Adamyan, Sona Tamamyan and Angela Sarkiskyan - Образовательный центр «Айбик» Armenian Sunday school for children between the ages 6 - 14 in Moscow. Students get a chance to learn Armenian languages, history, literature and culture. 

Edgar Margaryan -  ՈՄԱ-Ողջ Մնալու Արվեստ - organization that provides lessons in military affairs and surviving in extreme situations

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