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International Day of Disabled People

On December 3rd, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. within the framework of “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project World Independent Youth Union and Cooperation for Development with the support of the Embassy of the United States in Armenia and the US Armenian Alumni Association are holding an event to celebrate International Day of Disabled People at the Republican Pediatric Rehabilitation Center.

See press release here: Press Release_eng

Celebrities Silva Hakobyan, “Arevik” children’s choir as well as clowns and cartoon heroes will perform and greet the children. Guests from the US Embassy in Yerevan and the Head of the USAAA, Khachik Gevorgyan will also take part in the event.


Echmiadzni Hin Highway, 109 Building

For more information please contact Siranush Yarmaloyan, coordinator of the “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project։ (055) 24 44 78

December 2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery


The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, recalls the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.


“The abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the 19th century did not eradicate the practice globally. Instead, it took on other forms, which persist to this day: serfdom, debt bondage and forced and bonded labor; trafficking in women and children, domestic slavery and forced prostitution, including of children; sexual slavery, forced marriage and the sale of wives; child labour and child servitude, among others.”


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day
for the Abolition of Slavery
2 December 2010


December 1 – HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, ARTICLES, NEWS on 01/12/2010 at 11:13

Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’. World AIDS Day is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.3 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2009 some 2.6 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 1.8 million people died from AIDS.

The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

The protection of human rights is fundamental to combating the global HIV and AIDS epidemic. Violations against human rights fuel the spread of HIV, putting marginalised groups, such as injecting drug users and sex workers , at a higher risk of HIV infection. By promoting individual human rights, new infections can be prevented and people who have HIV can live free from discrimination.

World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for all of us – individuals, communities and political leaders – to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.

The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.

The red ribbon started as a “grass roots” effort; as a result there is no one official AIDS ribbon manufacturer, and many people make their own. It’s easily done – just use some ordinary red ribbon and a safety pin!

If you want to take your awareness raising a step further then try finding a local event to take part in. Around the world there are hundreds of activities taking place to mark World AIDS Day, including candlelight vigils, art shows, marches and religious services. If you can’t find anything in your area then why not organise an event yourself?

AEGEE-Yerevan was officially opened!!


Dear friends,

We would like to inform you that the office of AEGEE-Yerevan youth public organization was officially opened in Yerevan.  The opening ceremomy took place at the Best Western Congress Hotel and attended by representatives from Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Science and Education, international organizations and embassies.

AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum) is a student organisation that promotes co-operation, communication and integration amongst young people in Europe. As a non-governmental, politically independent and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young professionals from all faculties and disciplines – today it counts 15.000 members, active in more than 240 university cities in 43 European countries, making it the biggest interdisciplinary student association in Europe.

AEGEE, which was founded in 1985 in Paris, puts the idea of a unified Europe into practice. A widely spread student network provides the ideal platform where youth workers and young volunteers from 43 European countries can work together on crossborder activities such as conferences, seminars, exchanges, training courses, Summer Universities, Case Study trips and Working Group meetings.

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AEGEE has participatory status in the activities of the Council of Europe, consultative status at the United Nations, operational status at UNESCO and is at the same time a member of the European Youth Forum. The organisation has also a number of illustrious personalities amongst its general partners: Mikhael Gorbatchev, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic; Eric Froment, former President of the European University Association, Wolfgang Thierse, former President of the Bundestag and Romano Prodi, former Primeminister of Italy and President of the European Commission.

During the 50th assembly of AEGEE in October 2010, an agreement was signed between AEGEE-Europe and AEGEE-Yerevan, under which the organization has obtained the right to officially operate in Yerevan.

Cooperation for Development NGO & AEGEE-Yerevan have already collaborated in the framework Training Course “Career Orientation Youth” which held in Yerevan on September. During this event the president of AEGEE-Yerevan Shushan Khachatryan presented AEGEE, its goals and activities to students from all over Armenia.

Our Team congratulates AEGEE-Yerevan Board and members. We wish you good luck and looking forward to our future cooperation! Let your energy and optimism help you in achieving new heights.

Cooperation for Development NGO Team

Happy International Students’ Day!

In ANNOUNCEMENTS on 17/11/2010 at 07:33

Dear friends,

We would like to congratulate you on the occasion of International Students’ Day!!!!

More than half a century ago, students of the world united against fascism. On November 17th 1939 students’ resistance in the streets of Prague against Nazi occupation inspired the establishment of an anti-Nazi students’ coalition and in 1941 November 17th was declared International Students Day by the International Students Council in London.

Today, you are the ones who are able to influence politics and economy, participate in public life and to improve the world around you. We believe that you are the most active, involved and considerate part of our society.

Our wishes are simple: be healthy, happy, and successful!

We hope that the celebration of the International Students’ Day will become a regular holiday for our students and universities as well.


Cooperation for Development NGO

EVS opportunity for Armenian youth in Lithuania

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, PROJECTS on 04/11/2010 at 07:56

Dear friends,

We have a special offer for you. If you want to become an EVS voluteer use this opportunity, read the information below.


Accreditation   Host organisation
Approval Date   29/12/2009
Validity Date   29/12/2012
Location   Vilnius (Lithuania)
Theme 1   Minorities
Theme 2   Other
Inclusion   Economic difficulties, Social difficulties


Project environment


Children and Youth day center “Mûsø nameliai” is situated in suburb of Vilnius – capital of Lithuania.
Comunication with city center from Naujoji Vilnia suburb is comfortable, direct from Naujoji Vilnia to city center go some buses and microbuses also train line. As Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania all leisure time and tourist activities are possible in easy way.
Naujoji Vilnia – Vilnius city district, about 8 km from city center. Population – 37 000, in Naujoji Vilnia live representatives of Polish, Russian, Byelorussian, Lithuanian nationality. Till the Second World War Vilnius and city districts belonged to Poland. In Naujoji Vilnia functions some schools – in between of them scholls for Russian and Polish children, also some multilingual kindergartens. There are cultural centre, public library, Youth creative center and some other educational and training institutions. Two Roman Catholic churches, orthodox church. Remarkable regional park, possibility to have a lot of outdoor activities in summer.
Vilnius is the capital of the Republic of Lithuania and the largest administrative centre in Lithuania with all major political, economic, social and cultural centres.
Naturally, it is the largest city in the country: according to the data of 2007 the population of Vilnius is approximately 554,400. Of them 57.8% are Lithuanians, 18.7% Poles, 14% Russians, 4% Byelorussians, 0.5% Jews and the remaining 5% comprising some other nationalities.
Current area of Vilnius is about 400 square kilometres. Buildings cover 29.1% of the city and the remaining area is prevailed with the greenery (68.8%) and waters (2.1%). The County of Vilnius covers the regions of Vilnius, Elektrënai, Šalèininkai, Širvintos, Švenèionys, Trakai, and Ukmergë totalling to 965,000 ha.
The Old Town, historical centre of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Eastern Europe (360 ha). The most valuable historic and cultural heritage is concentrated here. The buildings in the old town – there are about 1.5 thousand of them – were built in a number of different centuries, therefore, it is a mixture of all European architectural styles. Although Vilnius is often called a baroque city, here you will find some buildings of gothic, renaissance and other styles. The main sights of the city are the Gediminas Castle and the Cathedral Square, symbols of the capital. Their combination is also a gateway to the historic centre of the capital. Because of its uniqueness, the Old Town of Vilnius was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

There are no specific rules for a volunteer, we just follow everyday matters: humanity, honest help, understanding, knowing how to deal with children and we wish the volunteer would do so.


The day center undertakes the activities for children and teenagers also their family members in the domain of social care. European Volunteers will play an important role in our community. We do hope that young volunteers will bring a lot of fresh ideas, new standards and great motivation to work. It will influent work of all the employees and shows to the children, that their life can be also without such a big social and psychological problems, if they will have enough courage and good intensions to change it by themselves.
We hope from this cooperation with EVS Program to bring to our place new European dimension, and even if our children don’t have a chance to visit Europe – Europe will come to visit them. Young volunteers who will come to work with us and to work with our children can give special care, fresh attitude, energy or youth. Our target group members would be happy to spend time with volunteers, play with them, to be faced to something new or doing daily things but with another person from abroad. Also it will have good influence for their English skills.
The main activities of the volunteer: to help to organize daily free time occupation (different games, workshops, events, organized together with the stuff members); to participate in the educational process (participation in the learning seminars – organized by the hosting organization and National Agency, presentation about the country of the volunteer, work in an international team); to take part in development and realization of the day center projects and own initiative projects: volunteer will have a possibility to teach children in interactive and non formal way, if he/ she has specific knowledge in some kind of sphere (music, art, sport, language skills, etc.).

The main activities in the day center for EVS volunteer are forseen as follow:
– To help to organize free time activities: educational games, additional language lessons, art workshops: painting, ceramic, other; sport activities etc.;
– Help with the home work, languages and other classes if the language won’t be a barrier;
– Accompanning and assisting children in their outdoor activities;
– Organizing social and cultural events together with the target group;
– Help with serving food for children;
– Cooperating together with other EVS volunteers in Vilnius in preparing network activities in local or regional schools, cultural centres, youth clubs, etc.

Agenda in the day center:

13.00-15.00 leisure activities, discussion about day activities with day center workers and children
15.00-16.00 – day center visitors feeding
16.00-17.30 – homework fatigue
17.30-19.00 – leisure activities, including: art, music trade, needlework, dramatic trade, bibliotherapy, psychologyst’s consultations and work in group or individual.

Volunteers are expected to learn and improve lots of social and personal skills: to learn planning and realization abilities, public performance and presentation abilities, group leading skills, communicational skills, will learn to be open to the new possibilities and challenges; to learn to be self-dependent and responsible, to learn to evaluate his/her experience.


It’s not a requirement, but it would be good, for a volunteer to be motivated to work with children from social risk families, active, having good computer skills, open for learning and new experience, tolerant for religious and nationality issues person.

Motivation and EVS experience

Our organization has never hosted any volunteer up till now in the organization. In 2008 day center took a part in international project with Youth organization from France and group of young people (10 people) from France organized activities for day center visitors 10 days in summer holidays time. This was our first experience to be in touch with foreign young people. This experience made us more open, enabled to do more and with a different point of view to our children and our daily work we do.
We had admitted that young person – volunteer with his/her strong motivation can be a real input for changes. EVS is a very good possibility to learn from each other, where “a teacher” can be not only professional worker, volunteer, but small children from our care house and our community. It allows feelings of importance as a person and as an active member of society in global context.
Together with international volunteers we would like to enrich our experience, variety of activities, aspect for different things and processes, quantity and quality of information, contacts and creative people. For a volunteer in our organization could be the possibility not only to work in the daily work of the organization, but also to be like a person who would work out from the organization with local public in varios kind of activities and in this way to promote informal education among others, starting with him/her self.
We are not experienced in this field, but as we work in capital city it is always possible to be in touch with organisations which have an experience already and to share their experience and collaborate. One of those organizations – Vilnius city Mother’s and child pension has experience in this field and as we have signed agreement of partnership with this organization we hope to share new knowledge about volunteer work.

Description of the organisation

Children and Youth Day Center “Mûsø nameliai” operates in Naujoji Vilnia (Vilnius suburb) from 2000 y. as systematically working organisation provides socialization programme for children and Youth from socially disadvantaged and social risk families in local community. Day center extends services including consultations of psychologist, social worker services and also we work with children and Youth groups employing new methods of education and training: in the frames of partnership agreement day center works in a public library what enables combine services of social and cultural-information institutions, work in close partnership, share good experience and to develop activities which help to socialize vulnerable community members.
The main aim of day centre “Mûsø nameliai” activities: educate, consolidate, encourage children and Youth to participate in public and working action, to become active in civic society and to reduce social disjuncture. Goals of organisation: to provide social, education, information and cultural aid for children and teenagers from social risk and socially disadvantaged families and for their families members; to involve to community activites such groups; to organise occupation for those community groups including seminars, clubs, summer day camps, events, contests etc; to develop civic responsibility of socially disadvantaged families, to develop responsibility for ourselves, family and community; to reinforce family prestige; to influence positive alterations in public life in Naujoji Vilnia suburb; to represent and protect interests of socially disadvantaged community members; to advance social competence of families, including not only social skills and capacity, but also reality recognition causes.
Day center “Mûsø nameliai” associates (in the frames of agreements) : Naujoji Vilnia eldership, Vilnius college Faculty of Pedagogics; Vilnius county police headquarters; Vilnius city Mother’s and Child pension; “Laisvë” gymnasium, local secondary schools; Vilnius Old Town Theatre, Vilnius Vocational Education and Training Centre of Technology and Business.
Staff: regular social worker, regular social educator, psychologist, coordinator and organiser of events.
Target group: children from socially disadvantaged and social risk families – 40 (age from 7 till 16) and their adult family members. For adult family members day center provides special, not everyday activities according programmes.

If you are interested send your European CV to Monika Hovhannisyan 

Application deadline has passed: 46 luckiest volunteers were accepted!!


On Sunday, October 31st, the “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project team had a meeting at the US Armenian Alumni Association office. During the five-hour meeting more than sixty applications for the Volunteer project were considered, from which 46 were accepted. The coordinating team was pleasantly surprised by the level of interest and enthusiasm expressed through the applicants’ essays. In the next few days the project team will provide young volunteers with theoretical and practical knowledge needed for the successful realization of the project goals. This will be done through two day group trainings conducted by qualified trainers and specialists.

As it has previously been announced the “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project is a month academic and social project which aims to promote social responsibility and involvement among youth in our society. During the one month project young people, mostly students of different professions, will attend out partner hospitals to contribute to these children’s academic and mental development, to help them adapt to hospital conditions more easily, to organize their free time, to encourage self development and assist them with future career choice by sharing with their own experiences. In this way we hope to easy up the discomforts of the children’s condition. On the other hand it will promote volunteerism and encourage young people to be more active as community members and to gain practical experience of their academic knowledge.

Siranush Yarmaloyan and “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project team

Volunteer/Internship Opportunity: Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education


We welcome you to take part in the “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” project, organized by an initiative group of 6 people and financed by the US Alumni Association of Armenia (USAAA) and the US Embassy in Armenia. The project is also supported by WIYU (World Independent Youth Union) NGO and Cooperation for Development NGO.

“Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” aims to help school and preschool… children, who have serious health problems and are therefore required to spend several months under the direct supervision of doctors at the hospital. Around fifty young volunteers of different professions will attend partner hospitals to contribute to these children’s academic and mental development. The program will give young people the opportunity to be more active as community members and to gain practical experience of their academic knowledge. Successful volunteers will be granted a certificate by USAAA, the US Embassy and “World Independent Youth Union” NGO.

You can download an application form from Please note that the application deadline is October 29th, 2010. For more details feel free to contact Siranush Yarmaloyan (055)24 44 78 or Mher Hakobyan (077)37 26 47.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION: “Promotion of Volunteerism and Peer Education” is a one-month academic and social project which is organized by an initiative group of 6 people. It is financed by USAAA (US Alumni Association of Armenia) and the US Embassy in Armenia and is supported by WIYU (World Independent Youth Union) NGO and Cooperation for Development NGO. The aim of the project is to help school and preschool age children who have serious health problems and have to stay at the hospital for several months. These children don’t have an opportunity to attend school, to be involved in different social activities and are not integrated in community life. Around fifty young volunteers of different professions will attend partner hospitals to contribute to these children’s academic and mental development, to help them adapt to hospital conditions more easily, to organize their free time, to encourage self development and assist them with future career choice by sharing their own experiences. In this way we hope to easy up the discomforts of the children’s condition. On the other hand it will promote volunteerism and encourage young people to be more active as community members and to gain practical experience of their academic knowledge.


  • To promote tolerance in society
  • To provide youth volunteers with an opportunity to gain practical experience
  • To help children adapt to hospital conditions
  • To contribute to  their social integration
  • To provide psychological assistance (with the help of volunteer psychologists)
    • To assist their academic achievements
    • To help with their further career choice
    • To provide them with new skills, thus developing their creativity

Inner city transportation cost of the volunteers will be partially reimbursed. Volunteers will also be provided with necessary supplies (stationary, books, games, DVD player, CDs/DVDs for English classes, etc.).


  • Young people/students (preferable future teachers, doctors, psychologists, artists, etc)
  • Ready to work with children with special needs
  • To work individually, as well as a team member
  • To attend preparation trainings
  • To be ready to sign an agreement on rights and responsibilities
  • To be able to fulfill all the requirements related to the project implementation.

Three consecutive meetings at the US Alumni Association of Armenia’s headquarter in Yerevan


On September 11th, 12th and 13th “Cooperation for Development” NGO held three consecutive meetings at the US Alumni Association of Armenia’s headquarter in Yerevan to realize one of the most responsible and important activities of the “Career Orientation for Youth” project, the selection of the applications.

During the two week application acceptance period a sum of approximately 200 applications were received, which made the selection process considerably difficult and competitive. During the three days the admission committee of 10 members carefully considered every application in its whole, putting much emphasis on the applicants’ essays. Thirty five candidates who had shown potential for success and expressed strong motivation for further academic development were considered. In the mean time, the admission committee tried to ensure general and regional equality during the selection process. We are happy to have so many successful applicants from rural regions and we will do everything in our capability to ensure their positive experience and further achievements.

The seminar-training “Career Orientation for Youth” will take place in Yerevan from September 19 to 24.

Let us Cooperate for Development!

Mher Hakobyan and “Cooperation for Development” NGO

Career Orientation for YOUTH: Download our applications!!!


Dear friends,
You can download our applications here:

For more information you can visit:

Cooperation for Development