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Call for Nominations. Young Leaders Programme 2011

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS, PROJECTS on 15/01/2011 at 21:28

The main Leadership Programme that the Institute holds every year, the Young Leaders Programme, has reached its 5th edition. The 2011 Young Leaders Programme will bring an increase in regional participation and create additional diversity and relevance for a growing Network of Aspen Fellows already covering 9 countries. Therefore we invite you to nominate individuals that you find suitable for the Programme.

What is it about?

The Young Leaders Program is designed with a clear two-fold goal: to promote and advance progressive leadership within Romanian and European society; and to create a regional network of leaders based on shared values and common interests.

The Programme is designed for people who have the potential, interest and determination to exercise leadership to the highest standards of civic and corporate responsibility and according to the ethical values on which Aspen is based. For this reason we offer a programme which challenges people to think about the fundamental concepts on which our society is founded. It also makes participants reflect to the challenges and conflicts that leaders must face in deciding polices and strategies for their organizations and their communities in today’s world.

Who can participate?

The Programme addresses young people between the ages of 25 and 35 having achieved significant professional positions and accomplished results within their area of activity. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership potential, a record of initiative and entrepreneurship and a proven civic interest. Candidates can come from: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Therefore, if you consider the program could add real value to young people with leadership qualities and initiatives within your environment, we would appreciate your nomination for one or more individuals you believe qualify. Also, we would like to ask you to spread the Young Leaders Program idea where you find it suitable, looking forward for other possible nominations from interesting professional or social backgrounds.


Nominations should be made by sending in English a letter of recommendation, a CV, the Letter of Intention completed by the Candidate and the Nomination Form to our Leadership Programmes Coordinator, Mr. Ciprian Stanescu at The deadline for submitting nominations is 10th February.


Programme Description

Nomination Form Young Leaders Programme

Letter of Intention Question

Call for Nominations

For more information you can vizit:


Grigor Yeritsyan


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

APPLY FOR A TRAINING COURSE: “Career Orientation for Youth”



Cooperation for Development NGO with the support of US Embassy in Armenia and US Alumni Association of Armenia is organizing a training course on “Career Orientation for Youth” in Yerevan, September 2010. Selected participants will be informed about the dates and venue of the training course. It will last 5 days.

Project Description: The project “Career Orientation for Youth” will be carried out in a seminar-training format. It aims to inform young people about educational and career development opportunities and more importantly give them the basic knowledge and required skills to encourage their further achievement. In the realization of our project we plan to cooperate with educational organizations which actively contribute to the development of civil society through international academic and cultural programs. Our partners will assist us with specialists in the educational sphere as well as present their mission and activities. They will inform the training participant of the programs in which young people can be involved.

Our training will be conducted for undergraduate and graduate students, especially from non-urban regions, interested in international project, exchange, volunteer, internship and other opportunities.  The “Career orientation for youth” project is aimed to inform undergraduate and graduate students about national and international programs. Our participants will become more informed, active and initiative in the social sphere. The training will boost their academic and career progress, which will enable them to contribute to the development of civil society in Armenia. It is our belief that the training will be a further step towards building a transparent, informed and responsible society. It will open new prospects of international partnership and collaboration among highly motivated and qualified specialists, a much vital contributing factor for the further integration process of Armenia into the international community. The representatives of well known NGOs, Youth centers and International organizations (ARMACAD, DAAD, Council of Europe, British Council, IREX, etc) will present their programs and projects in order to raise awareness about self-development opportunities among participants. Electronic variants of application forms, booklets, lectures, presentations, info sheets etc. also will be provided. Participants will be awarded with certificates.

Main Objectives:

  • To motivate youth to participate in the process of democratization of our country.
  • To raise awareness among participants about the importance of being active citizens and participate in civic life.
  • To promote youth activism and involvement in social activities.
  • To strengthen ties between rural youth and support the continuity of their academic and career progress.
  • To equip participants with knowledge and skills in running projects offered by different international organizations.
  • To help youth to develop their leadership, decision-making and critical thinking skills.

Who can apply?

  • Undergraduate and graduate students from 17 to 25,
  • Have some knowledge of English,
  • Have some computer skills,
  • Committed to actively take part in the entire event,
  • Motivated to forward the obtained knowledge and skills during the training in their communities.


The methodological approach will consequently base on the principles of non-formal learning in general, experiential learning in particular. An emphasis will be laid on transparent, comprehensive and reflective adoption of inputs and exercises – in order to guarantee a maximum of learning. Workshops, discussions and presentations will be held.

Financial conditions:

Partial travel and one-time meal funding will be provided for participants currently residing in regional areas. Participants wishing to obtain partial funding are asked to notify the project coordinators about their needs and provide a brief addendum attached to their application.

Application Procedure:

After the deadline, September 10th, the presidency board of our organization will select 25 participants from different regions of RA assuring equal regional and gender distribution. After the selection participants will be asked to confirm their participation.

If you want to participate and you need application form, please write to

Deadline: 10 September, 2010

Informational Sponsor: 7

For more information please contact the coordinators of the project:

Mher Hakobyan (077) 37 26 47

Grigor Yeritsyan (091) 59 62 35

Also you can write to our e-mail:


Cooperation for Development NGO

“Cooperation for Development” to start Career Orientation for Youth

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, PROJECTS on 23/08/2010 at 09:46

“Cooperation for Development” NGO team membe rs held a meeting at US Alumni Association of Armenia central office in Yerevan, Armenia to discuss the further details of the “Career Orientation for Youth” project sponsored by the US outreach Grant via US Alumni Association of Armenia and US Embassy in Yerevan.

Issues concerning the preparation phase of the project, particularly communication with partners, confirmation of the venue and application dissemination, etc., were discussed. An introduction to the USAAA activities and new blog was also made by Khachik Gevorgyan, executive director of USAAA.

The “Career Orientation for Youth” project, is a series of informative lectures in a seminar-training format for undergraduate and graduate students. It aims to inform young people about educational and career development opportunities and more importantly give them the basic knowledge and required skills to encourage their further achievements. In the realization of the project Cooperation for Development will cooperate with educational organizations such as ARMACAD, IREX, American Council, British Council, DAAD and the like, which actively contribute to the development of academically oriented society through international academic and cultural programs. The partners will inform the training participants about the programs in which young people can get involved.

Armenia, Turkey and Greece: Youth Exchange

In ANNOUNCEMENTS, PROJECTS on 18/08/2010 at 07:00

For now we are planning to make a triangle relation ( Armenia, Turkey and Greece) and we need a partner from Greece. We believe that this project is well-done.

Project type: Youth action 1.1.

Summary: We are going to conduct a youth exchange between Armenian and Turkish youth. It will be a year-long program in Turkey and Armenia focusing on cross-cultural communications and cultural sharing. 10 Armenian and 10 Turkish participants from different organizations and socio-economical backgrounds will live together as a one big family.

The Armenian and Turkish exchange portions of the program will be scheduled about 1 week in each country. Participants will be engaged in a variety of activities such as workshops, seminars, artistic activities, trainings, intercultural evenings, city games, sightseeing, cultural visits etc.

The project will begin in January 1, 2011 with preparation phase of Armenian exchange portion. The preparation phase will include 3 months (January, February and March). We will have an advanced planning in March with group leaders of two groups in Yerevan. The second phase will be an implementation phase. The exchange activity will take place from 20 April to 28 April (including arrival and departure).

The preparation phase of Turkish exchange portion should begin in June 1 (June, July and August). We will have an advanced planning in August with group leaders of two groups in Istanbul. After, Turkish group will start and implementation of the project. The exchange activity will take place from 10 September to 20 September (including arrival and departure).

The third phase will be an evaluation phase. During it two groups will prepare joint report about the results of the project as well as create a web-site, forum and on-line magazine.
The participants will be 10 Turkish and 10 Armenian youngsters between the ages of 18 and 25. They will be selected on the basis of their applications. Selected participants will participate in two days preparation activities in their home-countries. The exchange programs taking place in Armenia and Turkey will be one week in duration each.

If you are interested please write to the following e-mail.

Working on our new project: “Career Orientation of Youth”

In PROJECTS on 09/08/2010 at 06:51

The Cooperation for Development NGO is working on its new project “Career Orientation of Youth”. Project funded by US Embassy in Armenia and US Alumni Association of Armenia.

Cooperation for Development NGO