December 28, 2008
Contact: Linda Yepoyan
BIRTHRIG HT ARMENIA UNVEILS WEBSITE REDESIGN
Interested in comprehensive information on volunteer opportunities in
Armenia at the touch of a button, even better organized than before and with
ease of navigation? Visitors to are being offered
just that. Birthright Armenia is launching its newly redesigned and much
improved website just in time for the holiday break, when most young adults
interested in trips to Armenia are dedicating research to the many spring,
summer and next fall attractive volunteer opportunities available to them.
The new site equally provides services to and actively reaches out to its
program alumni to keep their post-program interests and level of engagement
high. There is something for everyone.
Return visitors will enjoy the new modern features as part of the site’s
upgrade. First time visitors will benefit from comprehensive information
about Birthright Armenia and the sponsored organizations that implement
youth-oriented programs in Armenia, including program descriptions,
eligibility criteria for a travel fellowship, applications and how it all
works. The site serves as a quick and simple one-stop shop for those
seeking possibilities for internships and volunteerism in Armenia, twelve
months of the year.
For the 350 alums whose trips to Armenia were already Birthright sponsored,
there is information on community events, a place to share information with
their fellow alums and view job postings if they are interested in returning
to Armenia to work. Alums will also be serving as advisors for prospective
volunteers, who can search and submit inquiries to alums via the website
regarding their job placements, homestay families and more.
Key documents on the site are posted in four languages, noted by
international flags, and work is already underway to have the entire site
translated into Spanish, French, and Armenian by this spring.
Another attractive feature of the site is the popular Depi Hayk Language
Tutorial, which aims to provide basic Eastern Armenian language proficiency
through 12 multi-media language courses. It was designed for those
interested in getting the basics of the Armenian language under their belt.
Getting started on the coursework via this free online program only requires
a quick and easy registration.
Sevan Kabakian, Country Director for Birthright Armenia/Depi Hayk, managed
the web site upgrade. "It’s a classy site for a first-class organization.
Just like the program, the site is designed to be inspirational to those who
are pondering volunteerism in Armenia. With its volunteer testimonials,
description of program elements and colorful bulletin board, we are rolling
out a site that will clearly give our visitors an easy time understanding
what Birthright Armenia is all about, and what is has to offer our youth."
Birthright Armenia’s mission is to strengthen ties between the homeland and
diasporan youth by affording them an opportunity to be a part of Armenia’s
daily life and to contribute to Armenia’s development through work, study
and volunteer experiences, while developing a renewed sense of Armenian
identity. For more information, or to make an online donation, please visit
our web site at <;.