Representation of HUJ:
Voluntary Service of Armenia – Republican Headquarters of Student Brigades (HUJ) was founded in 1965 and is registered
as a non-governmental organization. HUJ is a member of the Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service
(CCIVS) at UNESCO and the Alliance of European Voluntary Service organizations.
HUJ organizes volunteer exchanges with 120 partner organizations abroad and holds a database of 3000 volunteers
registered in HUJ as of today.
The main activities run by HUJ are for and with volunteers, mainly the young people. The regular activities of organization
include exchange of volunteers with different organizations, opening international workcamps in Armenia, preparation and
sending volunteers to different trainings and seminars, as well as EVS, weltwarts and other long-term projects.
The essential aims of the organization are to raise the social competences and employability of the youth by organizing
activities for national and foreign volunteers in various programs in Armenia (workcamps, training courses, medium and
long-term projects) as well as facilitating the participation of local and national volunteers in similar projects abroad; to take
care of orphans, children with special needs and socially indigent people by proposing activities to and for them and
making them more visible for local, national and international communities. Work:
All our camps have become traditional. Types of the works are renovation, ecological, cultural, aesthetic work with children. The work is expected to be interesting and various. Accommodation and food:
Do not worry about sleeping bags, as you will stay in building/cottages of the hosting organizations where you will be
provided with beds/mattresses and bedding packs. Making beds and keeping the rooms neat and clean every day is
Volunteers will prepare the food themselves. You will taste all kinds of Armenian traditional food, such as dolma, khorovats (barbecue), kiabab, khashlama, incomparable fruits of Ararat Valley – apricots, grapes, peaches, apples, berries etc. and
vegetables. Leisure time:
Armenia is called an open-air museum. A lot of interesting excursions and visits to historical monuments and museums will
be organized during the workcamp.
The excursions to the following sights will be organized upon the decision of the camp on expense of HUJ: Echmiadzin
Mother Cathedral, Zvartnots Cathedral ruins, Garni Pagan Temple, Geghard Monastery Complex with a program of
PATRIMONITO, Lake Sevan (with a barbecue on the beach). Volunteers will also visit Matenadaran-storehouse of ancient
manuscripts, Historical Museum of Armenia, National Gallery of Armenia, museum of famous film director S. Parajanov,
Vernissage – Armenian big souvenirs market under the open sky.
There will be different games, Armenian dancing and language lessons organized in the workcamp.
Leisure time for joint workcamps are special for every camp. What to bring with you:
It is very important to take along different table games, songbooks, children song CDs for work with children and for using
in the performances/concerts to be organized for the last day of the workcamp.
During the workcamp volunteers will be organizing the “Days of countries” when each volunteer shall present his/her
country, so please bring photos and booklets describing your country, recipes of national dishes, products and spices to
prepare it and national songs.
You will have free time after the work, so you can bring your music instruments, CDs with your favorite national songs and
music and, of course, your high spirit and your creativity.