About Us

Birthright Armenia was founded in 2003 by Edele Hovnanian with the belief that it is every Armenian's birthright to not only see Armenia, but also experience their homeland via an enriching, hands-on, life-changing experience.
Right from the start we believed that an immersion program in Armenia with volunteer service at its core, especially one that encourages longer-term stays, would foster a greater sense of commitment to things Armenians and result in inspired and well-prepared young people to lead the next generation. Our alums are leaders with a deeper spiritual, cultural and intellectual understanding and appreciation of the Armenian people, its history, the importance of language, and with a true desire to focus on our collective future.

Our mission is to strengthen ties between the homeland and Diasporan youth.


Birthright Armenia envisions:

  • A significant percentage of Diasporan youth having personal ties to Armenia, a better understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and political issues and needs there, and globally participating in Armenia's development.
  • Energized and inspired Armenian homeland youth, committed to remaining in Armenia, as a result of a better understanding of their critical role in nation building and a stronger connection to their Diasporan counterparts.
  • The development of future leaders of the Diaspora with a better understanding of and strong ties with the homeland, promoting the importance of participation in Armenia's development within their local communities worldwide.

Our team

Linda Yepoyan
Executive Director
Edele Hovnanian
Sevan Kabakian
Country Director
Tatevik Ordinyan
Program Manager
Nelly Poliakov
Head of Communications
Alan Torossian
Social Media Manager
Narine Mkhoyan
Jobsite Placement Manager
Elina Grigoryan
Jobsite Placement Coordinator
Lida Balasanyan
Next Step Program Coordinator
Zohrab Melkonyan
Next Step Program Assistant
Lilit Mheryan
Administrative Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator
Larisa Zhamakochyan
Excursions Manager
Sona Harutyunyan
Gyumri Program Coordinator
Khachatur Yeghiazaryan
Gyumri Program Assistant
Anush Khachatryan
Volunteer Support Coordinator

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