PH International

English Access Microscholarship Program

Country: Armenia
Category: Educational Development Programs

About


The purpose of the English Access Microscholarship Program is to make the study of English more accessible to adolescents from an economically disadvantaged background and is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Armenia. In addition to working on their language skills, the participants of the program become familiar with the aspects of US culture and develop deeper understanding of current issues in North American society. Greater sensitivity to cultural differences, coupled with the acquired language skills, enable the participants to take advantage of the opportunities that had previously been unavailable to them.

Throughout 2012-14 the program worked with 60 economically-underprivileged students aged 14-18 in 3 regional sites of Armenia (Nor Hachn, Dilijan and Chambarak), providing after-school and summer English classes and enrichment activities at no cost to the students and enhancing English language skills thereby developing increased self-confidence, stronger critical thinking skills, and increased opportunities for study or employment. Throughout 2014-16 PHI continued the program in Nor Hachn and Chambarak, and launched the program in Goris as well. In November of 2015 the program got extended in 2 new regional sites - the towns of Yeghvard and Armavir, thus reaching out to 160 economically-underprivileged students aged 13-15. 

PH International works with local schools and the general community in mentioned 3 sites to provide after-school English language instruction (150 hours annually) and enrichment activities through summer camps. Summer schools run six hours a day for five days and provide students with English and American culture training and recreational activities.

During enhancement activities the students will explore concepts and practices on leadership, civic activism, power of mobilizing community resources, meaningful uses of social media tools, project design and management - all these aim to boost their personal growth and development.

Program News

Presentations on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" for Armenian Access Students | 1 Dec 2016

On November 26, 2016 in Yeghvard and then on November 30 Armavir, Anna Avagyan, a lecturer of Spanish at Slavonic University in Armenia, a graduate of "English for International Visitors" program and also a former PHI staff who implemented a number of youth programs within PHI's "Armenia School Connectivity Program" conducted for Armenian Access Students a presentation on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" based on Sean Covey's bestselling book.



During the Q&A session of this exciting enhancement activity Anna encouraged the students to not only strive for effectiveness but also uncover in themselves their sleeping talents and fully realize their potential. She shared with the students her life story and told them how she got involved with yoga to turn into a yoga master today, how she initiated her exhibitions of collages made of watch details in Yerevan and then in Sydney, how she wrote and recorded her first songs. The students were fascinated with her example and shared with her their own dreams confirming that the presentation on the habits of effective teens will be of genuine help to them in their future endeavors.

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Lesson for Armavir Access Students on Armenian and American Cultures | 28 Nov 2016

On November 28, 2016 John Beauparlant, a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer serving in Armenia and currently living in Nor Hachn, Armenia, a long-time supporter of PHI's Access Program visited Armavir Access group to hold an enhancement lesson on differences and similarities of Armenian and American Cultures.



During a very interactive lesson followed by heated discussions he covered many aspects of culture including religion, language, gender relationships, family structures, etc. The students actively participated, shared their ideas on each theme proposed by the speaker and expressed a need for further meetings in cross-cultural issues.

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36 Armenian Access Students Visit Dilijan-based UWC College | 25 Nov 2016


On November 11, 2016 a group of 36 Armenian students enrolled in the English Access Microscholarship Program (2015-16) from towns of Armavir and Yeghvard visited Dilijan-based United World College.



During their Winter 2016 Access Camp as a guest speaker both groups hosted Narek Galstyan, a graduate of the UWC Adriatic, who exposed them to the diverse educational and professional development opportunities within the of UWC movement and encouraged them to utilize these opportunities.



In Dilijan college two Armenian students met the Access group and offered them a tour of the college, presenting them information about the campus life, about the differences of IB education contrasted with that of the Armenian High School, talked about their interactions with the students from 46 other countries studying in the college.



The students visited the library, the Arts Area, the sports hall, the laboratories, also asked many questions and received a lot of information related to the student recruitment process, the complete and partial scholarships.



This was a very informative as well as a fun day for the Access students many of whom decided to respond to the currently open UWC call for applications.
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Success Stories

English Access Microscholarship Program | 1 Mar 2016

For many Armenian students the “English Access Microscholarship Program” has truly opened doors to the many unique opportunities of personal and academic growth. Quite a number of the graduates of the program have become finalists of the FLEX program and have been accepted to other rigorous international educational programs such as the United World Colleges (UWC) movement.
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Two Armenian Access Teachers Receive U.S. DOS Scholarships | 7 Feb 2014

Two of our Access teachers - Asya Torosyan from Chambarak and Kristine Abrahamyan from Nor Hachn - were nominated for and received tuition scholarships from the U.S. DOS as part of the E-Teacher Scholarship Program. They will be registered for online courses with University of Oregon, Linguistics Department, American English Institute's "Introduction to Pedagogy and Practices for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Methods) program.


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