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News | Program: English Access Microscholarship Program

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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54 Armenian Students Enrolled in New 2016-18 Access Program | 25 Nov 2016


PHI Armenia office launched the next cycle (Oct. 2016- Sept. 2018) of the English Access Microscholarship Program funded by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Exchange Programs. Through a 3-stage rigorous recruitment process a group of 54 13-15 year old Armenian students from the towns of Goris, Chambarak and Nor Hachn were selected to be enrolled in the program.

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. Access gives participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.
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40 New Armenian Students Enrolled in 2 New Access Sites | 17 Nov 2015


In addition to implementing the Access program in 3 sites (Nor Hachn, Chambarak and Goris) of Armenia, PH launched the program in 2 new regional sites as well, towns of Yeghvard and Armavir .



The recruitment of students was arranged in November 2016, and 40 bright, innovative, open-minded teenagers aged 13-15 were selected for enrollment into the program to take place throughout mid-November, 2015-December 2016.



Following the selection, Access program presentation meetings were organized with the students and their parents of each site to ensure that the parents are aware of the program specifics and are willing to support their children and the program activities.


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English Access Microscholarship Program 2015 Summer Camp (June 28-30, 2015) | 6 Jul 2015

June 2015 was a month of highlights and intensive learning for 60 (54 core students and 6 alternative students) Armenian students enrolled in the Access English Microscholarship Program implemented by PH International. Throughout June 28-30, 60 high students and their teachers from 3 regional towns of Armenia, Nor Hachn in Kotayk region, Goris in Syunik region, and Chambarak in Gegharkunik region, the three program sites, got together with Mariam Martirosyan, PHI’s Program Manager and the support facilitators (Kristina Abrahamyan, the English instructor of Nor Hachn group, Margarita Abgaryan, the English instructor from Goris, and Asya Torosyan, the English instructor of Chambarak group) in a central camp in Aghveran, a regional resort complex, to participate in intensive English language summer camps organized within the two-year English Access Microscholarship Program. The program offers the only free-of-charge option for English classes in most of the participants’ communities.
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Access Students of Goris Meet with U.S. Ambassador in Armenia | 25 Sep 2014


On Sept. 19, 2014 the group of newly recruited Access students in Goris and their instructor of English got together to meet Mr. John Heffern, the honorable U.S. Ambassador in Armenia in their first Access lesson.
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"Access" Program Launches Its Next 2-year Phase | 15 Sep 2014

The next 2-year phase of the Englis Access Microscholarhsip Program has launched for the 13-15 aged 54 students selected from the following 3 sites of Armenia: Goris, Nor Hachn and Chambarak.
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2014 Summer Camp for Armenian Students of Access Program | 4 Aug 2014

July, 2014, was a month of highlights and intensive learning for 54 Armenian students enrolled in the English Access Microscholarship Program. Throughout July 22-25, 54 high students and their teachers from 3 regional towns of Armenia, Nor Hachn, Dilijan and Chambarak, the three program sites, got together with the Program Manager and the support facilitators in a central camp in Aghveran, a regional resort complex, to participate in intensive English language summer camps organized within the two-year program. To learn more about the camp activities, read the camp report:
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Dilijan ACCESS Students Meet U.S. Programs Alumni | 22 Nov 2013


On Nov. 15, 2013, the Central Bank’s Dilijan Center of “Knowledge for Development” hosted the ACCESS program students and their guests from Yerevan: Aleksandr Shagafyan, Project Coordinator of U.S. Alumni Association of Armenia, and Rouben Mirakyan, Fulbright Program Alumnus, the founder of Armenian E-books, who spoke to the students about their career development. Afterwards, Mariam Martirosyan of PHI talked to the students about her professional path and shared with students her ideas about leadership and management. Then the group learnt about popular styles of leadership and discussed which style is best to apply in which situation.
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