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News | Program: English Access Microscholarship Program

54 Armenian Access Students Participate in Program Graduation Summer Camps | 29 Aug 2020

“I wish we could have a longer camp to do more self-awareness tests and participate in more mock interviews for jobs. This is so interesting and useful!”, said Sveta Ohanyan from Goris as their group of 18 students reflected on the first day of their online camp marking their successful graduation from the 2-year English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) funded by the U.S. government and implemented by PH International.

In August a total of 54 students from Chambarak, Goris and Yeghvard participated in 3-day online Access camps within which 11 remarkable native and foreign speakers shared their knowledge, wisdom and life skills with the students. They studied personality types, received advice on career development themes, learnt tools to spot social media manipulations, and discussed how to avoid negative stereotyping. The cross-cultural sessions led by 3 U.S. Peace Corps volunteers as well as guests from Japan and the Philippines living in Armenia, enriched the students’ cross-cultural awareness.

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Recruitment of Students from Yeghvard, Goris and Chambarak for New 2-Year Access Program – Armenia | 27 Sep 2018

The Armenian office of Project Harmony International is recruiting students from Yeghvard, Goris and Chambarak for enrollment in the new 2-year English Access Microscholarship program funded by the U.S. government.   



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Graduation Camp for Armenian Access Students | 27 Sep 2018

In Sept. 21-23 54 students from 3 Access sites - Nor Hachn, Chambarak and Goris - got together to celebrate their successes, to highlight the skills and knowledge they have obtained throughout the program and receive their certificates of successful program graduation.

The group met many interesting guest speakers, including FLEX and YouthLAB programs alumni, who coached them on effective completion of application forms and participation in interviews. They also sat at different sessions that included a panel discussion with successful females in legal-judicial professions as advice for career orientation, an interactive session on time management and finally debates between teams with appointed dispositions on different issues.

On Sept. 22, Mr. Rafik Mansour, Deputy Chief of Mission and the representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia visited the students, talked to them about their accomplishments and awarded the certificates.
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Nor Hachn Access Students Hosting High-Profile Guests | 16 Nov 2017

On November 16, 2017, the Access students in Nor Hachn, Armenia hosted a group of international and local guests: Mr. John Silver, the Regional English Language Officer from Kiev, Mr. Anthony Tranchina, a State Department Representative from Washington, D.C., Ms. Hasmik Mikayelyan of the US Embassy in Yerevan, and Ms. Mariam Martirosyan, Armenia Country Director of Project Harmony International.
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Nor Hachn Students Learn Designing Community Projects | 11 Nov 2017

On November 11, 2017 they were visited by Arpine Porsughyan, an M&E Officer for the United Nations World Food Program in Yerevan. Arpine (a former FLEX student and a former Muskie Fellow) is a former Acting Training Director for Peace Corps in Armenia and has also conducted what are called Project Design and Management (PDM) sessions for Peace Corps. She led a miniature PDM exercise with the kids to get them focused on a potential community improvement project that could perhaps be implemented some day in Nor Hachn. It was a very interesting session for the kids and got them thinking about making their community a better place.
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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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