PH International

English Access Microscholarship Program

Country: Armenia
Category: Educational Development Programs


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

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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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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