VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia

by HasNa Inc.
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia
VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia

The VITA team has successfully completed its training course on volunteerism and totally enjoyed volunteering for various organizations in Washington, DC regardless of cold weather and packed schedule! 

The team managed to visit and volunteer for a variety of organizations and was involved in different activities, such as sorting out the donations with A Wider Circle, preparing meal for homeless at DC Central Kitchen, helping to build and design the Birds' House in the National Zoo, or preparing bikes for shipping with the Bikes for the World. 

The teams are now back to their home countries, Turkey and Armenia, and plan similar activities for their communities. 

Before leaving Washington DC they the team members had a chance to discuss their planned activities with the team leaders and professionals, and consult with them for better organization of the activities back home. 

In summer all 12 participants of the VITA project will complete their follow-up activities, and start cooperating with local communities to implement more during the rest of the year. 

HasNa team got lots of appreciation and great feedback on the project implementation and the wonderful experience everybody had in Washington, DC. 

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During the past three months HasNa and the two partner organizations have finalized the selection of the participants, issued official Invitations letters for all of them and applied for getting visa in Turkey and Armenia. All selected participants have successfully received their visas and now are getting ready for the trip.

All arrangements are being done with the hostel and travel agencies.

In addition the above mentioned administrative works and logistics, we have also contacted number of organizations and checked the volunteer opportunities with them.

In the result, we have agreements with six organizations based in DC, Maryland and Virginia, where theVITA participants are planning to go and help with their activities.

Our partner organizations are City Year DC, A wider Circle, Bikes for the World, The National Zoo, DC Central Kitchen, and BrainFood. In addition, we came to agreement with some other organizations to provide training courses on peacebuilding and volunteering. In that HasNa is partnering with the Center for Dispute Settlement, The International Association for Volunteer Efforts, Youth Service America, Meridian International and finally The Air and Space Museum.

Currently we work on finalizing the agenda, preparing the students’ handbooks and organizing all other program related stuff.

We at HasNa are thankful to all our partner organizations, who regularly support our initiatives!

 

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Turkey
Turkey

What’s going on with the Volunteer Initiative in Turkey and Armenia? Since the latest update we have confirmed dates on when the participants will come to the United States to participate in intense and practical activities related to volunteerism and civic engagement. Not only will the participants learn what volunteerism is, but also they will have the opportunity to put their knowledge to us by serving as a volunteer with organizations in the DC metro area. The dates of the Washington, DC phase of the program have been selected for January 2014. In the meantime, HasNa and its partners have been very active in putting key program components together. 

Here’s what we have done:

  • Organizations in the DC metro area have been researched and selected (in a long short list) for participation in the program;
  • Program coordinators in Turkey and Armenia have been collaborating with HasNa staff in Washington, DC;
  • Conversation between Turkish youth and Armenian youth have begun;
  • Candidate participants from each country team have begun their volunteer program plans, prior to their training in Washington, DC with the assistant of partner organizations.  

Over the course of the next few months, HasNa will continue to prepare for the participants arrival while simultaneously promoting communication and collaboration between the Turkish and Armenian teams. It is our goal to ensure that exceptional organizations in the DC metro area, whose mission focuses on the importance of volunteerism, will participate in the VITA program as both training and volunteer organizations. Finding valuable volunteer opportunities with a history of community impact will provide critical learning opportunities for the youth of both Turkey and Armenia.

Thank you so much for your support of both HasNa and the VITA program. Without your continuing support, this program would not be possible!! Thank you!

Armenia
Armenia

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Thank you for your donations and your support of the VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey and Armenia program put forth by HasNa Inc. Due to your continued support, a network of individuals dedicated to volunteering, community service, and civic engagement is currently being established throughout and across the borders of Turkey and Armenia. Since the end of April 2013, much progress has been made in regards to the VITA: Volunteer Initiative in Turkey and Armenia program’s planning and implementation stages. We at HasNa have been active in organizing important aspects of the VITA program planning process and over the course of the last three months we have solidified partnership with two organizations, one in Ankara, Turkey and the other in Yerevan, Armenia. These partners will contribute to the implementation of the program in Washington, DC, and will coordinate and oversee pre and post program activities and components in Turkey and Armenia, respectively.

HasNa Inc. has selected two program partners in Ankara, Turkey and Yerevan, Armenia after a thorough analysis of interest and experience working with youth and civic engagement. The Youth Participation and Intercultural Dialogue Association (Turkey) and Alphabet of Rights, NGO (Armenia) have been selected to serve as partners. With the assistance of their Program Coordinators, the three organizations, including HasNa Inc., have been successful in compiling participant selection criteria, disseminating information, negotiating the timeline and schedule of activities, and promoting the mission of the program within their respective countries.

In addition, with the assistance of our partner organizations, the VITA program officially put out a “Call for Participants” at the end of May until the beginning of June 2013. Through the use of the HasNa website, our partner organizations’ websites, and networks within the countries, the VITA program received more than 90 applications in merely 3 weeks. Upon collection of the applications, the three Program Coordinators will review all potential candidates. The applications will then be shortlisted. Those shortlisted will be contacted for a joint interview with the Program Coordinators and the management at HasNa Inc., as a way to ensure that the values and the mission of the program are clearly understood. This process should take approximately one month.

We are working hard to have the Washington, DC component of the program implemented during the winter of 2013/2014. The Turkey/Armenia component will follow the success of the training in the United States.

From all of us at HasNa and our partner organizations, thank you for your donation and continued support. We will be sure to keep informed on updates as the program progresses. If you have any suggestions of ways to improve this program, we would appreciate your input!

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HasNa Inc.

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Hripsime Amirkhanyan
Country Ambassador - Armenia
Washington, DC United States

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