There are several ways that you can get involved. Donate to support this specific partner. Volunteer on one of our Armenia Global Builders teams, which you can learn more about below. Or join a trip as a virtual volunteer, choosing to donate your travel costs instead of making the trip. We make that fun — see virtual volunteering explained here.
House sponsorship costs
Completion of a half-built house: $10,500 Renovation: $2,900
| Learn the Basics – Area Info
Approximately 65,000 families are in need of housing in Armenia, with many living in metal shipping containers called “domics” or living in the basements of half built houses due to not being able to finish them because of the sudden economic downturn in the 1990s. Since the launch of the Fuller Center Armenia in 2008, they have been able to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing to more than 400 families!
About Volunteering in Armenia
We invite you to join us to see the country and lend your hands to families working hard to have a decent place to live. Fuller Center Armenia is led and organized by Armenians, so they know the land and will make you feel right at home. More than only volunteering, our trips to Armenia include touring and are a full cultural experience! Participants will have the unique opportunity to work side by side with the homeowners and other locals to build these new homes. In addition to providing safe housing, these trips provide locals with jobs, help support the local economy and create a life-changing experience for all involved. On your days off you’ll go touring to see the countryside and various historical areas.
Pricing – What’s Included
|Trip Length:||7-14 days (price varies depending on length)|
|Materials Provided:||-In-depth Guidebook outlining what to expect -Pre-trip safety training -Fundraising guide -Option to create online fundraising page -T-shirt and hat|
|Trip Support:||Yes – from trip leader and Global Builders staff|
|Clean Drinking Water:||Yes|
|Food:||Yes – 3 meals a day are provided|
|Transportation:||Yes – to and from the airport and work-site|
|Meaningful Work:||Yes – led and coordinated by dedicated Armenians|
|Travel Medical Insurance:||Yes|
|R&R Opportunities:||We’ll assist you in setting up sightseeing and cultural opportunities|
Click on the leader’s name to learn more about the leader and trip details. Click Join to apply for their trip. Have a spot reserved on a “Full” trip? Complete your registration here.
|Team Leaders||Dates of Trip||Location||Cost||Status|
|Jackie ElChemmas||June 17-July 2, 2016||Yeghegnadzor||Full|
|Abe Ouzounian||July 9-24, 2016||Vanadzor||Full|
|Millard Fuller Legacy Build (MFLB 1 Week Option)||July 17-24, 2016||Vanadzor||Full|
|Leo and Sona Manuelian (MFLB 2 Week Option)||July 17-29, 2016||Vanadzor||Full|
|Boots and Ramsay Walker||September 4-17, 2016||Yerevan||$1,700||Join|
|Frederick Church of the Brethren||October 21-29, 2016||TBD||Full|
Typical work day
- 8:30 a.m. – breakfast
- 9 a.m. – pick up for travel to the construction site 10:15 a.m. – start to work (upon arrival at site)
- 1-2 p.m. – lunch
- 3:45-4 p.m. – coffee break
- 5-5:30 p.m. – leave the work site
- 7:30 p.m. – dinner in restaurant Please note this schedule may change slightly depending on work site and team’s preference.
Type of work you’ll do
No construction skills are necessary. We will be building primarily with concrete and ‘tufa,’ which is a volcanic stone indigenous to Armenia.
Global Builders construction includes mainly: mixing sand and cement, pouring water, preparing the mixture and carrying with buckets (as light as possible), carrying tufa blocks, plastering and painting the walls, sanding windows, doors and walls, and preparing an insulation layer for the roof. FCHA will provide house leaders who will always be available to give help and guidance to the participants. An English speaking staff or a volunteer will be available at the site. For more details read Fuller Center Armenia’s Global Builders FAQs.
Accommodations are double to triple occupancy rooms with private baths in a hotel. Breakfast will be served in the hotel. Lunches will be taken at the building site, and dinners at various local restaurants. The hotels are simple, but have the basic amenities.
The cost for a 14-day Global Builders trip to Armenia is between $1,500 and $2,000. Price varies depending on team plans.
More helpful resources
Are you unsure of how to prepare for such an experience or just looking for some tips on how to be better prepared? If so, we suggest you take a look at our Trip Preparation page where you will find a lot of helpful information and links – Preparing For Your Trip!
What happens after the trip? Even after you return, your trip can have a sustained impact on both you and the community in which you served! Learn how on our Country Champions page.
More about Fuller Center Armenia
Many partner families in Armenia live in domics, metal shipping containers. Others began building a house they were not able to finish after a sudden economic downturn hit in the 1990s and often live in the basements of such houses. Other problems often seen include absestos, leaky roofs, overcrowding, lack of sanitation and lack of heating systems.
These are all problems FCH Armenia helps to fix by building new homes, finishing half-built houses or completing repairs through the Greater Blessing program. The safe, simple, comfortable homes, are renovated or built with and for low-income families in Armenia using interest-free loans. The monthly repayments flow into a “revolving fund” and are used to help more families, thereby providing the financial foundation for a sustainable community development effort. Since we began partnering together in 2008, the more than 400 families that we have assisted in communities across the country make it our largest project around the world. This was achieved through numerous partnerships with the likes of the Armenian Church through the blessing of its Supreme Patriarch His Holiness Karekin II and other agencies and companies.
The project is also currently marking 100 years since the Armenian genocide by helping 100 families with their homes.