Discover Armenia Tour
Consider visiting Armenia with Jinishian and experience a close connection with our people! Journey to this beautiful, ancient Christian homeland with a focus on culture, outreach, and faith. Enjoy worship, warm hospitality, and discussions with all three ecumenical church partners – Apostolic, Catholic and Evangelical. Hosted by local Jinishian team members, the tour includes hands-on visits to faith-based community development projects throughout this post-Soviet republic. Contact us to plan your trip! October 2017 will be our special 50th anniversary celebration for the Jinishian Memorial Program.
Group study tours available!
My favorite part was watching Jinishian work in person and interacting with the students and farmers who are succeeding with help from Jinishian's programs. They treated us as honored guests, but we were the ones who were awed and impressed by their ingenuity and dedication, said Tanya Karimi of Colorado Springs visited with a World Mission Initiative trip in October 2015.
Check out Tanya’s blog for a day-by-day account of the trip!
Highlights of your journey to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh:
- Learn about Armenian history, culture and politics
- Participate in excursions to historical sites and cultural attractions
- Experience rural life and visit Armenian families
- See Jinishian Memorial Foundation (JMF) in action and meet JMF beneficiaries and partner organizations
- Learn about the global economy and existing socio-economic problems in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh
- Discover ways to become involved in making positive social change
- Visit a variety of JMF projects. Meet with farmers using JMF micro-credit loans to expand their agricultural productions
- Meet high school students participating in Armenia's first high school debate clubs initiated by JMF that engage students in civil society and see much more
- Visit Echmiadzin, the spiritual center of Armenia, and other historical sites
- Spend three days in Nagorno-Karabakh visiting historical sites and ancient churches in Gandzasar, Shushi and Stepanakert
- Shop in Armenia’s largest open air marketplace, the Vernissage, and discover Armenian carpets, local art work, handcrafted jewelry, carved wood ornaments and more
Read a letter from Rev. Vartkes Kassouni about his visit in 2015!
How to participate
If you are interested in a Jinishian Memorial Program Study Tour please contact us! Completely fill out the application and pre-tour questionnaire. Return both documents along with your deposit of $500 to Jinishian Memorial Program (contact below). You may also want to read itineraries and description of projects to get a better understanding of what the tour will involve.
Armenia Study Tour Application
This trip is generally land only to allow you the option of airlines and best fares as well as the opportunity to extend your trip on an independent basis. U.S. domestic and international air transportation to and from Armenia are not included. However, all ground transportation in Armenia for the duration of the trip is included. Once accepted, participants will need to make their own flight arrangements to and from Armenia. For air travel and visa guidance, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Armenia Web site.
Any proceeds from the JMP study tour will go toward projects in Armenia. The purpose of this trip is to build support of JMP’s mission, enabling Armenians in need to move from poverty and despair to self-sufficiency and hope — through relief, development and spiritual uplift. The study tours do not include significant elements of personal pleasure, recreation or vacation. The study tours do include excursions to historical sites and cultural events. The intent of the excursions is to learn about the Armenian culture, history and politics, which are relevant to understanding the work of JMP and the people it serves. The study tours will also have periods of group discussions and reflections for individuals to process what they have observed and learned during the trip. The knowledge gained on the excursions and during periods of reflection will help participants to understand JMP’s mission and to educate people about the root causes of poverty and social justice issues in the Armenian context.
All I can say is, Go… and let the people, their faith and the landscapes draw you into their embrace.
Rev. Charlie Hammil, Pittsburgh, PA
For more information please contact:
Eliza Minasyan, Executive Director
Jinishian Memorial Program
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 617
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (888) 728-7228 x5291
Email Jinishian Memorial Program
The Armenian Reporter covered Jinishian's inaugural study tour in 2009 — read the article: Jinishian Memorial Foundation delegation visits Armenia and NKR.