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Q: How much does the trip cost?
A: The cost of the campaign is $500 USD for a 3 week campaign.
Q: Does this fee include the airfare?
A: No, this fee is only for lodging and meals, but does include the weekend excursions.
Q: Do I need a Visa to enter the country?
A: US, EU and Russian citizens do not need a visa to enter the country.  Canadien citizens can purchase a visa at the airport, upon entry to Armenia.
Q: Should I purchase travel insurance?
A: Although we have never cancelled a trip, we highly suggest you purchase travel insurance.
Q: Do I have to be a member before I can apply for the trip?
A: No, once you pay for the campaign, you become a member for that year.
Q: When do I need to pay for the campaign?
A: Payment must be received via paypal or check by the deadline of June 1st.
Q: I don't have a paypal account, what do I do?
A: You can create one, just use a credit card or pay by check.
Q: Will a debit card work in Armenia?
A: Yes, you can use it at ATMs to pull out Armenian currency and not worry about exchange rates.
Q: Do I have to speak fluent Armenian to participate?
A: No, you don't.  There is always someone who can act as a translator.
Q: Will someone pick me up from the airport?
A: Yes, an LCO representative will meet you at your arrival time and will take you to your location of stay in Yerevan.
Q: Can I leave the worksite to travel in Armenia and visit friends?
A: You can not leave the worksite during work hours, 9am-5pm.  The area is usually very remote and you can not travel back and forth during the work week.  The last few days of the campaign is usually is for excursions.  If you wish to join friends at that time, you may.  However, it must still be coordinated with the group leader.
Q: Can I leave the group to visit friends and family on the weekends?
A: No, you may not leave the group as the worksite is usually in a remote area. Remember that our weekend excursions are part of the LCO experience as well.
Q: What if I want to stay longer or arrive earlier than the campaign dates for personal travel?
A: Many of our volunteers do.  We are only responsible for you during the campaign time period. The fee also covers you only for that period.  If you wish to stay beyond the dates or arrive earlier, at your own expense, you can certainly do so.  Please be sure to let the coordinator know when you will arrive and where you will be staying, if you arrive earlier.  We want to ensure we can coordinate pickup for when all the volunteers arrive in Yerevan.
Q: Can my Armenian friends and family visit me during the week?
A: We cannot stop people from visiting you.  However, this is a work project, your number one goal is to work at the work site.  There is not much time during a work week to visit with family.  The village is usually very remote and outside of Yerevan.  There are no accommodations in the village, such as a hotel or hostel, for any visitors.
Q: What items should I bring with me?
A: Please refer to our checklist.

  • "There are experiences you shape and then there are experiences that shape you. The LCO Campaign of 2007 in the village of Azat offered me invaluable perceptions into the realities of my fellow Armenian brothers and sisters in a way only a true immersion program can. I urge everyone and anyone who might feel an inkling of belonging to this fascinating country, people, and history to sign up with the campaign immediately. I smile just thinking about what you have yet to experience."
    Noushig K, Azat 2007, CA, USA

  • "Coming back from a 4-day trip to Kharabagh really felt like coming back home, with our family waiting to greet us outside our house. That's when I realised just how attached we'd grown to the place, to our family, to the other volunteers"
    Anoosh Gasparian, Azat 2009, London UK

  • "I went to this trip with no expectations, and came back with a great appreciation for our country.  Life in the village is surreal, the food is beyond delicious and the people are incredibly nice. It was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget!"  Sam Tahmasian, 2009, CA, USA
  • "LCO is an amazing concept. It introduced the deprived Diasporan to their land and their people. It is a wonderful introduction to Armenia and something every young man or woman should experience."
    Madlene Minassian Ispirian, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, Yerevan, Armenia

  • "My most memprable experience was being so warmly taken care by an old village couple, receiving gifts from them, giving them gifts and establishing bonds."
    Naira Der-Kiureghian, Ayroum 2003, CA, USA

  • "...I know that when I reflect back on this experience I will feel ecstatic about the work we accomplished, the things we saw, and the bonds we forged."
    Hovig Saghdejian, Ayroum 2003, California, USA

  • "Dolma is made with mum's careful instructions, grandmothers eyes found on the faces of children, songs of Ararat are as familiar as the Khachkars dotting the landscape. If it smells like home, looks like home then it must be home."
    Datevig Simonian, Shadvan 2004, California, USA

  • "LCO experience was a revelation for me. It gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons both personally and professionally. One of the most important experiences of my life and an important factor in determining my future goals."
    Lara Aharonian, August 1999, August 2001, Montreal, Canada.

  • "I formed strong bonds with my volunteers, and the difference in backgrounds was refreshing. It was interesting to hear the points of view of different Armenians from other areas of the Diaspora."
    Aramazt Kalaydjian, Shoushi 2003, NY, USA

  • "I loved the simplicity of life in the village, the fresh homemade food is wonderful; that people are the friendliest and most hospitable... the children have the most beautiful faces..."
    Sophia Balakian, Shadvan 2004, New York, USA