Venture Armenia


Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) and the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA) are pleased to announce an exciting professional development opportunity for ambitious Armenian-Americans. The two-week “Venture Armenia” journey will not only offer participants an exciting, new, and unique way to experience Armenia, but also the potential to contribute to the betterment and further development of Armenia.


What is FAR's Role?

As an organization that has established itself as a respected institution in Armenia, FAR has the relationships, reputation, experience and expertise to successfully organize these trips. Further, since FAR’s programs cover five main areas, which incorporate initiatives in healthcare, education, IT, business and science, it is in a strong position to connect ambitious Armenian-Americans with the right network and the right people to reach their career goals. 


What is AESA's Role?

Through its own mentorship program, AESA is in a favorable position to identify and recommend potential participants in the fields of engineering, architecture, construction, law and others.


What should I expect?

While the itinerary will include visits to some of Armenia’s key cultural and historic sites, this two-week trip will largely focus on networking and forging professional connections. 

Participating AESA mentors and mentees who sign up for the trip will be able to gain a deeper, more unique insight by connecting to other Hayastantsi Armenians in the same respective fields. Whether they are looking for an internship in Armenia, working opportunities, or simply networking with their peers, participants would put them in touch with the right people based on individually tailored plans that would be formalized prior to the trip. 

This trip will primarily focus on encouraging Diasporans to become more educated about Armenia, to develop professionally, and enable them to collaborate with their peers in Armenia.


2016 Itinerary

2016 VENTURE ARMENIA:  July 16 – 27, 2016
Sat. July 16   Departure from NYC to Yerevan.
Sun. July 17   Arrival in Yerevan, check in at Best Western Congress Hotel (Yerevan). Get-together reception at Hotel.
Mon. July 18  
Tour of Garni and Geghard. Lunch in Garni. FAR office: cross cultural orientation and meeting with personal
                     guides @ FAR offices.
Tue. July 19   Yerevan sightseeing tour. Volo Armenia LLC. Impact Hub Yerevan. Dinner at Persian restaurant - TBD.
Wed. July 20  Individualized business and partner visit and presentations. 5pm debrief.
Thu. July 21   Tour of Tsakhkadzor. Lunch in Nor Hajn soup kitchen. Etchmiadzin.

Fri. July 22    Individualized business and partner visit and presentations. 5pm debrief.
Sat. July 23   Tour of northern Armenia: Sevan, Dilijan, Goshavank. Evening with Ayo!
Sun. July 24   Tour of Gyumri: IT Incubator & Tech. Lunch at Cherkesi Dzor Fish Restaurant. Armenian Folklore evening in
Mon. July 25  
Individualized business and partner visit and presentations. Meeting with Vice Premier Minister of RA.
                     Farewell dinner at Yerevan Nights.
Tue. July 26   Tour of southern Armenia: Khor Virap, Noravank, Tatev.
Wed. July 27   Departure to the United States from Yerevan.

Subject to change without notice in sequence of days and other adjustments.


2016 Price Structure

July 16 - 27

Basic Package: $980*

The price includes accommodation in a double occupancy room, all breakfasts, all lunches, selected dinners, all land transportation as per itinerary and to individual business appointments, airport/hotel/airport transfer, English speaking guides, & all entrance fees.

Single Occupancy Package: $1240*

The price includes accommodation in a single occupancy room, all breakfasts, all lunches, selected dinners, all land transportation as per itinerary and to individual business appointments, airport/hotel/airport transfer, English speaking guides, & all entrance fees.


*Flights from and to Armenia are NOT included in the packages but will be bought individually. If you need assistance getting the best rates available, please contact us.

Deposit to reserve your spot: $500, due at reservation.
Final payment is due on or before June 15th, 2016.

A cancellation fee applies as follows:

Before May 15th: $100
Before June 15th: $500

about AESA


The Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America, Inc. (AESA) is a non-partisan and non-sectarian philanthropic organization focused primarily on addressing the professional, technical and scientific needs of fellow Armenians throughout the world.

The Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America was founded in 1983 in Glendale, California. In the years that followed, driven by necessity to better serve our projects and membership, a number of AESA sections were established in the US and Armenia. 

In November 1994 the AESA Office was established at the Armenian National Academy of Science. On February 7, 1997 AESA established its Michigan Section. Later that year, in October 1997, the Greater Metro Washington Area Section (GMWAS) was found. In November 5, 2000 the New England Section of AESA was created. The latter was active for several years, but its activity has been reduced in recent years. On June 4, 2009, a meeting was held at the Holy Martyrs Armenian Church in Bayside, NY, which marked the beginning of the AESA NY-NJ Section, currently the most active section with projects and programs in the U.S. and Armenia.

Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America, NY-NJ Section
P.O. Box 252 Tappan, New York 10983
Aram Setian, President Emeritus: 201.755.3331
 e-mail: contact at

 AESA Headquarters in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
117 S. Louise St #306. Glendale, CA 91205
Office: 818.547.3372
  e-mail: contact at


about FAR



FAR is dedicated to honoring the past, empowering the present and ensuring the future for people in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabagh and Javakhk, Georgia. FAR gives hope, guidance and opportunity to those in need, empowering them to create a better present and helping them pave the way to a stronger future.

Since its founding in response to the 1988 earthquake, FAR has served hundreds of thousands of people through more than 220 relief and development programs in Armenia and Karabagh. It has channeled more than $285 million in humanitarian assistance by implementing a wide range of projects including emergency relief, construction, education, medical aid, and economic development.


Fund for Armenian Relief
630 Second Ave, New York, New York 10016
  e-mail: arto at