The greetings RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan

Dear Diaspora Armenian youth

By visiting Armenia and participating in the “Ari Tun” Program, you will have the opportunity to penetrate into a tremendous world of history and culture, a world called the ethnic Homeland.

At the same time, you will have the exclusive opportunity to live with a hospitable Armenian family and make friends who are from Armenia and different countries around the world.

You are in your homeland. This is your home. The program is of great moral, psychological, political and historical significance. We have set the objective to make sure that our Diaspora Armenian children and youth live with our Armenian families, get to know the lifestyle in Armenia, the morals of the traditional Armenian family that they will see, admire Mount Ararat, step on Armenian land, become reinforced, wash their hands in Lake Sevan, light a candle at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and bow in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide near the Genocide Memorial. I think that after all this, they will return to their countries of residence with more awareness of the Armenian identity and will continue with the most important and most necessary plan for preservation of the Armenian identity, and that is to stay true to the Armenian identity, community, church and State.

Hranush Hakobyan


«ARI TUN» program was successfully launched in 2009. In the frames of the program over 7000 Diaspora Armenian youth from 54 countries visited Armenia in 2009-2016. This year we plan to host about 1000 youth.

The main objectives of the program are: to introduce Diaspora Armenian youth to Armenian history, culture, public life, religion and family traditions; build strong relations with the Homeland; reinforce national identity and establish kin relations between youth of Armenia and the Diaspora.

The event program includes visits to major historical-cultural sites in Armenia, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, plays, as well as instruction of Armenian language, literature, dance, history and church traditions. The important component of the program is active contacts between youth of Armenia and the Diaspora, as well as meetings with prominent state and public figures.

The periods of the program «Ari tun» – 2018

1 June 17June 30
2 June 24 – July 7
3 July 1 – July 14
4 July 8 – July 21
5 July 22 – August 4
6 July 29 – August 11
7 August 5 – August 18
8 August 12 – August 25

Who can apply? Ages 13 to 17 Diaspora Armenian youth.

The participants will cover the following expenses: travel expenses from country of residence to Armenia and back.

The Ministry of Diaspora will provide:

  • free need-based entrance visas to Armenia
  • transportation (greeting, move to host families, tours, departure)
  • food (breakfast and dinner with the host family; dinner as part of the program)
  • clothes with the program’s logo (shirt, hat, backpack)
  • free entrance to museums and other cultural institutions within the framework of the program

To participate in the program, please click the section of the Participate” website.