Armenia - Water Festival

Partner: International Medical Relief
Date: July 7 – July 13
Program Cost: $1,700 – $2,700
Provider: Physician, Nurse, Non-medical, Dentist, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, NP, PA, RN, APP, Primary Care, Dermatology, ER, FP, IM

Medical setting:

With diligent planning and preparation, IMR is dedicated to ensuring that specific goals are met on our missions, each in correlation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 17. IMR works to elevate vulnerable populations through shoulder-to-shoulder care with our local partners, creating workforce density, and a cadre of future healthcare and public health leaders in association to UNSDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing.

In correlation with UNSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, our organization works in collaboration and at the request of local hosts where we are under their direct influence and affluence. IMR never goes into a country without a formal invitation where there is a great community need for medical or dental care, and health education.

Cultural experience:

You and your team will arrive on the day of one of the most popular traditional festivals in Armenia, Vardavar! This is a fun activity where people go outside, and drench each other with water. Friends, strangers, kids, elders, everyone gets drenched on this day. You can take a little tour of Yerevan City Center and take part in the fun.

For nature enthusiasts, the Lori Region offers stunning landscapes that include lush forests, serene rivers, and picturesque valleys. The Lori region is home to the Lori Protected Area, a nature reserve teeming with diverse flora and fauna, making it an ideal spot for hiking and wildlife observation. Additionally, Debed Gorge and Kobayr Monastery are not to be missed!

To delve into the local culture, consider visiting traditional villages like Odzun and Alaverdi, where you can immerse yourself in the authentic rural lifestyle and interact with welcoming locals. The Alaverdi Monastery, with its towering bell tower and historical significance, is a cultural gem that further enhances the region’s allure. Another village to visit is Dsegh village with its museums of famous writer Tumanyan or Stepanavan Dendropark. Overall, the Lori Region is a harmonious blend of history, nature, and culture, making it an alluring destination for travelers seeking an enriching and diverse experience in Armenia.

Program includes:

When you join the IMR team on our mission to improve the quality of life for the incredible people in Armenia, you will spend most of your trip in the Lori region, a captivating destination that offers a blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural richness. Nestled in the northern part of the country, on the Georgia border, Lori boasts a diverse array of attractions that cater to a wide range of interests.

One of the most prominent highlights of the Lori Region is the magnificent medieval monastery complex of Haghpat. This UNESCO World Heritage Site showcases exquisite Armenian architecture and craftsmanship, with its intricately carved khachkars (cross-stones) and well-preserved churches. Nearby, the Sanahin Monastery complements Haghpat’s charm, forming another UNESCO-listed site. The harmonious blend of spiritual significance and architectural grandeur makes these monastic complexes a must-visit for history enthusiasts and those seeking a glimpse into Armenia’s rich heritage.

About International Medical Relief

International Medical Relief was founded in 2002 on the belief that knowledge of basic health facts and access to healthcare should not be the prerogative of select nations, regions, or classes, but should be shared by as many people as possible. We undertake our work to include some of the millions of people who have been excluded from today’s healthcare systems worldwide.

During our clinics, we partner with local medical and dental professionals to share knowledge about diagnoses and treatment. We also provide community health education so that people are empowered to provide for their own health, as well as for the health of other community members.