About the project

As part of its Western Armenian development plan, the Armenian Communities Department of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has created Zarmanazan, an educational project which incorporates three components both aimed at mutually supporting each other:

    • A summer camp for children ages 10-15
    • An intensive university diploma programme designed for Western Armenian teachers in the Armenian Diaspora, certified by the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris
    • A summer creative programme for young adults ages 16-24






Zarmanazan 2018 dates

For children ages 10-15 and teachers: July 15 to August 9

For young adults ages 16-24:  July 12 to August 9


Zarmanazan offers an experience that promotes gatherings and interactions between all participants. Each “Zarmanazanian” will have the opportunity to learn from one another and develop friendships while living, for 26 days, in an enriching and unique environment.


Zarmanazan ages 10- 15 and 16-24

The children and young adults will participate in various workshops adapted to their age, these include: musical, theatrical, and physical expression, arts and crafts, creative writing and reading workshops, debates, and games and sports all offered by a team of talented, expert facilitators.
In addition to common activities, the participants will create, discover, learn, and have fun while totally immersed in the Western Armenian Language. As a result of this immersion, language will become a natural means of communication and creation.

Zarmanazan is open to children and young adults from the Armenian Diaspora. The number of spaces is limited: up to 40 participants ages 10-15 and up to 30 participants ages 16-24.

Please note an intermediate level of Armenian proficiency is required for the young adults group.


Intensive university diploma programme for Western Armenian teachers

As part of the “Teaching Western Armenian in the Diaspora” diploma offered by the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, fifteen teachers will follow an intensive program that combines expert direction with practical training, interactive lectures, and the latest pedagogical approaches and materials.

Click on this link for more information about the program:
“Teaching Western Armenian in Diaspora” 2018


Beyond the Zarmanazan Grounds

All of the participants will have the opportunity to discover the French-Swiss Region of the Alps through various weekly, group excursions.

Our partner organizations

  • The Armenian Communities department of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal)
    Formerly named the department for the Middle East, The Armenian Communities Department `was setup in 1956 by two executors of the Founder’s will, Kevork Essayan, Gulbenkian’s son-in-law, and José de Azeredo Perdigão, the first Chairman of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.’ The mission of the Department is “To create a viable future for the Armenian people in which its culture and language are preserved and valued.” One of the four program priority areas from its Five Year Plan is to promote the preservation of the Armenian Language and culture and to aid in the development of the diaspora by linking its different parts and investing in education.


  • L’association Mille et un mondes (Lyon, France)
    “Mille et un mondes” is a French non-profit organization (under the law of 1901), whose aim is to develop the practice of the Armenian Language in a bilingual approach and create, based on principles of cross-culturalism, cultural, scientific, and sport activities for children between the ages of 3 and 17. The organization is certified by the French Ministry of Youth and Sports, thereby ensuring full compliance of the rules imposed by the State concerning supervision and accommodations for minors.This group organizes activities for children in Armenian Language during holiday seasons in Lyon (France). The organization will be responsible for ensuring that the high standards set by French regulations and norms (such as safety, hygiene, and supervision of the children on site) are met for every participant.


  • Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO, Paris, France)
    INALCO is a university where more than 100 languages and cultures are taught. The Armenian studies program, created more than 2 centuries ago, offers the most complete program of studies outside of Armenia. From the newest of students to PhD candidates, INALCO offers a wide variety of academic degrees including Bachelors and Master Degrees with armenological orientation. With the help of Ani Garmiryan, issues with teaching the Armenian Language in the Diaspora have been covered for more than 20 years.





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