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Armenia Summer 2023 Study Abroad

Flight Info

Qatar Baggage Allowance (economy: carry-on 15 lb, max 20:15:10in; Checked 2 pieces, 50lb each; max 62inches L+W+H)
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Armenia Itinerary Map

Armenia map

Armenia 2023 Itinerary

Sunday, June 25

Fly out.

Qatar Air-  Depart: June 25, 15:00 LAX - 21:20 EVN       Return: July 9, 22:20 EVN - 07:25 LAX (Jul 10)

Day 1, Monday, June 26

Arrival in Yerevan late at night.  Transfer from airport to hotel.

 

Day 2, Tuesday, June 27

Breakfast. Orientation tour of the neighborhood including ATM, bank, pharmacy, food market, etc. We’ll also get SIM cards for your phones.  Then we will stop for lunch near the Cascade Complex, then explore Cafesjian Museum of Art. Meet up in the evening for guest presenters and our welcome dinner. Free evening to explore or relax. 

8a-breakfast at hotel

9:30a-12p walking Orientation tour of the neighborhood ending at Cascade Complex and Cafesjian

12-1:30p Lunch on your own

Free afternoon - walk back to the hotel to relax or explore the city on your own 

4 - 6p - GUEST PRESENTERS (Garni Hall)

6:30p - Welcome Dinner

Free evening to explore or relax.

Day 3, Wednesday, June 28

Yerevan City Bus Tour ending at Gum Market.  Time for lunch. Afternoon visit to Tsitsernakabert (Genocide Memorial and Museum) where we will leave flowers at the memorial and visit the museum.  Free evening to explore or relax. 

 

8a-breakfast at hotel

9:30a-board bus for Yerevan City tour.

9:30a-12:30p Yerevan city bus tour ending at Gum market

12:45p-1:45p lunch in city center

2p - board bus to Tsitsernakaberd

2:30-4p Tsitsernakaberd and Genocide Museum

4:30p-drop off at the hotel in Yerevan

Dinner on your own

Free evening to explore or relax.

Day 4, Thursday, Jun 29

All day excursion to the Lori province to explore Akhtala fortress, Zarni-Parni Cave Castle, Haghpat and Sanahin Monastery. We will head to Dilijan after dinner and check-in to the hotel there. Overnight in Dilijan.

8a-breakfast at hotel (pack an overnight bag!)

9:00a- board bus

12-1pm-Akhtala

1:30-2:30 lunch at a local restaurant

2:30-3:20p Zarni-Parni

3:30-4:30pm Haghpat

5-6pm Sanahin

6:30-7:30pm - dinner at a local restaurant

7:45pm-board bus to Dilijan

9:30pm - check-in to hotel in Dilijan

Day 5, Friday, June 30

Wake up in Dilijan.  After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and start the Dilijan old city tour - Sharambeyan Street, including the Museum of Folk Art. Then we will stop at the Geological Museum of Dilijan.  After lunch, we’ll head back to Yerevan. Free afternoon and evening to explore or relax. 

 

8a-breakfast at hotel

9:30a- check out from the hotel and start the Dilijan old city- Sharambeyan street

10:30a-12p Geological Museum of Dilijan

12-1:30 lunch at a local restaurant

2:00p- board bus for return to Yerevan

3:30p - drop off at the hotel in Yerevan

Dinner on your own. 

Free evening to explore or relax.

Day 6, Saturday, July 1

FREE DAY #1: Recover from the long journey as you explore Yerevan independently. Meet up for an optional group dinner in the evening.

6pm - Optional mid-point Dinner

Day 7, Sunday, July 2

Afternoon visit to Amravir Province to visit Echmiadzin and Zvartnots. Back in time for dinner. Free morning and evening to explore or relax. 

 

 

8a-breakfast at hotel

Free morning to explore Yerevan independently.

Lunch on your own

1:30p- board bus

2:10 -3:30p Echmiadzin, Treasures of Echmiadzin Museum

3:10p Echmiadzin, Treasures of Echmiadzin Museum

4p-4:30 Zvartnots Temple

5p - drop off at the hotel in Yerevan

Dinner on your own. 

Free evening to explore or relax.

Day 8, Monday, July 3

Day excursion to Garni (Pagan Temple) and Geghard (Church built in rock) with lunch near Geghard. We’ll also participate in a Lavash baking class before we head back to Yerevan for a free afternoon and evening to explore or relax.

8a-breakfast at hotel

9:30a- board bus 

10:30a-12p Garni Temple and Lavash baking class

12:30-1:30 Geghard Monastery

2pm-3pm lunch at a local restaurant 

3pm - board bus 

4pm- drop off at the hotel in Yerevan

Dinner on your own. 

Free evening to explore or relax.

Day 9, Tuesday, July 4

All day excursion to Zangakatun to visit Paruyr Sevak House Museum, then to Areni where we will tour Hin Arena wine factory and learn about wine making. After lunch in Areni, we will explore Areni Caves, then head back to Yerevan. for a free evening to explore or relax.

8a-breakfast at hotel

9:00a- board bus

10:40a-11:30a Paruyr Sevak House Museum, 

12-2p - Hin Areni wine factory tour and Lunch

2-3p Areni-1 Cave

3p board bus

5pm - drop off at the hotel in Yerevan

Dinner on your own. 

Free evening to explore or relax.

Day 10, Wednesday, July 5

FREE DAY #2: Explore Yerevan independently.

 

Day 11, Thursday, July 6

Morning visit to History Museum of Armenia followed by time for lunch. 

After lunch, you will visit a museum/cultural institution of your choice and work in small groups to prepare a brief presentation for the class.

8a-breakfast at hotel

9:30a- walk to History Museum

12:00p - 1p Lunch on your own

1:30pm-4pm Group Work

Dinner on your own. 

Free evening to explore or relax.

Day 12, Friday, July 7

Prepare for your presentations in the morning, then we will gather in the hotel conference room for Group Presentations. Free afternoon and evening to explore or relax.

8a-breakfast at hotel

9:30a - 10:30a prepare for your Group Presentations

10:30a-12:30p - Presentations in Garni Hall (Ani hotel)

Lunch on your own

Free afternoon to explore or relax 

Dinner on your own. 

Free evening to explore or relax.

Day 13, Saturday, July 8

FREE DAY #3: Free day/afternoon to explore or relax. Meet up in the evening for our Farewell Dinner.

6pm - Farewell Dinner at Noveletta

 

Day 14, Sunday, July 9

(1) AM: Depart Armenia very in the early morning, so this may require checking out around 1am and getting to the airport around 1:30am. Arrive back to LAX the same afternoon/evening. OR

(2) PM: Check out of the hotel at 11am, hang out in the city until about 7pm, then head to the airport around 7:30pm.  Arrive back to LAX the following morning.

 

Itinerary Destinations

Armenia, Armenian Genocide Memorial

Some of the destinations we will be visiting while in Armenia:

 

Armenia, Garni Pagan Temple For your Independent/Group work (on Day 11),  SELECT ONE OF:

Lib 48 Grading Scheme and Assignments

Lib 48 - Contract Grading

P/C

B

A

Reflections 1

X

X

X

Reflections 2

X

X

Reflections 3

X

X

Reflections 4

X

Reflections 5

X

Reflections 6

X

X

X

Project/Presentation

X

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What Is Participant Observation?

Participant observation is a research method where the researcher immerses themself in a particular social setting or group, observing the behaviors, interactions, and practices of the participants. This can be a valuable method for any research project that seeks to understand the experiences of individuals or groups in a particular social context.

In participant observation, the researcher is called a participant-observer, meaning that they participate in the group’s activities while also observing the group’s behavior and interactions. There is flexibility in the level of participation, ranging from non-participatory (the weakest) to complete participation (the strongest but most intensive.) The goal here is to gain a deep understanding of the group’s culture, beliefs, and practices from an “insider” perspective. 
Source: https://www.scribbr.com March 10, 2023 by Tegan George

Which critical lens (or lenses) will you use?

  • Personal lens - how is it familiar to or different than your life? how has it increased your interest? how has it changed your worldview?
  • Socio-economic lens - social structures, demographics
  • Gender lens - gender-related issues or attitudes toward gender; how are gender stereotypes reinforced or undermined?
  • Race, heritage, ethnicity - what is considered 'normative" and how are "others" portrayed? how is cultural conflict dealt with?

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