Help build a hikers’ community hostel in the heart of Dilijan National Park, Armenia!



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    If you love exploring forests and mountains, have strong DIY skills, and enjoy meeting new people, this might be the Workaway opportunity for you. While tourism in Armenia is at a low point, we're looking to the future – and so our mission is to build a community hub for hikers and outdoor lovers in the heart of Dilijan National Park, ready to open in the spring of 2021, or as soon as conditions improve. You'll be living privately in the hostel while you're volunteering for us, and it won't be open to the public during your stay. Our future goal is that guests, members and local partners will help maintain the hiking trail network, either by generating funds by staying with us, or joining work crews on the trails themselves. We are co-founders of the Transcaucasian Trail, a long-distance trail network being built across the Caucasus, and this will be the first dedicated hikers' hostel on the trail. Join us!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You’ll be based in the heart of Dilijan’s old town, within easy reach of the National Park’s extensive network of trails, making this a perfect base for exploring northern Armenia and spending time in some of the best mountain and forest wildernesses in the country. We have strong ties to many local businesses and entrepreneurs and can connect you with almost any opportunity you might imagine.

  • Help


    The project is to convert an old townhouse into a functioning hostel. This will involve a wide variety of practical and creative work – renovation, construction, decoration, upcycling old furniture, creating furnishings from discarded and donated materials, and creating a friendly and warm atmosphere for hikers by whatever means we can think of! Examples include plastering and painting interior and exterior spaces, DIY and carpentry projects to create communal spaces for relaxation, maintaining and improving paths around the property, weeding and planting garden areas, processing firewood, and improving the exterior appearance of the property using donated and found materials. We will expect each volunteer to contribute 25 hours a week on a flexible weekly timetable, and we’re looking for people who can commit to a stay of at least one month. We will strongly encourage you to go hiking in the area as often as possible so that you can share your experiences with other volunteers.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Persian (Farsi): Fluent
    Armenian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have private sleeping spaces for two volunteers in bunk-beds in the future hostel dormitory. You’ll have the private use all of the communal facilities at the hostel while it remains closed to the public, and you’ll also have access to a storage room and workshop with a large range of tools.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We’re long-time international travellers, as well as experts on the local area and the hiking opportunities in the national park. We can help you arrange local transport to explore the region more widely during your free time. We speak the local language and are here to help you get the most out of your time here!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a 50mbps unlimited internet connection with WiFi, and we both work from home on our own projects. Dilijan is a pretty relaxing place to be for this kind of thing!

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is a public parking area 50m from our house for larger vehicles, and we have a private driveway on which we may be able to accommodate a small van (Sprinter/Transit or similar). It might be necessary to move it occasionally for deliveries or construction vehicles.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Your hosts in Dilijan, Tom & Tenny
The house you'll be helping convert into a tiny hikers' hostel in Dilijan!
Chilling around the newly-built fire pit at sunset
Enjoy sleeping al fresco? This could be your home while you're with us!
Courgettes (zucchini) coming out to join the party
Landscapes like these are a few minutes' walk from our place
It's less than an hour's drive to Lake Sevan – our preferred weekend hangout in the summer!
A lick of paint makes everything look better
What to do with a wild garden like this? Help us decide!
Everyone loves a jet-washer!
A hard-earned break from the daily toil
Our basement workshop is where a lot of creative projects are born...
We love what we do, no matter how dusty
This is your view every morning
Host ref number: 256326134144