The Artsakh Project, which piloted in late May of 2017, was designed to encourage the development of Artsakh’s educational programs. With native English speakers scarce and English teaching materials few due to long years of occupation and war, English language became the project’s focus. Two American students as volunteer teachers and project leaders participated in courses at the Russian-American School and lead a class for the coaches at TUMO in Stepanakert, helping learners to hone their speaking skills.
In addition to teaching, volunteers were also asked to write articles about their experiences, which were published in the Italian journal Tempi. CINF saw this as an opportunity to educated Western citizens about the particular challenges faced by Christians in the Middle East and Caucuses.
CINF is currently planning for the summer of 2018, designing courses and recruiting volunteers. The Artsakh Project of 2018 will send six American students and recent graduates as volunteers to provide English courses of varying level and focus to citizens of Artsakh.