Help transform Tumanyan!

Our little foundation is busy as a bee, working hard to bring change to the small town of Tumanyan, which is so full of potential, but we need all the help we can get! If you're interested in coming for a month or more and sharing your time, skills and enthusiasm, please get in touch with us and join us in this transformative journey.

Important information for volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help with our many projects, all of which fall under the Tumanyan Development Foundation, including the Tumanyan Bathhouse Hostel, Tumanyan Matchbox Label Museum, Flying Samovare Cafe, H. Tumanyan International Lending Library, Kaj Nazar Market, Abastan Coliving Space, and whatever comes next. 

Our general expectations are for 4 hours of help a day, giving you lots of time to hike, read, work on your own stuff, and socialize.

Accommodation for volunteers? Yes. Food? Sorry, just breakfast supplies.

We do not get much funding - we are growing these projects slowly but surely. This means we can provide you a comfortable place to sleep either in one of the hostel dorm rooms or in Abastan Coliving dorm rooms, but we don't provide food beyond some breakfast supplies. We want to emphasize this so that there will be no miscommunication or misperceptions. Our Worldpacker and Workaway accounts both state this as well. Most people get by on between $100 to $200 a month for food in town.

Location and directions? 

We're in northern Armenia, in the stunning Debed Canyon, halfway between Yerevan and Tbilisi. For directions on getting here, you can refer to the Wikivoyage page "Get in" text here: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Tumanyan

What is the work like?

There are endless things you can help with, and we are open to ideas as well. We'd like volunteers who can help with many things such as: 

Length of stay

We have a strong preference for volunteers who can stay for a month or more. That gives you a much better taste of the town, gives you time to get into a rhythm of work, and creates more of a sense of community among volunteers. We are open to shorter stays mainly if you have some special skill that would be especially useful to our projects.

SIM card

If you're staying a month or more, odds are you'll want to get an Armenian SIM card. Please get the VIVA-MTS SIM card, as that one has by far the best reception in Tumanyan. Mobile phone plans are relatively cheap in Armenia.


There is no ATM/Bankomat machine in Tumanyan. The nearest is 15 minutes away by car. Debit/credit cards are accepted by the stores, but not taxis however.


Yes, sorry there are some rules. They are simple, necessary, and if you break them you can be asked to leave immediately.

Thanks for reading all of this :)  And while it's 100% not expected, if you happen to bring one of your favorite used books in your language for our Tumanyan International Lending Library, we'd be happy to add it to the collection.