Volunteering in Armenia: Leaving the Soviet Legacy Behind?

Chapter

Abstract

Based on some of the results of a 2-year study of Armenian civil society, this chapter explores patterns and realities of volunteering in Armenia, focusing on generational change and on motivations to volunteer. We argue that young people are not more likely to volunteer, thus refuting the ‘active post-communist generation’ assumption. Using both quantitative and qualitative data we demonstrate that volunteering is motivated mostly by career-related considerations, closely followed by altruistic motives. There is a notable difference between perceptions of NGO leaders and volunteers: the former emphasize career-related motivators, whereas the latter state that altruism is as important for them as career in their explanations of why they volunteer.

Keywords

Volunteering Soviet legacy Youth South Caucasus Motivations to volunteer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Turpanjian Center for Policy AnalysisAmerican University of ArmeniaYerevanArmenia

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