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|Total number of Volunteers since site establishment||1|
|Year of Site Establishment was||2000|
|Other Volunteers who served in the region: Argats|
|Other sites in: Argats|
|Volunteers who served at site: Akhurian|
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 Akhurian, Armenia Ախուրյան, Հայաստան
Welcome to Akhurian the most enjoyable village in Armenia to live (in my opinion), where you have the best of both worlds. You get to live and work in a village atmosphere yet 5 minutes and 50 drams away you have all the modern conveniences of the big city of Gyumri. On the map Akhurian looks farther away than it really is located. It is approximately 3 km from center of Gyumri; where you can do your local shopping at the shuka, use the internet 24 hours a day, purchase DVD’s or CD’s at a better price than in Yerevan or just have nice meal at a café or restaurant. You can also have your laundry done (washed and dried in western style machines) at the Berlin Hotel for a minimal price.
The Village of Akhurian is basically one straight road – Akhurian Road. When coming from Gyumri once you pass under the second railroad bridge, you are in the Village of Akhurian. This is where the road divides into 4 lines, for a short span. At the end of the divided road, you will see the Welcome to Akhurian sign. All the major buildings and stores, with the exception of the police station are located on this road. Once you are in the village, you will notice that most things are located on the north or left side of the road. You will pass a trucking company (not sure what they do there but trucks are entering and leaving there all the time). Then you will pass the Dairy and some gas stations. Once you pass the modern looking gas station with a car wash on the right hand side of the road, you will approach the Mayors office on the left. It is set back behind a large non working fountain – an Armenian Flag will be flying on the top of the building. This is also the building where the main post office is located on the first floor. If you continue down the road, the next major building (past some small closed old stores and restaurants) is School #1 on your left. There is a small college on your right hand side. Continuing down the road you come to some new stores all of which are two story buildings, once you pass them (before you cross over a very little bridge) make a left turn. While traveling down this road you will have a canal to you right and the first building on the left is the bank. Continuing down the dirt road about a quarter of a mile you will find the Police station on the left hand side of the road. Just past the police station is a bread bakery; where the smell of fresh bread can be had both day and night.
If you go back to the main road make a left and continue over the small bridge you will enter the village section of Akhurian. You will pass the Mother and Child Poly Clinic on your right and several small stores on both your right and left. The road is fairly straight and flat but you will come to curve in the road to the right, follow it and you will see a new building on the left side of the road – this is School #2. A little past the school on the right side of the road is located a lavash bakery. Just past the lavash bakery you will find the smaller village post office. If you travel down the road a little further the village ends at some potato fields. It is not large in square footage but the residents are large in generosity and kindness.