Welcome to Ani
A simple way for Armenians in the diaspora to help students in Armenia learn English through skype
How it works
Armenian students who want to learn English register as Students, Armenians from the diaspora who speak fluent English register as Coaches
Students & Coaches are matched with each other by Ani based on common interests and time preference on when to do the Ani sessions
Armed with the Ani Coaching Guide, Students & Coaches meet 1:1 via skype for 30-45 min each week to converse, practice and learn English
Over time, Coaches help their Students improve their English proficiency one skype call at a time
Best of all it’s completely FREE! FREE for Students, FREE for Coaches
Why do it?
Are you a student in Armenia who wants to improve their English?
Ani is the best way to improve your English while having a lot of fun and making a new friend in the diaspora!
Are you a fluent English speaker that wants to help students in Armenia improve their English?
Ani is the easiest & most rewarding way to directly give back. Anyone can be a Coach, all you need is 30 min per week!
Some of our Coaches
All of our Coaches are fluent English speaking Armenians from across the world
Ray, New York
Armenian born in Australia now living in New York. Senior Manager at PwC Consulting and serial entrepreneur. Absolutely loves sarma, has visited Armenia twice and his favorite place in Yerevan is Cascade
Australian Armenian from Sydney, Australia. Backgammon loving investment banker. Has never been to Armenia, but counting down the days till she goes. Is obsessed with basterma and wants to climb Mt. Ararat
Armenian from Yerevan who now lives in Boston. Entrepreneur and engineer who knows how to build big scale systems. Deeply involved in the start-up ecosystem in Armenia and tries to visit at least once a year
Armenian from Yerevan who now lives in Boston. Passionate designer who turns concepts into mind-blowing creations. She recently won an award for Excellence in Design from the American Society of Interior Designers
Laurie, New Jersey
American Armenian from New Jersey, USA. Just finished medical school and is currently doing her residency in rehabilitation medicine. She loves exploring, travelling and dancing, especially Armenian shoorchbar
Australian Armenian living in Sydney. Investment banker by day, BBQ extraordinaire by night. His favorite spot in Yerevan is at the top of Cascade where the view of Yerevan can be soaked-in whilst sipping on a “sourg”
Yerevantsi and Luys Foundation scholar currently living in Sydney, Australia. Financial Analyst at UFS. There are three things he can’t imagine his life without: thai food, football and his photo camera
Taleen, New Jersey
American-born Armenian from New Jersey, USA. Writer extraordinaire who has recently written two fantastic plays. Loves travelling, reading and volunteering. Her favorite place in Armenia is Tatev Monastery
Armenian, Lebanese, American born in Beirut, now living in the UAE. Senior Associate at Arqaam Capital and board member of the CFA Institute of Lebanon. A proud Armenian, she loves Armenian dancing among other genres
American Armenian who lives in Denver, CO where she teaches middle school science. She left her heart in Gyumri and wishes the US manufactured Grand Candy because she loves it so much!
Russian speaking Armenian born in Georgia now living in Sydney. Investment banker and nardi enthusiast, with the coolest Etchmiadzin and Mt Ararat engraved nardi set – anyone up for a game?
Australian Armenian who lives on a farm near Sydney with her husband and new born 3 month old baby. Congratulations! She visited Armenia in 2005 and hopes to go back for a holiday with her new family very soon
Armenian who grew up in Boston but now lives in Sydney. Has studied a range of topics from international development to innovation at universities in the UK, USA and Australia. Currently works at NSW Treasury
Australian Armenian from Sydney. Brand & Design Manager for Australia’s Rugby Union team. Indulges in sport, urban art and alternative music. Has an absolute passion for the arts, creativity is his middle name!
Australian Armenian from Sydney. Pharmacology student at UNSW. Her favorite things include baby animals, her mum’s mante, watching documentaries, photography, and making funny videos of her friends
Australian Armenian from in Sydney, Australia. Has a Bachelor in Commerce and is currently studying a Masters in Teaching Early Years! Loves working with children, teaching, ice cream and bonchiks
Tamar, New Jersey
American Armenian from New Jersey, USA. Accountant by day who loves dogs and is always up to play a game of basketball. The last time she was in Armenia was when she performed as a member of Shushi dance group
Australian Armenian born and raised in Sydney. Completed a Bachelor of Business, now works at oOh! Media and is AYF Australia Chairman. A keen follower of sport, he loves Liverpool FC and will never say no to manteh
Australian Armenian from Sydney, Australia. Currently studying criminology at university and one day hopes to become a police officer. Has never been to Armenia but hopes to visit soon. Her favorite food is mante!
Matt, New York
American Armenian from Philadelphia now living in New York City. Private Banker at JP Morgan. He visited Armenia in 2009 and was blown away by the all the beautiful history and the welcoming people
Students, Coaches, teachers and parents all love Ani!
Ani Coaching Guide
The Ani Coaching Guide is a step-by-step lesson guide that is provided to Coaches to make running Ani sessions super easy & accessible to all
The guide is comprised of a series of fun, skype friendly, English activities that make teaching & learning English fun & easy
The Ani English activities are aligned with and reinforce what Students are learning in English class at school
The guide is centered around giving Students the opportunity to practice speaking and conversing in English
The guide provides Coaches the flexibility to help Students with their English homework or any other element of English they’re struggling with
Our vision is that by 2025, 100% of Armenian students can speak fluent English
Ani was founded in late 2015 by siblings Ray and Mel Nazloomian, 2 Armenians born and raised in Australia who were startled by the fact that only 4% of Armenians today could speak fluent English. Knowing how important speaking fluent English was in an increasingly globalized world they were interested in exploring how modern technology could be leveraged to mobilize the 9m+ Armenians around the world to help improve English proficiency in Armenia. They soon met Gevorg & Lilit, both from Yerevan who had recently struggled with this very thing – they knew how important English was to their futures, they wanted to improve their English, but couldn’t easily or affordably access resources to make this a reality. Together, Ray, Mel, Gevorg & Lilit set out on a journey to create a simple, scalable, powerful platform which they hope will mean that every Armenian student can speak fluent English by 2025. In 2019, AGBU saw the power of the program and decided take Ani into it’s arms and help realize the full vision of Ani.