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The Ball and the Field

The Ball and the Field

A ball and a field. Not anything written or spoken. A ball is all you need to unite people from completely different parts of the world. I have been to many different parts of Armenia with Youth Corps by now.

August 15th, 2014

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Survival Guide

Survival Guide

Dear Future Youth Corps Participant: You are about to embark on a journey that will change you forever and I’ll start by telling you that it’s okay to go into this with high expectations – I say this with no hesitation because however high they may be, I give you my word they will be exceeded.

August 13th, 2014

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Why?

Why?

Nearly six weeks ago one of my closest friends asked me, “Gareen, why are you wasting your summer in Armenia working on a day camp,” and I didn’t have an answer.

August 11th, 2014

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Bittersweet Symphony

Bittersweet Symphony

In the early hours of the day, you hear the sounds of the crowing rooster. In the distance, the firing shots.

August 7th, 2014

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Thank You Youth Corps

Thank You Youth Corps

Yesterday I walked into the school in Askeran and was greeted by “Trcheyi Mdkov Doon.” I stood there mesmerized, listening to one of the campers sing with such passion, and could not keep my tears under control.

August 7th, 2014

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How Baghanis Helped Me See the Bigger Picture

How Baghanis Helped Me See the Bigger Picture

Baghanis is a small village in northeast Armenia, merely 1.5 miles away from the border of Azerbaijan.

August 6th, 2014

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It’s Not About the Destination, It’s About the Journey

It’s Not About the Destination, It’s About the Journey

Long car rides and bumpy roads have become a given in almost all of our road trips, whether it be from Martuni to Yerevan or Baghanis to Proshian.

August 5th, 2014

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Coming to Armenia, we all knew that putting on the first ever AYF Youth Corps jampar in Baghanis would be an experience of a lifetime.

August 4th, 2014

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YOU Are My Leaders….

YOU Are My Leaders….

When asked to serve as one of the directors of Youth Corps 2014, many thoughts ran through my mind.

July 30th, 2014

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Temporary Tattoos

Temporary Tattoos

Last week, Arsen walked in with a bright blue temporary tattoo on his left hand.

July 28th, 2014

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Artur

Artur

Say hello to our little friend, Artur. Artur is a 5′0” Karabakhtsi, 17 year old who was assigned to take care of us during our time in Karabakh and boy, is he a character.

July 25th, 2014

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A Birthday in Martuni

A Birthday in Martuni

As a summer baby, I always seem to be away from home on my birthday every year.

July 23rd, 2014

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Aida

Aida

Days before Camp Martuni began I was nervous and anxious.

July 21st, 2014

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The Dungeon

The Dungeon

After an 11 hour drive to Martuni, with a 15 passenger van filled with suitcases, smelly bodies and no air conditioning, the idea of a shower sounded like a dream. Around midnight we were able to settle into our new home for the next two weeks and meet our host family.

July 17th, 2014

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