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In Memory of Parsegh Ananian: Lessons Learned from a Gifted Teacher

In Memory of Parsegh Ananian: Lessons Learned from a Gifted Teacher

One of the kindest men I have ever known passed away last year, on October 26, 2013. We knew him as Baron Ananian, our math and science teacher at Ferrahian high school, where he taught for over 20 years.

October 31st, 2014

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In Memoriam: Dr. Hrair Atikian (1940-2014)

In Memoriam: Dr. Hrair Atikian (1940-2014)

Dr. Hrair Atikian, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in Burbank, California, due to complications caused by cancer. He was 74.

September 26th, 2014

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Overcoming the Language Barrier

Overcoming the Language Barrier

During the first week of July I anxiously sat on my 16-hour flight to Yerevan casually flipping through my Armenian-English dictionary with intentions of picking up a few words and phrases before arrival time.

September 3rd, 2014

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Why Renovate the Proshyan Youth Center?

Why Renovate the Proshyan Youth Center?

From the different regions we volunteered in this summer, Proshyan stood out to me. Proshyan is a small village on the outskirts of Yerevan where the AYF has held summer camps for several years now.

August 28th, 2014

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The Boy in the Pilibos Polo

The Boy in the Pilibos Polo

I attended Rose and Alex Pilibos my entire life, so you can only imagine my excitement on our first day of jampar in Askeran, Artsakh, when a young boy came to camp in a Pilibos polo shirt, the same one I had worn for 15 years.

August 28th, 2014

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How Youth Corps Changed My Life

How Youth Corps Changed My Life

If you were to tell me at the beginning of this year that I would have to spend almost all of my summer in a developing country, traveling on rocky dirt roads to remote villages where there was a lack of plumbing and running water, with a group of 13 strangers all under the same roof, I would say you’re crazy and “no, thank you.”

August 26th, 2014

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Home

Home

Six weeks passed and here I am sitting in my living room in Los Angeles. Previously I would have called this place “home,” but this summer with AYF Youth Corps has changed a lot of my opinions.

August 22nd, 2014

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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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