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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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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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