Monthly Archives: August 2015

Camp Javakhk: Making an Impact in Dzalka

Camp Javakhk: Making an Impact in Dzalka By U. Mari Tikoyan I hesitantly agreed to attend Camp Javakhk three days before the camp began. The day I was leaving for Georgia, I had second thoughts on participating. I was apprehensive on going because I did not want to leave Yerevan, my job at Orran, or the other AYF interns. However, I am so glad I decided to attend because Javakhk was the highlight of my internship. Camp Javakhk was a once in a lifetime

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Camp Javakhk: The Best Experience I’ve Ever Had

Camp Javakhk: The Best Experience I've Ever Had By U. Meghri Dervartanian It was a quick decision to be a part of Camp Javakhk, and I'm so glad I went! On my way to Armenia to meet the rest of the counselors, I kept telling myself I was crazy for getting myself into this, but I knew there was no turning back.  I told myself I had to make the best of it. Once I got to Armenia and met up with everyone I felt a little more comfortable but still had

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AYF Internship: Questions I Still Have for Armenia

AYF Internship: Questions I Still Have for Armenia By U. Arev Dinkjian How is it possible that every single person is amazing at soccer…errr, I mean futbol? Is there any sort of foolproof way to avoid being thrown into Swan Lake on Vartavar? Who invented basturma? Because, thank you. Is there even a short process to receive your driver’s license? Or is it just like once you can sit up right on your own, you can drive? When is it appropriate to

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AYF Internship: The Non-Armenian Speaker’s Guide to Armenia

AYF Internship: The Non-Armenian Speaker’s Guide to Armenia By U. Arev Dinkjian In comparison to the other AYF interns, my Armenian is extremely limited. But during my two-month stay in the motherland, I’ve come to learn that it’s more than possible to get by with only a few words and phrases. They are as follows: Barev—It simply means “hello.” No matter who you see or where you go, Armenians are eager to greet you and to make you feel

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AYF Internship: Scrubbing in at Arabkir Joint Medical Center

AYF Internship: Scrubbing in at Arabkir Joint Medical Center By U. Narine Taraksian Coming into the AYF Internship, I was worried that I wouldn't get much nursing experience. I knew that the internship would be the best social and cultural experience, but I had my hesitations regarding the internship itself.  However, after working in a hospital here for six weeks now, I realize that I was completely wrong to have those hesitations in the first

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