Author Archive of Adinkjian

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: Realizing the Value of “Khaghank” at Orran

AYF Internship: Realizing the Value of "Khaghank" at Orran By U. Arev Dinkjian My Armenian is far from perfect. And even with the few Armenian words that I do know, I was still left defenseless in front of a group of children who spoke a dialect much different from my own. I thought I would hate it here. I thought I would be completely lost. But then, the children of Orran taught me the only thing I needed to know: "Khaghank," which means “let’s

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AYF Internship: Learning Teamwork at COAF Camp

AYF Internship: Learning Teamwork at COAF By U. Arev Dinkjian In the United States, “works well with others” is a description you wear with pride. It’s a skill that not everyone has. It’s rare, even. But in the village of Lenagog, I found something special. Everyone works well with others—it’s how they were raised. I very clearly remember the absolute distress I felt as an elementary school student when the teacher would utter those horrible

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AYF Internship 2015: My Ararat, My Armenia by U. Arev Dinkjian

My Ararat, My Armenia: AYF-YOARF Internship 2015 By Ungerouhi Arev Dinkjian I’ve been on enough planes in my day to know the procedure—keep carry-on items in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you, stay seated with your buckle fastened, no smoking.  After a day of flying, I walked down the aisle of another tiny Aeroflot plane, this time searching for seat 36E. It was the last leg of my trip. Two and a half more hours and

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