Internship in Armenia

AYF Internship 2016: Vardavar in Yerevan

AYF Internship 2016: Vardavar in Yerevan By U. Nina Vosbigian They say that time flies when you're having fun, and I completely agree! It's crazy that a month has gone by already on the AYF Internship. Throughout the past few weeks we have had the opportunity to go on many excursions as well as work every day. The sights of Armenia never fail to amaze me. As many times as I have been to the beautiful structures of Sardarabad and the amazing monuments

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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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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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