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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia -Northern Armenia, The Weight of Past. standard

Gyumri was our first stop on the Young Professionals tour of Northern Armenia.  Each of us had images from the earthquake in our minds, but sadly no one expected to see a city still so devastated twenty years later. The charms Gyumri, the second biggest city of Armenia, are today buried under the remnants of the Soviet Union and a layer of rumble that still remains after the earthquake.  Visiting FAR’s target=_blank>GTech, Soup Kitchen and Music School projects gave us a unique opportunity to gain insight into the hardships of life in Gyumri, and the work that FAR is doing to improve peoples’ lives in the city. Next, we moved on to see Alaverdi, and the monasteries of Haghpat and ...

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[FAR Health Programs | CME]: Musical Support for Salzburg International Medical Seminars. standard

In the main concert hall of Yerevan State Medical University, FARFAA (FAR Fellowship Alumni Organization) Salzburg Group, together with the Yerevan State Medical University and Youth Orchestra of Armenia, held an elegant benefit concert to support Salzburg International Medical Seminars and its Schloss Arenberg center, recently damaged by a fire. A highlight of the evening was the announcement that an Armenian Lounge will be opened in Schloss Arenberg after its reconstruction. Over 450 Armenian physicians have received training from The American Austrian Foundation’s Salzburg Medical Seminars program, which has seen the participation of 10,000 physicians from countries in transition.  Through this program, FAR’s medical program participants gain access to over 1000 faculty members from the leading American medical institutions such ...

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[FAR Health Programs | CME]: Musical Support for Salzburg International Medical Seminars. standard

In the main concert hall of Yerevan State Medical University, FARFAA (FAR Fellowship Alumni Organization) Salzburg Group, together with the Yerevan State Medical University and Youth Orchestra of Armenia, held an elegant benefit concert to support Salzburg International Medical Seminars and its Schloss Arenberg center, recently damaged by a fire. A highlight of the evening was the announcement that an Armenian Lounge will be opened in Schloss Arenberg after its reconstruction. Over 450 Armenian physicians have received training from The American Austrian Foundation’s Salzburg Medical Seminars program, which has seen the participation of 10,000 physicians from countries in transition.  Through this program, FAR’s medical program participants gain access to over 1000 faculty members from the leading American medical institutions such ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – First Glimpse of Yerevan. standard

I was three and a half years old when the earthquake ravaged the north-west part of Armenia.  Because of my young age,  I couldn’t apprehend the notion of time.  One day back in France, feeling very self-confident , I walked up to my grandpa and told him, “Now I understand why you are here. Your parents fled from the earthquake!” Today, while leaving a flower on the genocide memorial, I envisioned the shy smile that my grandpa had on his face and clearly remembered his answer, “No that’s not it,” he said. Visiting the Genocide Memorial was a very emotional moment for all of the Young Professionals in the group, especially for one of the women who had grown up with her great-grandmother telling genocide ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – First Glimpse of Yerevan. standard

I was three and a half years old when the earthquake ravaged the north-west part of Armenia.  Because of my young age,  I couldn’t apprehend the notion of time.  One day back in France, feeling very self-confident , I walked up to my grandpa and told him, “Now I understand why you are here. Your parents fled from the earthquake!” Today, while leaving a flower on the genocide memorial, I envisioned the shy smile that my grandpa had on his face and clearly remembered his answer, “No that’s not it,” he said. Visiting the Genocide Memorial was a very emotional moment for all of the Young Professionals in the group, especially for one of the women who had grown up with her great-grandmother telling genocide ...

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[FAR PRR]: A Diasporan in Armenia standard

Jason Paul Kazarian from Texas discovers Gyumri and its young talents in unique way. Life in Gyumri is a far cry from Texas for Jason Paul Kazarian. But when the opportunity arose to fill the vacant Executive Director position at the Gyumri Information Technologies Center (GITC/GTech), he accepted it without hesitation. Moving 5,000 miles away from his home country provided quite the lifestyle change for Mr. Kazarian, both professionally and personally. But the vision and goals he had for GITC prompted his move and have remained his priority. To read the full release, please click here. Jason Paul Kazarian showing GITC to visitors Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – First Day, First Impressions. standard

I never thought of myself as an Armenian until I visited Armenia for the first time last year.  In fact, I didn’t know much about Armenian culture, despite the fact that I was raised in an Armenian district in Marseilles, France. This year, walking out of the Zvarnots airport brought a big smile to my face: I felt like I was back home. Before beginning my internship for FAR in the Yerevan office, I will have the opportunity to take part in FAR’s Young Professionals Trip.  Traveling with six other diasporans, I have visited today FAR’s office, Garni and Geghard. I have to admit that I do not speak Armenian.  However, this didn’t prevent me from engaging conversation with local ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – First Day, First Impressions. standard

I never thought of myself as an Armenian until I visited Armenia for the first time last year.  In fact, I didn’t know much about Armenian culture, despite the fact that I was raised in an Armenian district in Marseilles, France. This year, walking out of the Zvarnots airport brought a big smile to my face: I felt like I was back home. Before beginning my internship for FAR in the Yerevan office, I will have the opportunity to take part in FAR’s Young Professionals Trip.  Traveling with six other diasporans, I have visited today FAR’s office, Garni and Geghard. I have to admit that I do not speak Armenian.  However, this didn’t prevent me from engaging conversation with local ...

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