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[Young Professionals Trip]: YPT Alumni Reunite in NYC standard

Recently, FAR hosted a reunion for the Young Professionals Trip’s alumni in New York City. On May 29th, several alumni gathered on the Diocesan Plaza for a night of great music, delicious food, and engaging conversation. Participants from trips as far back as 1996 shared their experiences – allowing each other to track the progression of the trips. As guests joyfully reminisced to their time in Armenia, they were also introduced to a new way of engaging in positive development in Armenia: FAR’s crowdfunding platform and civic initiative Ayo! raises funds for local solutions to local challenges in Armenia and implements these projects through FAR. The Young Professionals Trip (YPT) serves to bring together the diasporan community to discover their own ...

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[YPT]: FAR Helps Young Professionals Discover Their Own Armenia standard

Arto Vorperian, FAR’s Project Director, has been leading the FAR Young Professionals Trip (YPT) since its inception 19 years ago. This trip takes a small group of young people just on the verge of their professional careers through Armenia and the surrounding regions. The participants spend an incredibly busy 14 days visiting historic and geographic landmarks, discovering the concrete benefits of some of the FAR programs, and meeting with their Armenian young professional counterparts in the hopes of forging lasting relationships. In the two decades since the YPT began running, the local and diasporan Armenian communities have undergone monumental changes. The YPT has changed as well to adapt to the shifting dynamics and demographics of its participants and beneficiaries. For ...

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[YPT]: The Most Resilient, Resourceful, and Obstinate People standard

by Adam Rosenblatt My first experience of Armenia on the FAR Young Professionals trip was nothing short of profound, in all ways. 10 years ago, I was only dimly aware of Armenia’s existence at all. My closest point of reference for the entirety of Armenian culture was Serj Tankian and System of a Down. I began my rather rapid education of all things Armenian in 2010 when I started dating the girl who would eventually be my wife. She lived the first years of her life in Yerevan, and has visited regularly since leaving. She would often make comments like “These bell peppers are nothing like the ones in Armenia,” or “This bread reminds me of Armenian Matnakash, only Matnakash ...

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[YPT]: A Journey of Discovery standard

This year marked the 18th year that enthusiastic young professionals discovered their homeland with FAR during the Young Professionals Trip (YPT) to Armenia 2013. The trip participants, including professionals from the fields of health, journalism, construction management, and music, spent two weeks in Armenia discovering its history, culture, and people. Under the guidance of FAR’s Project Director Arto Vorperian and tour guide, historian, and comedian extraordinaire Galust Hovsepyan, the YPs explored monumental historical sites, such as Garni, Ambert, Sardarabad, and the tomb of Mesrob Mashots. They also discovered the wealth of the Christian Armenian faith in the churches of Geghard, Saghmosavank, St. Hripsime, St. Gayane, Khor Virab, Noravank, and the majestic Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. The highlights of the cultural ...

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[Young Professionals Trip]: FAR Young Professionals Visits to GTech standard

On July 13, 2013 FAR’s Young Professionals visited GTech. GTech Executive Director Amalya Yeghoyan welcomed the guests from the USA, Argentina, and Belgium and gave them a tour of the facilities. During their visit, the YPs met with GTech staff, instructors, and students, and learned about GTech’s role in IT development in Gyumri. The group met with GTech Solutions team members, learned about their current projects, and even learned some details about Search Engine Optimization from GTech specialists. The guests also happened to be visiting on one of the thesis defense days and, as an added bonus, watched some thesis presentations and were introduced to numerous exciting mobile apps developed by GTech students.

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[Young Professionals Trip]: A Flag for Ani. standard

By Maral Firkatian Wozniak As FAR’s Young Professionals traveled through eastern Turkey this summer, they carried with them precious cargo: an Armenian flag, blessed by the priest of St. Kevork church in Javakhk. After praying at St. Kevork church, the group was invited to have coffee and gata. The priest presented Arto Vorperian, FAR’s Project Director and Young Professionals Trip leader, with the blessed flag and incense so that the group could bring the flag with them to Ani. In the Cathedral of Ani, the group opened the flag on the altar as a testament to the Armenian spirit in the land. They burned the incense to revive the ancient Armenian church. The smoke dispersed throughout the cavernous cathedral, lingering ...

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[Young Professionals Trip]: Visit to Eastern Turkey a Powerful Component of the 2012 Young Professionals Trip. standard

By Maral Firkatian Wozniak The desolate landscape bears few markers of the sprawling, illustrious Armenian capital that once dominated the area. Ani was known as the “city of a thousand and one churches.” Now, the haggard skeletons of a few structures remain the only reminders of what was once one of the world’s largest medieval cities. Uninhabited for more than three centuries, Ani was one of the stops on the recent Fund for Armenian Relief Young Professionals Trip. Including eastern Turkey in the trip’s itinerary added a new level of depth for the participants as they explored the land that is no longer Armenian but where remnants of Armenian influence still remain. Arto Vorperian, FAR’s Project Director who leads the ...

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[FAR Young Professionals]: Highlights from the 2012 YP Trip: Visit to Gyumri. standard

By Tamar Gasparian The 2012 Young Professionals Trip itinerary included a day in Gyumri, which began with a visit to Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech). The Young Professionals toured the Center and learned about its history from Executive Director Amalya Eghoyan. They also had an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the Center’s instructors and its students. After the visit to GTech the Young Professionals visited the Nishan & Margrit Senior Center in Gyumri, one of the five soup kitchens operated by FAR in Armenia. They arrived right at lunchtime and got an opportunity to see the high quality of nutritious meals that are served daily to Gyumri’s vulnerable elderly population. The Young Professionals introduced themselves to these “grandmothers” ...

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[FAR Young Professionals]: Young Professionals Participants Visit the FAR Children’s Center. standard

By Tamar Gasparian On June 20th, the Young Professionals Trip participants visited the FAR Children’s Center. After getting a tour of the facility from Executive Director Mira Antonyan, several children put on a dance performance. Another group played piano and gave a little concert, singing songs by Komitas. The Young Professionals also visited a few of the children in the art therapy studio and were able to enjoy the children’s amazing silk paintings that appear in many rooms throughout the Center. The visit concluded with a meeting with Dr. Antonyan, where they learned more details about the Center’s mission and history. The group left with mixed emotions — many were sad to see so many children in Armenia who have ...

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[FAR Young Professionals]: Young Professionals Participants Visit the FAR Children's Center. standard

By Tamar Gasparian On June 20th, the Young Professionals Trip participants visited the FAR Children’s Center. After getting a tour of the facility from Executive Director Mira Antonyan, several children put on a dance performance. Another group played piano and gave a little concert, singing songs by Komitas. The Young Professionals also visited a few of the children in the art therapy studio and were able to enjoy the children’s amazing silk paintings that appear in many rooms throughout the Center. The visit concluded with a meeting with Dr. Antonyan, where they learned more details about the Center’s mission and history. The group left with mixed emotions — many were sad to see so many children in Armenia who have ...

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