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[GTech]: Birthright Armenia Volunteer Assists at GTech. standard

Mark Perdue, a volunteer with Birthright Armenia, is currently spending his two-month-long volunteer assignment at FAR’s Gyumri Information Technology Center, where he will assist the administration department until the end of October. Born in Burlingame, Mark graduated from San-Francisco State University and has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a concentration in network administration. He now lives in San-Francisco. “All the people I have met so far in Gyumri, have been some of the must generous and kind people I have come across,” he said when asked about his first impressions. “I was pleasantly surprised upon my first visit to Gtech. The equipment and the employees are top notch.” Thank you, Mark for your generosity. Credit: FAR Staff

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[FAR New York]: AVC Volunteers Foster Service, Leadership, and Community in Armenia. standard

Via The Armenian Weekly YEREVAN—Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan once said, “No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” President Barack Obama recently concurred: “The need for action always exceeds the limits of government.” The Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) wholeheartedly agrees and apparently so do the volunteers who come to Armenia from all over the world. Forty-three volunteers, from 21-55 years of age, came to Armenia this summer from Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Greece, United Kingdom, France, Jordan, and the United States. They served in governmental, private and non-profit sectors including, but not limited to, the Gyumri IT Center, Historic Armenian Houses, Foundation for the Preservation of ...

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[FAR Partnerships | ACYOA Dispatches]: Trip to Armenia Becomes a Character Building Experience. standard

When Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) established the American Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) in 1946, his aim was to join the two directions of the new Armenian-American generation’s education – Christian and Armenian. The 2010 ACYOA ASP Group Credit: FAR Staff Pursuing the same purpose, the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) has been organizing pilgrimages to the homeland in recent years. This summer, the ACYOA’s Armenia Service Program (ASP) partnered with FAR to focus volunteering efforts on FAR projects in Gyumri. During the trip (June 29 – July 20), the ASP group worked at FAR’s Ounjian School, which is undergoing renovations, and at the FAR Soup ...

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[FAR Partnerships | ACYOA Dispatches]: Khachkars. standard

By Katrina Shakarian Our week in Gyumri is behind us. We’ve since visited the Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries in Lori Marz. We continued onto the town of Dilijan, where ASPers toured Goshavank monastery.  From there, we visited the village of Noraduz and Lake Sevan. Noraduz is a cemetery that was in use between the 7th and 17th centuries.  Currently, it houses  largest collection of Khachkars in a single location.  Khachkars are a distinctly Armenian art form. From a single slab of rock, craftsman carved out a rectangle. They’d adorn it with a cross, surrounded by intricate patterns. Many of them tell stories. Credit: Katrina Shakarian Khachkars were commissioned to commemorate events like a birth, or death. Today, Armenians adorn their tombstones with pictures of the dead; a ...

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[FAR Partnerships | ACYOA Dispatches]: Vernissage. standard

By Katrina Shakarian Vernissage is an open air market near Yerevan’s Republic Square. It’s open for business on Saturday and Sunday. ASP-ers spent their last Saturday in Armenia scouring its stalls for keepsakes to take home. In just a few blocks you can find paintings, sculptures, needlepoint work, backgammon boards, jewelry, posters, electronics, carpets, coffee sets, woodwork, ceramics, books, and much more. It’s overwhelming to make your way through the market. We spent the afternoon dodging its crowds and negotiating prices in our distinct “Armenglish” dialect. Needless to say, we all left Vernissage with full hands and empty pockets. Impressions from Vernissage Credit: By Katrina Shakarian

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[FAR Partnerships | ACYOA Dispatches]: Lake Sevan. standard

By Arman Ayrapetyan Nothing on this three-week trip has topped the excitement of climbing the mountains around Lake Sevan. Together our group scaled the steep mountainside along with Tigran, our tour guide. It felt as though we would never make it to the top, and I had some thoughts of calling it quits, but I forced myself to finish the climb. As we got higher, it started getting colder, our ears started to pop, and for me, it became increasingly harder to breathe. At the top of the tallest mountain we climbed, sat what we thought was a lightning rod, surrounded by a wide field. Lake Sevan was a great view from the top, and our hotel was as small ...

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[FAR Partnerships | ACYOA Dispatches]: Visit to Khor Virab. standard

By Paul Derderian On July 18, we visited Khor Virab, the pit where St. Gregory resided for 13 years before healing King Drtad through prayer.  Khor Virab truly surpassed our expectations.  Mt. Ararat was the first thing we saw as we pulled up to the parking lot.  It was the closest view of the mountain we had seen yet.  I was instantly in awe of the beautiful sight — our motherland. Credit: Paul Derderian After we climbed the stone steps leading  to the church at Khor Virab, we participated in Badarak.  The Divine Liturgy was held in a church across from St. Gregory’s chapel, which contains an entranceway to the infamous pit.  The liturgy was beautiful; the choir had a ...

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