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[FAR Yerevan]: Samantha McQueen. standard

FAR would like to welcome Samantha McQueen to our summer staff. She is working in the New York office as an intern and remains with us through August. Samantha is an Armenian-American university student and hopes to learn more about the logistics of a non-profit organization before continuing studies in public policy. Her experience includes event planning and marketing with UNICEF Italia. If you could not tell by the name alone, her Scottish Ancestry complements Samantha’s Armenian background. We are sure she will be using this perspective to post her experiences on FAR’s Blog. Please follow her through her internship as she provides a glimpse into the organization from her point-of-view. Samantha is also updating our Facebook, including both the ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – We’ll miss you, Celine. standard

By Levon Lachikyan Prior to her internship at the FAR Yerevan Office, Celine Kaladjian had an opportunity to participate in the FAR Young Professionals’ Trip, which gave her a great opportunity to tour the country with other young Armenians. However, this was not Celine’s first trip to Armenia. Born in Marseilles, France, Celine was raised in an Armenian district of the city. Currently, Celine studies at University of Bordeaux III (France). She first discovered Armenia in stories documented by her great-grandparents, emigrants from Western Region of Armenia in 1922. But only the death of Celine’s grandparents in 2005 motivated her to visit Armenia for the first time. In June 2009, Celine visited Armenia for the second time. On her second ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – We’ll miss you, Celine. standard

By Levon Lachikyan Prior to her internship at the FAR Yerevan Office, Celine Kaladjian had an opportunity to participate in the FAR Young Professionals’ Trip, which gave her a great opportunity to tour the country with other young Armenians. However, this was not Celine’s first trip to Armenia. Born in Marseilles, France, Celine was raised in an Armenian district of the city. Currently, Celine studies at University of Bordeaux III (France). She first discovered Armenia in stories documented by her great-grandparents, emigrants from Western Region of Armenia in 1922. But only the death of Celine’s grandparents in 2005 motivated her to visit Armenia for the first time. In June 2009, Celine visited Armenia for the second time. On her second ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Yerevan Disconnected from the Web. standard

On July 13th, I went, as usual, to FAR’s Yerevan office to begin my day’s work.  However, on that particular day, we had no electricity and therefore no Internet.  After an hour, I realized that all hope was lost and I decided to go on a hunt through Yerevan for Internet. After dropping by my fiancé’s office, it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to get a connection in the downtown area.  Therefore, I decided to go to some internet cafes outside of Yerevan’s city center. But alas, still no internet. I was told “it happens!” in a very matter-of-fact way. Yerevan is not New York: in Yerevan, if you lose internet, you don’t worry about it.  You just ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Yerevan Disconnected from the Web. standard

On July 13th, I went, as usual, to FAR’s Yerevan office to begin my day’s work.  However, on that particular day, we had no electricity and therefore no Internet.  After an hour, I realized that all hope was lost and I decided to go on a hunt through Yerevan for Internet. After dropping by my fiancé’s office, it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to get a connection in the downtown area.  Therefore, I decided to go to some internet cafes outside of Yerevan’s city center. But alas, still no internet. I was told “it happens!” in a very matter-of-fact way. Yerevan is not New York: in Yerevan, if you lose internet, you don’t worry about it.  You just ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Armenian Hospitality. standard

On a recent Saturday evening, I fled the sizzling heat of Yerevan for the countryside near Aparan.  I had decided to go camping near the river with some Armenian, Iranian and French friends. The surrounding scenery was heavenly: vibrant flowers covering the fields and beehives clinging to the hills.  Just as we were packing our things to go back to the city, two men arrived by car, inviting us to a meal and a game of chess. Since we all had to be in Yerevan by evening, we tried to decline their invitation to travel to their homes for dinner. Needless to say, we did not succeed. They packed most of us in their battered car and our one friend ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Armenian Hospitality. standard

On a recent Saturday evening, I fled the sizzling heat of Yerevan for the countryside near Aparan.  I had decided to go camping near the river with some Armenian, Iranian and French friends. The surrounding scenery was heavenly: vibrant flowers covering the fields and beehives clinging to the hills.  Just as we were packing our things to go back to the city, two men arrived by car, inviting us to a meal and a game of chess. Since we all had to be in Yerevan by evening, we tried to decline their invitation to travel to their homes for dinner. Needless to say, we did not succeed. They packed most of us in their battered car and our one friend ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Back to City Life. standard

After spending a few days in northern Armenia, the Young Professionals have now returned to Yerevan. Our group is not known for being on time. However, this morning everyone was standing in front of the hotel at 9:00AM. The reason? We were going to meet His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catolicos of all Armenians, in Echmiadzin. Amy and I do not speak Armenian, and yet we were taught the sentence we had to use to address the Catolicos upon meeting him. We intensely rehearsed, hoping there would be no faux-pas. When our group entered the room, we felt very relieved, as we realized that His Holiness Karekin II felt comfortable around young people, and preferred not to ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Back to City Life. standard

After spending a few days in northern Armenia, the Young Professionals have now returned to Yerevan. Our group is not known for being on time. However, this morning everyone was standing in front of the hotel at 9:00AM. The reason? We were going to meet His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catolicos of all Armenians, in Echmiadzin. Amy and I do not speak Armenian, and yet we were taught the sentence we had to use to address the Catolicos upon meeting him. We intensely rehearsed, hoping there would be no faux-pas. When our group entered the room, we felt very relieved, as we realized that His Holiness Karekin II felt comfortable around young people, and preferred not to ...

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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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