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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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[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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[YPT]: Exciting Volunteer Opportunity through Birthright Armenia. standard

Thanks to Birthright Armenia this amazing opportunity to volunteer in Armenia is open to all. However, to make your Armenia experience complete we do encourage applicants to also join our FAR Young Professionals Trip (YPT) 2012. This year FAR 17th Annual Young Professionals Trip (YPT) to Armenia is scheduled for June 17th to June 30th. This is the second year that the group will also visit Eastern Turkey and attend historic monuments in places like Ani, Van and Kars. In Armenia the group will not only visit the most famous tourist attractions but will discover Armenia at a different level by engaging with government and religious leaders in official state visits. For all young professionals this trip is always very ...

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[GTech]: 2011 YPT Participant Supports GTech Students. standard

By Arpine Sargsyan Susan Ekisian, a participant on this year’s Young Professionals Trip, has decided to “adopt” a GTech student for two years. For Susan, a native of Montreal, who now lives and works in Boston, YPT was her first visit to Armenia. After visiting GTech and getting acquainted with the center’s activities, its goals and mission, she decided to make a donation in loving memory of her father Setrak Ekisian and pay for two years of tuition for 17-year-old Volodya Avetisyan. GTech thanks her profusely for this generous donation. Susan Ekisian, 2011 YPT participant supports GTech students Credit: Arpine Sargsyan

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: A Message from YPT Participant and FAR Intern. standard

Hasmig Tatiossian recently spent a month in Armenia, first as a participant in the Hayastani Kidak Society’s Young Professionals Trip. A FAR ACYOA intern, she also spent time working with FAR staff, visiting project sites and spending time at the FAR Children’s Center. Below is a note she sent to staff a week after returning to the U.S. Dear FAR team, It’s now been a week that I’ve returned to New Jersey, and have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about my experiences there, with you, at many of the FAR project sites and the Children’s Center. I appreciated the time you spent introducing the projects to me and answering my numerous questions. I was particularly moved by my ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: FAR’s Intern(s) in Armenia – Samantha – Farewell. standard

By Samantha McQueen The cliché must be true… my travels truly have changed me and Armenia will always be a part of my life. At the same time I think I left a chunk of myself there, too. Not only in the sense that my sleeping patterns are still stuck in Yerevan time, but I don’t think I could feel complete without returning again. I finally see what the Diaspora has been fighting for. Armenians love their land and they are a crucial part of it. Through the wars and genocide, they have fought for the right to remain Armenian while holding onto the values of hard work and family. Farmers climb uphill for four hours to find fresh grass ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: FAR’s Intern(s) in Armenia – Samantha – Nagorno Karabakh. standard

By Samantha McQueen I’m back in Yerevan for the final time before flying back home to America. It’s bittersweet to return for a third time, as this city is starting to feel like a home base for me, however short lived. The seven hour trip from Karabakh was a little painful but knowing I have one full day left doesn’t allow much time for laziness. I need to be in full tourist mode. Karabakh was definitely a change from other areas we have visited. The people drive flashier cars and show extreme desire for independence of their land while struggling with international recognition as an individual state. It’s a blossoming territory; with modern sculptures along the central square of Stepanakert ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: FAR’s Intern(s) in Armenia – Samantha – En Route to Karabakh. standard

By Samantha McQueen We left Yerevan to head to the Syunik region down south on our way to Karabakh. The roads were filled with actual Armenian cowboys and donkeys devouring the surprisingly green grass. It was interesting to see the different and naturally-occurring resources in the Armenian hills. The natives use the weeds to make Ourts tea and the valleys are filled with pomegranate, walnut, and hazelnut trees. It was breathtaking. Armenians are a very resourceful community. And now since we’ve arrived… Tatev is my new favorite tourist destination! Not only did we drive through the world’s most exciting (and notably motion sickness-inducing) roads, but I actually touched a cloud. It’s disappointing that only 20% of Armenia’s tourists visit the ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: FAR’s Intern(s) in Armenia – Samantha – Holy Etchmiadzin and FAR in Yerevan. standard

By Samantha McQueen Today we toured Etchmiadzin and had the opportunity to meet with His Holiness Karekin II. He was casual in his conversation and I think he truly impressed the group with his personality. I was a little nervous to ask about the Church’s involvement with social issues that have become political debates in America, but he was very diplomatic in his response and said that he understood the world is full of different opinions. I didn’t even mean for him to actually discuss the issues, but he was willing to share his thoughts. He seems to understand the concerns of the younger generation. Later in the day, I met with the FAR staff to work on some accounting ...

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