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How Jampar Saved My Armenian

How Jampar Saved My Armenian

I didn’t realize how much I missed the Armenian language until we came to Gyumri and started camp, also known as Jampar. Going from having Armenian classes every day for 8 years, to a private American high school where there were only about 5 Armenians, to Santa Clara University, where I have yet to meet a fellow Armenian, I was starting to lose touch with my roots and culture....


Emotions Running Wild

Emotions Running Wild

Days before Camp Martuni began, I was nervous and anxious. It’s my first time participating in Youth Corps so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. You can say my emotions were running wild......


My first day in Gyumri…

My first day in Gyumri…

I am currently sitting in Digin Lilig’s living room with a few of my fellow Youth Corps participants and I am questioning how I ended up here. Just over a week ago, I was in Los Angeles and now I am sitting in a host family’s house in the middle of Gyumri with 13 other......


It’s Only Been a Week in Gyumri

It’s Only Been a Week in Gyumri

It’s only been a week in Gyumri and I can’t believe our first week of Jampar is over. Here we are, approaching another hectic week of activities, games, and educationals with 200 Gyumretsi kids – and I’m so excited!...


After an 11-hour drive to Martuni…

After an 11-hour drive to Martuni…

After an 11-hour drive to Martuni in a 15-passanger van filled with suitcases, smelly bodies and no air conditioning, the idea of a shower sounded like a dream. Around midnight, we were able to settle into our new home for the next 2 weeks and meet our host family. I asked where their shower was, [...]...


Howdy from Martuni!

Howdy from Martuni!

Let us begin by introducing ourselves! We’re three AYF Youth Corps participants from Houston, Texas......


One of those sleepless nights…

One of those sleepless nights…

I couldn’t sleep tonight… I am less than a week away from going to Armenia, and I’m already having dreams of the kids I’m going to meet and the memories I’m going to make with all of the other ungers and ungerouhis. This is my first time participating in AYF Youth Corps. Every time I [...]...


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