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Temporary Tattoos

Temporary Tattoos

Last week, Arsen walked in to Camp Martuni with a bright blue temporary tattoo on his left hand. I told him I want one, and sure enough, the following day, he walked in with a tattoo for me. The tattoo took four tries to stamp on. The image was a Barbie doll, my favorite childhood toy. It lasted in its full form for three days, and every day it faded more and more....


Giving Back to Gyumri

Giving Back to Gyumri

I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks in Gyumri through AYF Youth Corps and the imprint that this city and its people have left on my heart is unimaginable. Although leading, organizing, and disciplining about 180 children at camp may be exhausting at times on me and my fellow counselors, it is all worth it each and every day....


Say hello to our little friend…

Say hello to our little friend…

Say hello to our little friend, Artur. Artur is a 5'0” Karabakhtsi 17-year-old who was assigned to take care of us during our time in Karabakh, and boy, is he a character!...


Thirteen Friends and Counting

Thirteen Friends and Counting

Thirteen strangers living together in Gyumri, But it did not turn out how I expected it to be......


A Birthday in Martuni

A Birthday in Martuni

On Monday, I had the privilege of celebrating my 20th birthday in Martuni. Since I'm away from home once again, I wasn't really expecting too much, because we have all been preoccupied with camp activities. ...


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......


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