July 18, 2013 – Day 4 of Camp Vanadzor
I cannot believe almost one week has passed since we began Camp Vanadzor. I have really have come to know the term “time flies” while being in Armenia. Every morning on our walk to the camp I feel so excited to start another day and see all my campers. Working with a team that takes on a group of 70 children, I really did not know what to expect. I was afraid that the differences in the Armenian dialect between the local children and myself would cause some difficulties in communication, but really it has been very minor. I have realized that these children are not so different from the children back in Canada. No matter where you are, kids will be kids and deserve to act like kids. You can just see the enthusiasm in their eyes when we start the next activity. The smiles and laughter I have witnessed so far is something indescribable and very rewarding. These Armenian children are the future of this great nation, and I feel blessed to have made little positive impact on their lives with Camp Vanadzor memories.
I am dreading when this whole experience will soon come to an end. I am having such an amazing time with the Youth Corps group. We have all grown very close and it will be hard to part in the end. I have never had an experience like this in my life. Last year I visited Armenia for the first time as a tourist. I experienced this magical place that I grew up learning about and finally saw everything with my own eyes. But this time around it has been very different. Being here as a volunteer and living close to the locals has really changed my whole perspective on the country. I would like to thank the Armenian Youth Federation of Canada for this amazing eye-opening experience. Only through programs like Youth Corps can someone like me, living in the diaspora, feel as fulfilled as I do right now.
-Levon Sarmazian – AYF Canada Youth Corps 2013 Volunteer
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