July 22, 2013 – Day 6 of Camp Vanadzor
We’ve started our second week of camp and I can’t believe it’s almost over. For the past 2 years I’ve heard so many great stories about the camp from many of my friends who had done it in the past, and I’m very grateful and honoured to have the chance to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity this year. While walking to the first day of camp I was very nervous, not knowing what to expect when walking through those doors. When we got to the camp, the number of campers who came to sign up was overwhelming. Before I knew it our group had reached 100 kids. I have experienced being a counsellor at different camps in Toronto but this experience is something different and I have the Armenian Youth Federation to thank. I’ve never seen such enthusiasm and joy in children’s faces than the one’s of my campers. Seeing how much they enjoy the camp and how eager they are to start the day brings me joy. I have found this experience very rewarding and I’m sad that it’s soon going to come to an end. We have all become one big family and have found a new level of appreciation from working together. I have visited Armenia only once before this trip and I would have to say I have never felt more at home than I do right now. Even writing this amongst my fellow counsellors, I’m deeply moved by all the hard work we’ve put in. I have seen the world in a whole new perspective. Seeing how the people in this town live and spend their time makes me feel fortunate for everything I have. I’m glad I can be a part of a program that can bring such joy to the younger generation of Armenia; even if it’s only for a short while.
-Garine Khanamirian – AYF Canada Youth Corps 2013 Volunteer
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