July 24, 2013 – Day 8 of Camp Vanadzor
As we draw near the end of Camp Vanadzor, I feel an array of emotions. After spending months preparing for this journey, the thought of it approaching its end is heartbreaking. Before camp started I felt nervous because I did not know what to expect. As day one ended I felt comfort in the fact that I knew how to handle the next two weeks. Now that we only have two days left, I feel an overwhelming sense of sadness. The bond I have created with the children of Vanadzor and with my fellow counsellors is unbreakable. I’m going to miss our daily activities and group chants. I know that as this week comes to an end and the time comes to say our goodbyes to our new family here in our homeland, I won’t be able to control my tears. Even today, one of my campers approached me at the end of the day and said to me that he’s going to miss me and gave me a big hug, the instant tears in my eyes were inevitable. I only hope that I have made a lasting impression in their lives just like they have in mine.
I highly encourage every AYF-er to participate in Camp Vanadzor at least once throughout their AYF life. The sense of reward and gratification is something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. I can confidently say that this will go down as one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
-Sareen Sarmazian – AYF Canada Youth Corps 2013 Volunteer
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