July 25, 2013 – Day 9 of Camp Vanadzor
As the last day of camp approaches, I am filled with all sorts of different emotions. I remember seeing the kids on the very first day, eagerly waiting outside the school to start their two weeks with us. Right after my very first interaction with the campers, I knew they would change my life. The kids of Vanadzor have taught me that the simplest things in life are the best things. Having taught the kids different songs, dances, games and crafts, I truly hope I have made a difference in their lives, as they have truly made a difference in mine.
I must mention the wonderful counsellors who have been on this journey with me. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to be a part of and work along side. The connection we have made with each other, along with the campers, is something I will cherish forever. I’m not sure how I will be able to part ways with the campers, counsellors and the city of Vanadzor, but I’m sure I’ll be filled with lots of tears. All AYF Canada members should experience Camp Vanadzor because it truly is a once in a life time opportunity; one that I will never forget.
-Lori Mildounian – AYF Canada Youth Corps 2013 Volunteer
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