It has already been almost two months since I volunteer with Birthright Armenia, but time passed too quickly. Many interesting things happened during these two months that I don't even know where to start. It was an amazing opportunity to meet wonderful people as well as and rediscover Armenia. What does this mean? I came to Armenia quite often when living in Russia, like many of my other compatriots from the diaspora. But none of these trips revealed life in Armenia in all its manifestations for me. Birthright Armenia program does not offer a cursory acquaintance with Armenia, but a complete immersion in all spheres of life. This is a unique opportunity to feel like a part of Armenian society.
Such a Special Country
Armenia is a special country, where strangers can become relatives. Starting with the coordinators of the Birthright Armenia program, who will surround you with attention and care from the first day, you will immediately feel this amazing spiritual atmosphere. Although the activities of all people in this organization can hardly be called just work, it is more than that. From the study day to this day, I feel support and understanding in all matters related to my stay in Armenia.
The next place where I felt the warmth and boundless Armenian hospitality was my host family. I live with Tikin Haykui (teacher of Armenian language and literature). Her sensitivity, attention, and kindness made me feel home. And thanks to her efforts, I have significantly improved my Armenian. Living with a host family gave me the opportunity to get acquainted with the local life, learn about the peculiarities of culture and communication.
My other many acquaintances happened in organizations in which I became a volunteer. As a history teacher and educational psychologist, I volunteer at educational and development centers for children. Working with children involves full dedication, as well as the interaction of all participants in this difficult process. With the help of my colleagues, I have gained a wonderful experience of working with children of different ages. And the groups in which I am a volunteer are more like a big family.
Gyumri is a City with an Aura
I started my volunteer work in Gyumri, and it was not a random decision. Gyumri is the second city and cultural capital of Armenia. And Gyumri is deservedly considered the capital of Armenian humor. Many difficult trials fell to the lot of the city and its inhabitants, but today Gyumri continues to revive. I discover new amazing places in the city every single day. Sometimes, you even want to get lost in these old and narrow streets to find yourself in small courtyards. There is so much history and so much life in Gyumri!