Sylvain Vicken Muradian (France)
For many individuals, coming to Armenia as a volunteer is an opportunity to give back to Armenia. For AVC volunteer Sylvain (Vicken) Muradian (2011) it was much more than that.
Vicken, who is from France, not only wanted to give back to his country, but also wanted to grow as a Diasporan Armenian by being immersed in the culture and learning as much as he could.
Vicken took a three month “break” from his career to volunteer. He arrived in Armenia after having spent almost three years working as a consultant in China. In Armenia, Vicken volunteered with the National Competitiveness Foundation on the tourist team, working to catalyze development in strategic sectors of the economy.
One particularly project he worked on and was passionate about was a presentation to potential investors about opening one of Armenia’s many treasurers: the Mozrov cave.
Vicken believes that a volunteer’s time here in Armenia is what they make out of it. “When working with an organization, be open to opportunities you’re given, and be as enthusiastic about the mission as your colleagues are.” Vicken says, “my time volunteering with the National Competitiveness Foundation was fulfilling because I was able to see the difference my work made and appreciate the work of those with whom I served.”