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 Araks and her fiancé Frederic live in Milan, Italy and both work for the same large international corporation. Their daily grind is hectic, to say the least. With degrees in International Business Finance and in Economics and Trade Management, Araks has worked in the oil and gas industry for the past six years, primarily as a business analyst. Frederic's focus was Business Administration and Management which he has applied to his work in the same multinational for the past eight years, where he has been responsible for team training, developing retail strategy and ensuring customer excellence.

Last year, Araks and Frederic spent their two-week summer vacation touring Armenia together and planned to return again this summer. This time however, Araks wanted to do more with their holiday than just relax in a beautiful and exciting environment; she was really keen that they do some rewarding and useful work this time. They got to do just that with AVC.

For two weeks, Araks and Frederic, volunteered together at Orran, working with children, playing games and teaching dance classes. Araks was there full-time, while Frederic also worked with a start-up enterprise in the wine industry helping to develop a business plan. And in addition to their volunteer service, they were able to attend forums and gatherings and participate in excursions with other volunteers.

These two lovebirds got the chance to come to a stunning country and enjoy their vacation time making a difference -- win-win-win all-around!

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Ian Davide Bugarin first came to Armenia as a participant in an international training course about volunteerism organized by the Youth In Charge NGO through the ERASMUS+ program.  A presentation to the group about volunteering opportunities in Armenia immediately convinced Ian that he wanted to pursue his professional summer internship in Armenia through AVC.

Ian returned to Armenia three months later. An artist and architect in the making, Ian volunteered at ArchCoop Architectural studio as an architecture intern and at Erebuni Museum and Architectural Reserve where he translated documents into Italian.  His desire to be constantly challenged meant we offered him mulltiple placements.  He did graphic design work at DEEM Communications and research at PINK Armenia.  

Born and raised in Italy, Ian started his volunteering 'career' in earnest in 2012, when joined Eutopia, a youth association based in central Italy that focuses on youth empowerment and promotion in the European Union.  His work with Eutopia has enabled him to attend events and conferences throughout Europe.  As he prepares to begin his second year in Architecture at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, Ian is already looking ahead to next summer and possible internships.  One path seems clear, as his parting words hang in the air: "See you next summer!" 

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Marketa Pavkova's passions are art history, ancient monuments and preservation.  Having discovered Armenia's history and monuments by chance during her study/research semesters in Lyon, France, she determined to visit this ancient nation at the earliest opportunity.

Marketa realized her wish this summer by spending 10 weeks in Armenia volunteering through AVC.  Her placements couldn't have been more perfect!  At Erebuni Museum and Archeological Reserve she developed a proposal for a a tourist card system that would encourage tourists to visit multiple venues by offering discounts and including transportation.   At RAA, Marketa translated a series of documentary films into Czech and then recorded the voiceovers herself.

She enjoyed her two very different placements and the useful and fulfilling work she was able to complete, she says the highlight of her stay in Armenia was her weekend trips outside of Yerevan, many of which she undertook on her own.  Back in Prague now, Marketa is working on plans for a Czech language informational website about Armenia.

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 Lilian Misao Grote from Germany

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Line Knudsen doesn’t have a single drop of Armenia blood. So what could possibly make her want to volunteer in Armenia – not once, but twice? Her childhood friend Tatevik Revazian of course! Line, 24, and Tatevik grew up in the same neighborhood of Kastrup, just outside Copenhagen, and became best friends. Through Tatevik, Line discovered more than all things Armenian; she discovered a burning interest in learning more; she dreamed of visiting Armenia, a country most Danes had never even heard of until this year’s Eurovision contest; she even dreamed of learning the language!

In 2008, Line’s dream came true. She came to Armenia with Tatevik and her family and had a very personally rewarding experience that included lots of sightseeing, but also lots of time spent with Tatevik’s extended family; she delighted in exploring beautiful natural and historic sites and savoring the wonderful hospitality and foods. At the end of that trip Line promised herself that she would definitely return, but for longer the next time. Line did just that in 2011. She came to Armenia for three months as a volunteer with Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC). She was just starting her social work studies at the time and she tells us that the different experiences she had as a volunteer in Armenia inspired her, enabling her to decide on the specifics of her studies. They also helped her discover her self-reliance and determination, and hone her openness and flexibility. And she got to study Armenian together with other AVC and Birthright Armenia volunteers.

Back in Denmark, always active Tatevik, a business school graduate, had a vision of connecting Armenia to Scandinavia. She founded a new organization, AmStream.net, whose mission is to create an innovative pipeline for streaming opportunities and principles between Armenia and Scandinavia in the fields of business, education, science and culture. And of course Line has been an active member of that organization from the outset.

Flash forward to 2014. Line is nearing the end of her studies and can now do an internship abroad – and she has chosen to return to Armenia with AVC. Her next “big Armenia experience”, as she calls it, will center on her professional internship as a social worker working with special needs children; it will be an opportunity for her to gain some valuable real experience in her field. 

But knowing Line, it will most certainly be so much more.

   

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