AVC Volunteer Corps

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AVC Volunteer Corps

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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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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.


AVC Professional Corps: "Just do it."

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Dickran Fabricatorian, age 67, was born in Sudan, grew up in Lebanon and has lived in Australia since he was 18.  Dickran, a scientist, has been very active in the Armenian community his entire life, and has visited Armenia once before in 2007.  

Fluent in Armenian, and with a passion for history, Dickran had a dream the last time he was in Armenia that he would somehow return and work in a museum where he could provide English-language support.  Last fall, AVC helped Dickran realize his dream. 

Dickran was able to use some of his accumulated vacation time to volunteer for two months at the Erebuni Museum and Archeological Reserve and the Metsamor Museum and Archeological Reserve, assisting both institutions with editing and writing greatly needed English language texts for their websites, and a variety of visitor information. 

As Dickran reminds us in his blog post, the ad's got it right.  "Just do it."


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Anoush Jakeman was born and raised in the UK of an Armenian mother and English father.  Although she and her sister attended Armenian school as children and speak some Armenian, Anoush didn't really have much contact with the small and quite disparate Armenian community. 

Her first and only experience of Armenia was many years ago when she spent a month volunteering in Artsakh with Land and Culture Organization (LCO).  She loved that experience and knew she would one day return.  Then her career in the oil and gas industry and work-related travel took over, leaving little time for Armenia. 

In 2013, Anoush, now 36, decided it was finally time to return to Armenia for some more immersion.  Her online search for volunteering opportunities in Armenia brought her to AVC; she requested a leave from work and came to Armenia for two months.  Duringg that time, she taught English to adults at the British Corner, assisted a small business, DEEM Communications with project management and marketing, helped an after school program, Orran, prepare for their year-end show and even found time to do some reasearch for the Armenian Environmental Network (AEN).


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