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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).


AVC Professional Corps: "The volunteer work I perform in Armenia is given in thanksgiving for the delegation from that country that opened my heart and mind to a more global understanding of all people in our world and their needs."

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There are countless ways to say ‘thank you’ to someone or a group of people and equally as many ways to provide assistance. 

Following my father’s passing, I took a critical look at his life and how he applied his faith in God to a philosophy of giving of himself to help others.  I concluded that it seemed like a worthwhile legacy to continue.

Five and a half years ago, I took on a part time employment to help a friend’s family with medical expenses.  After achieving the financial goals established, I looked for other people in need or organizations I could financially assist.

It was around this same time that my family and I began home hosting delegates from other countries through the Open World and Sister City/Sister States programs.  One group of professionals which emanated from Armenia and who came to better understand how some American service organizations were structured, impressed both my family as well as everyone they encountered.

The delegates not only opened their minds to learning how our organizations were structured but also their hearts as they shared their country’s culture and their personal lives of family and friends with everyone they met.

It was through their professional and personal demeanor that I came to better understand how small my thoughts were in the context of helping others.

Beginning in January, 2014, I altered my philosophy from directly giving monies to those in need, to subsidizing my expenses to help others through the sharing of whatever knowledge, skills and/or abilities I may have to give.

In the coming months, I will leave to volunteer in Armenia.  I will work through an organization that has placed me into an Armenian home and provided me volunteer employment.

The volunteer work I perform in Armenia is given in thanksgiving for the delegation from that country that opened my heart and mind to a more global understanding of all people in our world and their needs.







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This summer, be more than just a tourist!

Join AVC's Southern Discovery tour from July 18th-29th and explore some of the ancient and natural gems of Armenia's southern regions while simultaneously contributing to the country's overall growth and development.

AVC's newest program, Voluntourism, is for the more adventurous traveler looking for a great alternative to yet another beach vacation. There are so many still untouched areas in Armenia that offer great ecotourism within walking distance to historic sites, in rural areas with unique opportunities to do rewarding volunteer work. Our 12-day package is the perfect combination of unique tourism activities and rewarding volunteer community service projects.

From the minute you land, AVC will transport you on an all-inclusive adventure into the heart of Armenia.
•    In Yerevan, stay at the beautiful Villa Ayghedzor; visit the Parajanov museum, Erebuni fortress and museum, Tsitsernakaberd, Garni and Geghart, and Lake Sevan
•    Explore cultural and natural sites in Ararat, Vayots Dzor and Syunik, including Khor Virab, Urtsadzor, Areni, Yeghegnadzor, Tatev, Khndzoresk, Jermuk
•    Work side-by-side with local farmers in Masis, and help the villagers bundle their wholesome bounty to market.
•    Enjoy off-roading, hiking, horseback-riding and picnics; ride the world's largest aerial tram; learn how to make lavash and collect honey; see where the world's oldest leather shoe and winepress were discovered!
•    Experience rural life through village homestays and work with local residents in their community center of Gomk
•    Includes all ground transportation, accommodations and meals, guided excursions, and cultural and other activities.
Cost: $1,250

Discover the hidden Armenia with AVC! 





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