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2011 Volunteers Set and Ready To Go

Plans for the upcoming 2011 campaign are being finalized. This summer, we will be completing the Sourp Astvatzatzin Church in Yeghvard and continue work on the Tchitchkhanavank Monastery in Shirakamut. We have a great, diverse group of volunteers from Armenia, Canada, Syria, and the USA.  20 volunteers from Europe with the OTC (Organisation Terre and Culture) will be joining the 10 LCO volunteers. All the volunteers will be meeting in Yerevan on July 18th and heading to the two work sites. On June 8th, volunteers had an orientation meeting with campaign coordinators in California and SKYPEd with volunteers out of the area.

 

 Arevig Joulakian – Armenia

 

Caleb Anspikian – Canada

 

Haig Choulakian - Canada

 

Meryl Toudjian - Canada

 

Sarkiss Rshdouni – Syria

 

Mark Attarian – California, USA

 

Christopher Geosian – California, USA

 

Nicholas Geosian – California, USA

 

Carineh Ghafafian – California, USA

 

Sebouh Paul – Virginia, USA

 

 On May 7, 2011, LCO-USA held its Annual Membership Meeting in Pasadena, California.  Attendees were briefed on past and current activities.  The 2010 Board was unanimously reelected for 2011.

Haig Manjikian, MD, California – President

 

Nazareth Kevonian, California – Vice President

 

Serj Minassians, California – Secretary

 

George Boudougian, New Jersey – Treasurer

 

Hilda Manjikian, California – Advisor

 

Armen Garapetian, New York – Advisor

  • "There are experiences you shape and then there are experiences that shape you. The LCO Campaign of 2007 in the village of Azat offered me invaluable perceptions into the realities of my fellow Armenian brothers and sisters in a way only a true immersion program can. I urge everyone and anyone who might feel an inkling of belonging to this fascinating country, people, and history to sign up with the campaign immediately. I smile just thinking about what you have yet to experience."
    Noushig K, Azat 2007, CA, USA

  • "Coming back from a 4-day trip to Kharabagh really felt like coming back home, with our family waiting to greet us outside our house. That's when I realised just how attached we'd grown to the place, to our family, to the other volunteers"
    Anoosh Gasparian, Azat 2009, London UK

  • "I went to this trip with no expectations, and came back with a great appreciation for our country.  Life in the village is surreal, the food is beyond delicious and the people are incredibly nice. It was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget!"  Sam Tahmasian, 2009, CA, USA
  • "LCO is an amazing concept. It introduced the deprived Diasporan to their land and their people. It is a wonderful introduction to Armenia and something every young man or woman should experience."
    Madlene Minassian Ispirian, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, Yerevan, Armenia

  • "My most memprable experience was being so warmly taken care by an old village couple, receiving gifts from them, giving them gifts and establishing bonds."
    Naira Der-Kiureghian, Ayroum 2003, CA, USA

  • "...I know that when I reflect back on this experience I will feel ecstatic about the work we accomplished, the things we saw, and the bonds we forged."
    Hovig Saghdejian, Ayroum 2003, California, USA

  • "Dolma is made with mum's careful instructions, grandmothers eyes found on the faces of children, songs of Ararat are as familiar as the Khachkars dotting the landscape. If it smells like home, looks like home then it must be home."
    Datevig Simonian, Shadvan 2004, California, USA

  • "LCO experience was a revelation for me. It gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons both personally and professionally. One of the most important experiences of my life and an important factor in determining my future goals."
    Lara Aharonian, August 1999, August 2001, Montreal, Canada.

  • "I formed strong bonds with my volunteers, and the difference in backgrounds was refreshing. It was interesting to hear the points of view of different Armenians from other areas of the Diaspora."
    Aramazt Kalaydjian, Shoushi 2003, NY, USA

  • "I loved the simplicity of life in the village, the fresh homemade food is wonderful; that people are the friendliest and most hospitable... the children have the most beautiful faces..."
    Sophia Balakian, Shadvan 2004, New York, USA