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2014 Campaign Underway

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Dinner with the mayor

20 volunteers from Canada, France, Switzerland, and the United States, as well additional volunteers from Armenia are getting ready to begin their summer adventure. Volunteers will begin arriving in Yerevan on July 19th preparing to head off to the campaign sites.

 

This year’s campaigns are continuations of our two current projects. The sites are Shikahogh in the southern Syunik region and Shirakamut in the northern Spitak region of Armenia. The Shikahogh group will continue work on the 16th century Sourp Stepanos Nakhavegah Church. This project began last year with volunteers conducting archaeological digs. This year, the group will begin the dismantling phase. In Shirakamut, volunteers will be working on the construction phase of the 7th-10th century Tchitchkhanavank Church. Anticipated completion date of this historical restoration project is 2015.

As every year, volunteers will live in a village home and become part of the local community. Accompanying the group will be two board members. Joseph Papazian from Organisation Terre et Culture from France and Haig Manjikian from Land and Culture USA. In addition to their work, volunteers will have unique excursions to remote areas of Armenia not usually visited by tourists.

To see all of the pictures from this year's campaign please click on this link.

 

  • "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