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Press Releases 2010

Diaspora and Armenia Volunteers experiencing the land and culture

Yeghvard/Shirakamut, Armenia – The Land and Culture Organization (LCO-USA), Organisation Terre and Culture (OTC-France) and Yergeer Yev Meshagiut-Armenia annual summer campaign is in full swing.  During the months of July and August 37 dedicated volunteers from Armenia, Canada, England, France, Syria, and the United States have been hard at work restoring two ancient Armenian churches.

 

2010 Campaign registration closed

 

  Dear potential volunteers, we have reached the maximum number of applicants for this year's campaign and have now closed the application process for the 2010 campaign.  Any applications received after this date, will be considered for the campaign coming up in 2011.

  In July of this year, we will have 14 volunteers from the diaspora going to Yeghvart to help with the interior reconstruction of the Surb Astvatsatsin Chruch.  This year we have volunteers from France, Canada and the Unitest States.  The volunteers will be staying within the village, and will have the opportunity to experience a village life which most people don't experience on a trip to Armenia.  The volunteers will work during the week, and explore the country on the weekends and their surrounding villages.  We look forward to this year's campaign, and will be updating our site with news from the campaign site when possible.

LCO Presents at AGBU School

Diana Ovsepian (Birthright) and Sam Tahmasian (LCO)

On Tuesday, March 16, former volunteers from the Land & Culture Organization and Birthright Armenia, gave a presentation regarding their respective organizations to the junior and senior classes at AGBU Manougian-Demirdjian School in Sherman Oaks, CA.

The former volunteers showed video clips of their organizations and spoke about their experiences in Armenia.  Helping your homeland is not only a fulfilling and enhancing experience as you help your countrymen, but can also effect the volunteer, as they get a view of their homeland as a "local".

 

2010 Campaign Launched

LCO volunteers renovating Yeghvart church.

On February 6 and 7, the Union International de Organisations Terre et Culture (UIOTC)/ Land and Culture Organization (LCO) chapters from the France, United States, Armenia, United Kingdom, and Belgium met this year in Brussels, Belgium for their annual meeting, held in the offices of the European-Armenian Federation. Among the many organizational agenda items, the committee discussed the successful completion of its 2009 projects and plans for the upcoming 2010 campaign. Also during the weekend, 200 people attended a cultural event hosted by the LCO-Belgium chapter in the Haydoon in Brussels, where a presentation of LCO projects throughout the years was made.

  • "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