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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".

 

LCO posters showing project locations for the past 20 years

LCO poster was used to show the many locations LCO has been at for the past 20 years, rebuilding and renovating for Armenians in villages along the borders.

Sudents at AGBU Manougian-Demirdjian School.

Many of the students at the school were not aware of the LCO organization, this proved to be a great opportunity for us to educate them about volunteering in Armenia with LCO. We would like to thank Mrs. Anna Yaralian for the opportunity to speak at the school.

If You or your organization is interested in volunteering with LCO, and would like more information or if you would like us to create an info session for your group, please let us know by writing to us using our Contact Us page.

  • "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