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I knock on the door and come in. It is the time of Turkish Club. One of the participants reads “sach uzu, acly kisa, then translates “long hair, short brain”. - Our elders also say so, - the other participants add with laughter and then continue reading. It has been 2 years since 2016 that Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO has been implementing Turkish Club. The club leader is YIC member Karapet Ayvazyan, who has lived in Istanbul for several years and now shares his knowledge with the club's participants. He says everything started with one of YIC hiking days. This was the first time he got acquainted with the organization and came with the idea of...


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For a long time, I had been appealing to different institutions, both governmental and non-governmental organisations, to participate in international programs, but for some reason, or sometimes, without reason, it was not possible to overcome the established competition threshold and all I got were… refusals. A good friend of mine, Gayane, who was well-informed about all my efforts and attempts, advised me to visit one organization in Gyumri. She, in fact, knew that organization's mission, fair and impartial working style. And of course she knew the staff, which, fortunately, was not the staff I imagined. The organization was Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO...


Christian
Do you know the movie Lost and Found in Armenia? Well, long story short it’s about this guy who, more or less randomly, ends up in Armenia. Unlike the protagonist of the movie who’s American, I’m from Denmark, or Dania as people like to call it here, and I didn’t get abducted by a plane while I was parachuting in Turkey, but just like him I suddenly found myself in an alien country with a strange language, culture, and customs. “How did I end up here?”, I kept asking myself in the start. Since the summer of 2016 where I participated in an international volunteer project in France, I knew that I wanted to spend my year before university abroad by volunteering...


elina
  If you would have told me a year ago that I will sit now in an NGO office in Armenia I would probably start to laugh and tell you that you are crazy. Mainly because I never heard anything about Armenia and it was never a country I thought I will visit. But yeah, now I’m here. And I’m really happy about it. Armenia is really different (and sometimes really weird) from everything I know starting from the language to the public transport. I think the first cultural shock I had was when I saw the Marschrutkas. I remember me looking at them for the first time and thinking “What the hell is that?“ and this thought accompanied myself through the whole time ...


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I have heard about YIC from my friends who lives in Gyumri and I started to follow their activities. It is already two years I have been interested in their activities but before, when I used to live and study in Yerevan, unfortunately I was not able to be involved in various activities and events. But I had a goal to come back to Gyumri and be involved in their activities as a volunteer because they have been focused on youth's problems in my lovely city. And finally in June 2016 a 4 days seminar was organized by Youth Initiative Center NGO with the support of RAM Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. The topic of the seminar was “ Youth work and Youth workers” and...


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I have heard about YIC since I was in high school. Because of having very little time to have my contribution in the activities of the organization I could not join at the time. I joined YIC in 2015 when I was participating in a training course in Georgia. With YIC I broadened my perspective of how I can develop my project ideas for farther implementation. To gain more skills I am also taking part in training courses. I am also volunteering in the organization during which I also made many friends. During the all kinds of volunteering projects and training courses I had the chance learn about cultures of different countries, interact with different people and discover m...


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I was a second year student, when the representatives of Gyumri "Youth Initiative Centre" NGO visited our college: Shirak State Regional College to present the organization's activities and volunteering opportunities. At that time I didn't take part actively in non-governmental organizations activities and had no idea what it was, how it worked and I did not think there would come a day I would be involved  in activities of any organization. I remember that at that meeting I was attentively listening to the representatives of the organization and gave a lot of questions. Learning the organization's address, the same day we visited organization with our college ...


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I remember the day when I went to take part in the YIC's English club. At that time, I almost did not know anything about YIC and had no idea about their clubs. Having desire to learn about the different clubs of YIC, I asked if they had a dance club, because I love to dance and I dance since childhood. When I learned that there is no dance club, I wanted to be a volunteer at YIC. At first I only visited YIC to run the dance group, and then over time I realized how many things the volunteering can give to and decided to take part in organizing activities to in an event dedicated to the International Youth Day 2016. I remember that day in very bright colors. Volunteerin...