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A journey to remember

I am a volunteer in the Young Citizens of Armenia project at KASA Swiss Humanitarian Foundation. I am also a student in the department of Translation Studies at YSU. This year I decided to take a break from my heavy university schedule and to enjoy my summer vacations somewhere else. I had been looking for a short-term EVS project for a long time and finally I found one in Bulgaria. So I decided not to miss my chance to travel and to have new adventures. At first, everybody (including me) was surprised at my choice because I had never been interested in visiting Bulgaria. Moreover, the project is devoted to archeology which has nothing in common with my profession. However I was lucky enough to be selected by my host organization and now I’m here enjoying my time in the beautiful Balkans. Continue reading A journey to remember

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Art for Social Change

10736144_792453707460265_1252856621_nOn 21st October the English club of “Young Citizens of Armenia” project hosted Andre Simonian, the lead singer and founder of  The Beautified Project to share his knowledge and experience in “Art for Social Change”. Andre  had  a lively discussion  with the participants in a very warm and friendly atmosphere. Andre was sharing interesting stories and ideas on how the people in  art, and in general, can raise  social   awareness and make  a social    change. Below I would like to share some of the highlights of the meeting and my own feelings about it.

The Beautified Project   is  a band which  is concerned  about  various social  issues: environment, domestic violence, logging, diabetic  children. They are often organizing concerts using their  music  as  a tool  to make  a social change. According to Andre organizing concerts is a good way to involve the media in the issue. Andre spoke about the environmental situation as well. He referred to the mining issue, as well as the New Year and Christmas celebrations in Armenia which bring to deforestation of firs resulting in the latter being so cruelly cut and used as Christmas trees. Many people cut those trees to make their children happy at Christmas time while this causes a critical damage to the environment and to their children subsequently. We all know that “If there’s a problem, there is a solution”. Continue reading Art for Social Change