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
On 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