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[FAR’s Intern(s) in Armenia – Samantha]: Holy Etchmiadzin and FAR in Yerevan.

July 16, 2010

By Samantha McQueen

Today we toured Etchmiadzin and had the opportunity to meet with His Holiness Karekin II. He was casual in his conversation and I think he truly impressed the group with his personality. I was a little nervous to ask about the Church’s involvement with social issues that have become political debates in America, but he was very diplomatic in his response and said that he understood the world is full of different opinions. I didn’t even mean for him to actually discuss the issues, but he was willing to share his thoughts. He seems to understand the concerns of the younger generation.

Later in the day, I met with the FAR staff to work on some accounting projects and I’m glad I had the chance to talk with a few of the employees about some concerns in Armenia. They explained that even with a high level degree, including a master, it’s difficult to find work in the country. Professionals are leaving to find careers abroad. It really puts things into perspective for me, especially coming from women in the workforce.

Ts’tesutyun for now!

Mount Ararat

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Credit: iPhone & Samantha McQueen

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