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[Web Wrap]: The Peace Corps Experience – Volunteering in Armenia.

June 29, 2010

By Ashley Killough via ianyan Mag

When Danny Lovell, 25, received his country assignment from the Peace Corps, he looked at the word “Armenia” on his invitation—and paused.

“I remember thinking, what’s Armenia? What’s in Armenia?”

Lovell vaguely recalled studying the Soviet Union in high school, but he knew little about the South Caucasus country. “After I looked at the map, I thought it was in the Middle East because it’s located right above Iran, and I thought I was going to live in the desert for two years.”

One month later, on May 29, 2009, Lovell said goodbye to his family in North Carolina and moved to Armenia with dozens of other Americans. For the next three months, the new class of volunteers, the 17th group since Armenia opened its doors to Peace Corps in 1992, underwent rigorous training in language and cultural skills. At the same time, they lived with host families in their “training villages,” where they quickly became exposed to the Peace Corps life—one filled, at first, with bucket baths, outhouses and the tedious task of washing clothes by hand.

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Danny Lovell, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia

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[Web Wrap]: The Khachkar – The Cornerstone of Armenian Symbolism.

June 4, 2010

By Ashley Killough via ianyan Mag

With its intricate carvings and detailed designs, the khachkar, or cross-stone, has been an Armenian symbol for centuries. The cross-bearing rocks can be found throughout the country, erected in graveyards or engraved in church walls or standing freely outside of homes or monuments. They represent Armenia’s special history as being the first Christian nation, a history that dates back to 301 A.D. when King Trdat III declared Christianity as his people’s official religion.

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Credit: ianyan Mag

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[Web Wrap]: Memorial Service in Yerevan Honors Armenian Genocide Victims.

April 27, 2010

By Ashley Killough via ianyan Magazine

Ashley Killough is an American journalist and Fulbright fellow in Yerevan. She blogs about her experiences in Armenia at www.ashleykillough.com

I first learned about the Armenian Genocide nearly three years ago from an Armenian professor at my university. I mostly felt disturbed—not only by the tragedy, but by the fact that I was 20-years-old at the time and was just now learning about it. How could such an event be omitted from my primary education? How could we study the Holocaust so much, yet neglect the Armenian Genocide?

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan