The Impact of Internship On Me

Going into this internship, I fully expected it to have an impact on me but not nearly to the extent that it has. Since we arrived, we have been visiting all the sites and monuments that make this country so great. Doing so has given me the opportunity to see the various parts of Armenia all while helping me feel more connected to my heritage. While the sights were, obviously, incredible and awe-inspiring, what I was most struck by was the discrepancy among the towns and cities in Armenia. It’s incredible how you can be in a modern, first world city such as Yerevan and then be in a rural village in a mere 15 minute drive.
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My favourite experience of the trip was being able to work with the children at Camp Hankavan. While there was a bit of a language barrier between me and them (I don’t speak Armenian; shame on me) they still managed to ask me questions all about America, my thoughts on Armenia, and the differences between the two. Being able to serve them and work with them was a truly humbling experience. Leaving camp was a struggle for many; we had all bonded with our respective campers so much that some even began tearing up as we said our goodbyes.
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To say this internship has had an impact on me would be an understatement. As we all pack up our belongings I can’t help reflecting on all that we’ve done. From seeing the monuments of our Motherland’s rich history to working with the children at Camp Hankavan, I truly feel more deeply connected with both my faith and the land from which my family has come. So much so that I plan on beginning to learn Armenian upon returning in hopes of one day returning to do more good for the less fortunate.

Mark Buchakjian

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