August 15, 2005: Headlines: COS - Armenia: Armenia TV : Volunteers sworn in in Armenia

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Armenia: Peace Corps Armenia : The Peace Corps in Armenia: August 15, 2005: Headlines: COS - Armenia: Armenia TV : Volunteers sworn in in Armenia

By Admin1 (admin) ( - on Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 5:28 am: Edit Post

Volunteers sworn in in Armenia

Volunteers sworn in in Armenia

Since 1992 more than 500 US Peace Corps Volunteers have been served in different towns and villages of Armenia.

Volunteers sworn in in Armenia

Swearing In Ceremony of the 13th group of US Peace Corps Armenia Volunteers

By Armine Amiryan
Armenia TV Company News Coverage
August 15, 2005

Since 1992 more than 500 US Peace Corps Volunteers have been served in different towns and villages of Armenia. The Swearing In Ceremony of the 13th group of Volunteers took place today. The US Ambassador John Evans participated in the event. Though the Volunteers were sworn in English, many of them know Armenian. Some of them like our country so much, that they have expressed a desire to stay in Armenia forever.

Matt Soniat will leave for America soon. Although it was somewhat difficult, he learned the Armenian language and became acquainted with Armenian culture and traditions during his two-year service. Moreover he passed on his knowledge of English to many students.

Matthew Soniat, A 11 TEFL PCV:
It was very interesting for me to live in Armenia. I have great impressions. I worked in Ashotsk, Shirak marz, for two years. It was a great pleasure to work with children there.

And so today 43 more Trainees were sworn in as new Peace Corps Volunteers. They spent the last three months of the pre-service training in different villages around Vanadzor in order to prepare for their two-year service. They studied the Armenian language and culture. In addition they completed both technical and safety and security trainings.

Elvira Dana is one of 43 Volunteers, after having spent ten weeks in Armenia, learned some new words. Elvira admitted, "Sometimes we couldn't read our own handwriting."
Volunteers gradually became accustomed to the uniqueness of Armenia. Now they can recite poems and sing songs in Armenian, and they know Armenian history very well.

Elvira Dana:
Our group came to Armenia when the strawberries were coming into bloom, and the word " strawberry" was one of our first learned words.

The US Peace Corps Armenia was established in 1992 by the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Armenia. Since that time more than 500 Volunteers have served in Armenia, working with various organization in the following areas: Teaching English, Community and Business
Development, Community Health and Environmental Education. These Volunteers have contributed their abilities and knowledge.

US Peace Corps was created by President John Kennedy in 1961 and has three goals:
1. To help the people of interested countries meet their needs for trained men and women;
2. To help promote a better understanding of the American people on the part of the peoples served; and
3. Help promote a better understanding of the people served on the part of the American people.

The Honorable John Evans
US Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia:
I love Peace Corps Volunteers tremendously. You will ask me why. The main reason is that these people are ready to help the citizens of other countries. The areas are different: health and Environmental Education, English teaching and Community and Business Development. After their service, Volunteers will take the obtained knowledge back to the United States to share the Armenian history and culture with Americans.

Patrick Hart
Peace Corps Armenia Country Director:
This group of 43 Trainees has been in Vanadzor for the past 10 weeks. They represent 23 United States of America. They already got acquainted with the Armenian culture and language.

The Peace Corps and Ministry of Trade and Economic Development have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the area of community and business development. Peace Corps also anticipates serious input in the area of educational reforms.

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program was established in 1992 in Armenia and it is designed to assist the Republic of Armenia in enhancing its anticipation in the international community by increasing the quality of English program and providing other educational opportunities throughout Armenia.

Meanwhile, Matthew Soniat expressed a desire to stay in Armenia.

Matthew Soniat:
During two - year of service I managed to fall in love with Armenia and Armenians.

The US Peace Corps has three goals: to provide trained assistance to people of other countries as requested, to promote a better understanding of Americans by the people of the countries in which they serve, and to promote a better understanding of other cultures by Americans.

Patrick Hart
Peace Corps Armenia Country Director:
You will serve as ambassadors of Armenia and will teach Americans about Armenia on your return home.

This group of 43 Trainees ranges in age from 20 to 70, represents Americans from 23 States with college degrees from Bachelors to Ph Ds. They have completed three months of language and cultural training to prepare them for two years of service in towns and villages throughout Armenia. Many of them already speak Armenian.

Elvira Dana, Trainee:
I knew nothing about Armenia, but now I know. I like Armenian fruits, which is so delicious. I like Armenian language.

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans participated in the Ceremony. He addressed Trainees, "Use your abilities and knowledge in the best ways. Remember that you represent the best and the most perfect thing that the US has."

Since 1992 more than 500 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Armenia. With the addition of this new group, 90 volunteers will work throughout Armenia. The Volunteers organized a small presentation of an Armenian song right after the Swearing - In.

When this story was posted in October 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

Contact PCOLBulletin BoardRegisterSearch PCOLWhat's New?

Peace Corps Online The Independent News Forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
'Celebration of Service' a major success Date: October 10 2005 No: 730 'Celebration of Service' a major success
The Peace Corps Fund's 'Celebration of Service' on September 29 in New York City was a major success raising approximately $100,000 for third goal activities. In the photo are Maureen Orth (Colombia); John Coyne (Ethiopia) Co-founder of the Peace Corps Fund; Caroline Kennedy; Barbara Anne Ferris (Morocco) Co-founder; Former Senator Harris Wofford, member of the Advisory Board. Read the story here.

Top Stories and Breaking News PCOL Magazine Peace Corps Library RPCV Directory Sign Up

PC apologizes for the "Kasama incident" Date: October 13 2005 No: 737 PC apologizes for the "Kasama incident"
The District Commissioner for the Kasama District in Zambia issued a statement banning Peace Corps activities for ‘grave’ social misconduct and unruly behavior for an incident that occurred on September 24 involving 13 PCVs. Peace Corps said that some of the information put out about the incident was "inflammatory and false." On October 12, Country Director Davy Morris met with community leaders and apologized for the incident. All PCVs involved have been reprimanded, three are returning home, and a ban in the district has since been lifted.

Military Option sparks concerns Date: September 13 2005 No: 731 Military Option sparks concerns
The U.S. military is allowing recruits to meet part of their reserve military obligations after active duty by serving in the Peace Corps. Read why there is opposition to the program among RPCVs. Director Vasquez says the agency has a long history of accepting qualified applicants who are in inactive military status. John Coyne says "Not only no, but hell no!" and RPCV Chris Matthews leads the debate on "Hardball." Avi Spiegel says Peace Corps is not the place for soldiers while Coleman McCarthy says to Welcome Soldiers to the Peace Corps. Read the results of our poll among RPCVs. Latest: Congressman John Kline introduces legislation to alter the program to remove the Peace Corps as an option for completing an individual’s military enlistment requirement.

Why blurring the lines puts PCVs in danger Date: August 25 2005 No: 717 Why blurring the lines puts PCVs in danger
When the National Call to Service legislation was amended to include Peace Corps in December of 2002, this country had not yet invaded Iraq and was not in prolonged military engagement in the Middle East, as it is now. Read the story of how one volunteer spent three years in captivity from 1976 to 1980 as the hostage of a insurrection group in Colombia in Joanne Marie Roll's op-ed on why this legislation may put soldier/PCVs in the same kind of danger.

Top Stories: October 10, 2005 Date: October 9 2005 No: 727 Top Stories: October 10, 2005
Carl Pope says the looting of America has only begun 2 Oct
Report of PCV Misconduct in Zambia 7 Oct
Chic Dambach speaks in Oklahoma 6 Oct
Murphy to give papers to Heinz museum 6 Oct
Mike Honda speaks out on Katrina 5 Oct
Kinky Friedman could be the next governor of Texas 5 Oct
Peter McPherson urges new nuclear weapon designs 5 Oct
Doyle and Green in dead heat for Wisconsin Governor 5 Oct
NPCA Membership Directory ready in late November 5 Oct
GOP hopefuls avoiding Taft 4 Oct
Ask not 4 Oct
Russell Carollo wins journalism prize for "The Toll of War" 4 Oct
Mark Gearan says provision was a mistake 4 Oct
Mike Tidwell says Bayou has been sinking for years 3 Oct
Carl Pope writes: Preparing for Global Warming 3 Oct
Director Vasquez Meets with Volunteers in Gulf Coast 3 Oct
John McCain's call to service 3 Oct
Joshua Berman wins Lowell Thomas Travel Writing Award 2 Oct
Operation Offset proposes freeze in Peace Corps Funding 1 Oct

Returned Volunteers respond to Hurricane Katrina Date: September 12 2005 No: 729 Returned Volunteers respond to Hurricane Katrina
First and foremost, Give. Then volunteer with the Crisis Corps. Carol Bellamy says "In situations such as this one, money is needed the most" and added that Hurricane Katrina's impact on New Orleans is comparable to last year's tsunami. Thailand RPCV Thomas Tighe's Direct Relief International has committed an initial $250,000 in cash to assist hurricane victims. Mayor Tom Murphy (RPCV Paraguay) says Pittsburgh is ready to embrace refugees from devastated areas. Brazil RPCV Robert Backus is among the first Vermont doctors to volunteer to travel to Louisiana to treat victims. Latest: FEMA requests RPCVs to assist in recovery efforts through the Crisis Corps and the Peace Corps hopes to send 400 RPCVs to the Gulf Coast for short term assignments to assist victims with their applications for federal aid.

The Peace Corps Library Date: March 27 2005 No: 536 The Peace Corps Library
Peace Corps Online is proud to announce that the Peace Corps Library is now available online. With over 30,000 index entries in 500 categories, this is the largest collection of Peace Corps related stories in the world. From Acting to Zucchini, you can find hundreds of stories about what RPCVs with your same interests or from your Country of Service are doing today. If you have a web site, support the "Peace Corps Library" and link to it today.

Friends of the Peace Corps 170,000  strong Date: April 2 2005 No: 543 Friends of the Peace Corps 170,000 strong
170,000 is a very special number for the RPCV community - it's the number of Volunteers who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. It's also a number that is very special to us because March is the first month since our founding in January, 2001 that our readership has exceeded 170,000. And while we know that not everyone who comes to this site is an RPCV, they are all "Friends of the Peace Corps." Thanks everybody for making PCOL your source of news for the Returned Volunteer community.

Read the stories and leave your comments.

Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: Armenia TV

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; COS - Armenia


Add a Message

This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.