Damascus Chapter Newsletter Yeram No. 23-24
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Montreal Hosts AGBU Nubarian Library Director Raymond Kevorkian from
The last week of November 2007 in Montreal, Canada was made memorable
through the special visit of Raymond Kevorkian from Paris, France.
Kevorkian, instructor of political science at the University of Paris
and director of the AGBU Nubarian Library, presented his two-volume “The
Armenian General Benevolent Union – One Hundred Years of History” and
delivered two well-received lectures at McGill University and the city’s
AGBU Center during his weeklong visit.
On November 25, 2007, a book launch event took place in the Jirair and
Eliz Dervishian Hall of the AGBU Alex Manoogian Center. Organized by the
AGBU Montreal Executive Committee with the cooperation of the chapter’s
Cultural Committee, the book event attracted a capacity crowd and the
visiting author was introduced by Armen Buchakjian, Montreal executive
Kevorkian began by first screening part of a special AGBU Centennial
DVD, “An Armenian Destiny,” prepared by French filmmaker Manuel
Toulajian, and followed up with an explanation of the over-arching idea
for the two-volume history. He explained that the goal of the books were
to reflect the history of the Armenian people during the last hundred
years through the evolving story of AGBU. Both the film and the history
books were commissioned by the AGBU Central Board of Directors as part
of the organization’s centennial celebrations in 2006-2007. Available in
three languages (Armenian, English and French), the expansive AGBU
history was edited jointly by Kevorkian and French historian Vahe
Tachjian. Arshavir Gunjian, vice president of AGBU Central Board of
Directors, also spoke on this occasion.
On November 27 and 28, 2007 Kevorkian delivered two lectures for
Armenian Canadian audiences. Entitled “Turkey in the Geopolitical
Environment of Armenia,” his November 27 lecture took place at McGill
University and was organized by the Association of Armenians Students of
three of the city’s major universities (McGill, Concordia and Montreal).
The second lecture, held at the AGBU Center the following evening, was
entitled “Ani: The Inimitable Medieval Capital” and attracted a
cross-section of AGBU members from the French-Canadian city.
Internships, Youth Trips & Scout Camps: AGBU Offers Superb Lineup of
Armenia Summer Programs
As summer 2008 rapidly approaches, AGBU is offering a wide variety of
opportunities for Armenian youth to journey to Armenia for a memorable
experience of cultural enrichment, service and travel as well as
professional and personal growth. The AGBU programs include the Yerevan
Summer Intern Program (YSIP), the Youth Trip to Armenia and–the newest
project to galvanize youth–a Scout Camp in the Dilijan-Vanadzor region.Intern in Armenia
New to the AGBU summer program portfolio, YSIP was an instant success
amongst participants during its first-ever season last year. College
students eager to learn about their heritage, while developing hands-on
professional experience in their field of interest, are highly
encouraged to apply. Students last summer interned at leading companies
and organizations in the capital city, including the Cafesjian Museum
Foundation, World Health Organization, and several leading medical
In addition to eye-opening professional experience, YSIP participants
will have the chance to engross themselves in language instruction,
dance classes, history lectures, service projects and meetings with
government officials. A full educational, cultural and social schedule
also includes weekend trips to other parts of Armenia and Karabakh and
mixers with other intern groups from the Diaspora.
A very successful addition to the established AGBU internship programs
in New York and Paris, YSIP proved to be both professionally and
personally fulfilling for participants who connected with peers
throughout the world in the land where all Armenians share a common
bond. This year’s five-week program will begin on June 28 and continue
until August 2. The application deadline is February 18, 2008.
Youth Explore Armenia
Now in its fifth year, AGBU is welcoming participants for its annual
Youth Trip to Armenia and Karabakh. Youths between the ages of 15 and 18
are encouraged to join their Armenian peers from around the world to
explore the sights and sounds of our ancient culture and heritage under
the supervised care of certified tour guides and chaperones. The
program’s goal is that participants will experience the true Armenian
spirit and develop a love and understanding for our shared culture of
not only the past, but the present and the future.
Activities include a climb to the top of Armenia’s highest peak, Mount
Aragats, unearthing part of an archeological site, and side trips to
Gyumri, Garni, Geghard, Lake Sevan, Khor Virap and neighboring Karabakh.
The youth will also have the chance to make a difference by reaching out
to fellow Armenians through service projects and will see firsthand the
ongoing work of the AGBU, the largest Armenian philanthropic
organization in the world. This year’s trip will be held from August 9
to 29 and the deadline to apply is February 18, 2008.
AGBU’s Scouting Spirit
From July 25 until August 30, AGBU is also offering a trip to Armenia
for its Scout troops. Since 1936, AGBU Scouts have been active in Egypt,
Lebanon and Syria, and more recently in other parts of the world,
proving to be one of the most popular activities for boys and girls
eager to connect with their Armenian heritage and the great outdoors.
Today, many of these troops are affiliated with local chapters of the
AGBU Armenian Youth Association (AYA) and thrive in Argentina, Brazil,
Canada, Cyprus, Uruguay and the United States. Scouts between the ages
of 13 and 18 from all over the world will now have the chance to come
together in Armenia and attend scout camp in the historic and
picturesque forests of Dilijan-Vanadzor. For the first year only, the
new Scout Camp will welcome scouts from across southwest Asia and Egypt.
By its second season in 2009, the camp will be hosting AGBU scouts from
around the world and exposing youth to the picturesque Armenian
For more information on all three summer programs in Armenia, please
visit www.agbu.org/summer2008. For specific details on each program,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Yerevan Summer Internship Program,
email Hermine Duzian at email@example.com for the Youth Trips to
Armenia, and contact Kevork Santourian at firstname.lastname@example.org for
the new AGBU Scout Camp.