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Stories from Armenia

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Armenia.

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VIDEO: Highlighting home in Armenia
Laura Vazquez Arreguín

When I first came to Armenia and started to learn the Armenian language I was overwhelmed by the difficult task ahead. I decided I was going to try and only learn the basics for survival because after all, who speaks Armenian? 

How I Started My Running Club

I started a running club by accident. During my site visit, when my counterpart asked me to introduce myself to the entire school – ninety one students crammed into a single classroom – I mentioned my early morning running routine. The next morning around 6:30am, half a dozen sleepy but eager kids were waiting at the edge of my host family’s vegetable garden.  

Alia with her CP
In defense of Winter
Benefits of Drinking Coffee!
Joseph Andriano's students in Armenia

When we sign up to be Peace Corps Volunteers, the last thing we think about is the Third Goal. 

At the shops by Liz
Shepherding in Armenia

Of all the things to do on my bucket list for Armenia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, the most interesting thing I wanted to do was go sheep herding.  

Halloween story PC Armenia

When presented with a broom I immediately resist any urge to sweep or clean. To me, brooms are strictly for riding. Is it any wonder Halloween is my favorite holiday? 

Alia and her CP

Fifteen months ago, I landed in a tiny village that I could have pulled out of a Peace Corps Armenia post card if there was such a thing. I feel like I fit in as seamlessly as possible within my village.

24 months later
Packing for Peace Corps2
You're not in America Anymore!

One thing that many Volunteers notice in Armenia is the differences between the American and Armenian definitions of “rude” and “polite.”

Lessons on Love in an Armenian Village

The 2 years I spent living in an Armenian village has provided me with so much more than simply a broader cultural understanding and some language skills. 

My pre-service site family
Peace Corps Armenia Music Video

Celebrating 25 Years of Service in Armenia

Mount Ararat

I have a view of Mount Ararat from my bedroom near Artashat in Armenia. The mountain, the national icon of Armenia, is now in territory claimed by Turkey, but the people here still consider it their own.