The following blog post was written by Ungerouhi Jaky Keverian on the 4th of July 2016. Here, she reflects on the emotions felt on the way to the motherland.
Last year I was one of 5 AYF Australia ungers who joined AYF West Coasts Youth Corps program last year in 2015. Being able to come back this year and initiate Australia's first youth corps program this year is a feeling I will never be able to explain properly. Knowing there are another 25 people this year who will be able to experience what I did excites me as it was a life changing experience.
Although we had a long fight path ahead of us and a 15 hour stopover in Doha, you could feel the emotions at the airport. We were sad to be saying bye to our families but overjoyed to be heading to our motherland for the youth corps program. There are many members on this trip who I did not consider myself close to, but after this first leg of our trip, that changed. Being stuck in an airport gives you a great opportunity to bond with one another.
While waiting in the Doha airport, I spotted a big group of young people who looked Armenian, and it turned out to be the members of this year Youth Corps program from the west coast of USA. We instantly bonded and began talking about how we were about to embark on our youth corps programs in different villages. Even though I have been to Hayasdan twice before, landing in Yerevan this time was different. Knowing we were there with 25 ungers to work with 120 Armenian children is what made it different. Knowing we are here to give back to our country and its people is what made it different and I can't wait to see what's in store for us over the next 4 weeks!