Examining Perceptions of Armenia

Before coming to Armenia, I had a very narrow understanding of what Armenia was. I think I had the same misconception as many people from the US did, that Armenia was just a country that had been greatly impacted by its historical tragedies. The Armenian Genocide, repression under the Soviet Union, the destructive earthquake in …

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A Day in the Life in Moscow

After having been in Moscow for almost six weeks now, there are some things that have started to fall into place and become almost routine, normal even.  I have found that I have essentially same routine day after day: I wake up, have breakfast while taking an easy morning, go to my internship, have lunch …

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At the Grassroots Level

I intern with the Institute for Rural Initiatives (IRI) in Chisinau.  The Institute for Rural Initiatives (IRI) is a non-profit organization that advocates and promotes community development in rural communities throughout Moldova.  Formerly known as Ograda Noastra NGO, IRI works especially with disadvantaged communities.  Considering the level of underdevelopment throughout Moldova, the work of IRI …

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My Internship at the NUST MISiS FabLab

I’m approaching the fourth quarter of my internship at the MISiS FabLab and I couldn’t be more pleased with my time here. Having studied industrial design for four years before coming here, I have learned a lot about design, and I really just needed a domain to hone my skills and knowledge and also the …

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A Trip to Sergiev Posad

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of taking part in an excursion to Sergiev Posad, which is a small, historical city a few hours by train outside of Moscow. This was an unplanned and pleasantly wonderful daytrip, where I was introduced to students on partner American Councils programs and where I was able to …

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A Day in the Life of an Intern in Moscow

Since June I have been working alongside three other Americans at a lab in Moscow. The FabLab is a fabrication lab that supports several programs hosted at the Moscow Institute of Steels and Alloys (MISIS, including the Master of Digital Fabrication program. Though day to day projects vary, the general schedule of life stays the …

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A Water Fight in Armenia

Armenia is the land of free water. On July 28th is Armenia’s annual, countrywide water fight. This is a day that only Armenia has. The name of this day is “Vartavar” or “Jurotsi” in Armenian. I have never experienced such a phenomenon anywhere else, and this is truly an unforgettable time. I recommend anyone who …

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My Internship in Dushanbe

This past summer I was able to study Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan with the help of American Councils. For Persian language, options for an immersive overseas experience are few and far between. Tajikistan is one of the only places that speaks a form of Persian as its national language and American citizens can safely travel …

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