CCC Students at “EducationUSA University” Camp

 

For the last week in June, ten EducationUSA EducatinUSA Competitive College Club took a bus out to beautiful Vanadzor for the EducationUSA University Camp pilot program. While residing at the Vanadzor Sanatorium, the students participated in four intensive courses, all in English, and in the afternoons attended various presentations and skills development workshops designed to prepare them for college life in the U.S.

 

The EducationUSA University Camp is designed to give students a realistic experience of the American university lifestyle. The morning classes were in subject areas relevant to studying in the U.S., including English Composition, Public Speaking, U.S. Government, and Computer Skills, taught by seasoned Peace Corps volunteers. These courses help equip students with the background knowledge they need to succeed at an American university.

 

English Composition was the first class of the day, instructed by Peace Corps Volunteer Pamela Watson. Students were taught the basics of essay writing in English, and were given plenty of practice and feedback for their work, helping them improve their writing skills tremendously over a short time. Similarly, in the Public Speaking class, taught by Peace Corps volunteer Meewa Mull, participants overcame their fear of public speaking by answering candid questions asked by their peers and giving short speeches in front of the class. The U.S. Government class, taught by Peace Corps volunteer Adam Housh, strengthened students’ knowledge of the three branches of the American government, as they explored in depth of the legislative and judicial systems in place as well as historical landmarks in American politics.

 

In the Computer Skills class, students were introduced to new websites and programs that are often used by college students in the United States, Microsoft SkyDrive being the most popular among the high schoolers. They were then instructed on the principles of effective presentation-making skills, and were assigned to partner up and research and present on a US college or university of their choice. The end results were quite impressive as the partners creatively integrated information and images throughout their presentations and maintained a professional demeanor when delivering their piece.

 

Students had the opportunity to spend time with American college graduates and USG program Alumni and gain an inside view of American college life. Especially with EducationUSA intern Megan Levonian’s presentation, entitled “How to Survive Your Freshman Year,” students were given a preview of what to expect for their first year studying at a U.S. university, not just for academic success but also for their psychological and emotional well-being, as the freshman year of college is a huge transitional period for all students, no matter where they study.

The CCC students also participated in workshops geared toward developing more technical skills such as creating a CV and successful interview tips.

 

 

Call for EducationUSA Intern

 

 

 

POSITION TITLE: EducationUSA Intern

 

LOCATION: Yerevan, Armenia

 

JOB DESCRIPTION: The EducationUSA Intern is responsible for supporting the work of the EducationUSA Advising Center and the EducationUSA Adviser.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:


The EducationUSA Intern is responsible for the following activities:

  • Assisting the EducationUSA Advisor with the EducationUSA Advising Center (EAC) everyday routine work
  • Presenting the EAC services to interested parties, EAC attendees
  • Making basic advising on US higher education
  • Managing the EducationUSA library
  • Helping with Competitive College Club and Student Ambassador Program
  • Assisting in organizing and conducting weekly and special events (group meetings, fair, PDO, IEW etc)
  • Assisting with social media outreach
  • Other duties as assigned

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Part-Time (20 hours per week), Limited Term (6 months)

 

REPORTS TO: EducationUSA Adviser

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • University student or recent graduate (within the past two years) in good academic standing at his/her current educational institution.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and Armenian.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and representational skills.
  • Demonstrate the potential to accomplish the type of work to be performed.
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks.
  • Basic knowledge and/or interest in U.S. higher education opportunities
  • Willingness to travel if required
  • High level of attention to detail

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 6, 2014, 18:00

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

Interested candidates should send a Resume and a Cover Letter to educationusa@americancouncils.am by August 6, 18:00

Please indicate “EducationUSA Intern” in the subject line of the e-mail.

 

Questions may be referred to:

Shushanna Abovyan, EducationUSA Adviser (educationusa@americancouncils.am)

 

 

 

Welcoming Home FLEX Alumni 2014

 

Every year in May and June FLEX program participants return to their home countries.  Accordingly, “Welcome Home” Re-entry Seminars are organized for them in the whole Eurasia, which are one of their first big events and the starting point of their amazing alumni life.  The purpose of these seminars is to welcome the students home, give them the opportunity to analyze their development during their year abroad and introduce them to the alumni community.

In Armenia the re-entry seminar took place on June 20 at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan. It brought together all 2014 alumni to discuss various issues related to their return to Armenia. Alumni of 2014 were also visited by U.S. Ambassador John Heffern. Different sessions were held on the challenges that FLEX program participants faced in the United States and the changes that occurred, when they came back to Armenia.

Besides, the participants of the re-entry seminar were introduced to the alumni community and its various projects. We were happy to see their enthusiasm and preparedness regarding organizing and participating in alumni activities. For instance, the day after the re-entry seminar almost all of the new alumni took part in a big social and volunteering event in Geghard, where they helped the local eco club to clean the area near the Geghard Monastery. The next day they participated in a sports and social event at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, where they met not only senior FLEXers but also alumni of other US Government programs.

This was a promising start for the FLEX alumni of 2014. We are strongly convinced that they will be socially active in future too.

 

 

FLEX Finalist and Tatev resident Lusine Poghosyan draws tie with Carlsen

 

Yerevan /Mediamax/. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen said that Armenians have “great excitement and love to chess, and it’s a unique phenomenon”. On June 23, Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian played simultaneous chess with the residents and clergymen of Halidzor and Tatev communities. The youngest player was 7-year old Alex Sahakyan from Halidzor village and Lusine Poghosyan form Tatev village registered the best result; she drew a tie with Carlsen. http://www.mediamax.am/en/news/society/10699/ Lusine is a finalist of the FLEX program who is currently participating in the three day Pre-Departure Orientation being held in Aghveran. She will travel to the U.S. for her exchange program this summer.

Thorough preparation and you are the winner of every battle

 

Research Fellow of Environmental Law Research Center of Yerevan State University, Law Faculty  Gor Movsisyan is a PFP spring 2013 alumnus. Gor Movsisyan completed his fellowship in the State of Oregon, in particular in Lewis & Clark Law school, Oregon State Legislature and Metro Regional Council. During the last academic year Gor studied in the University of Hamburg and Ghent University. Currently he studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam and intends to continue his cooperation with European scientific institutions. “The PFP is quite demanding, multilayer and exciting program because it opens up an opportunity within a short period of time to develop connections with professionals who geographically might be far away but who share the same professional thoughts with you. Within a day appointments with representatives of three-four organizations, professors of law schools, work sometimes in an unusual working environment, elaboration of outbound project, the necessity to be able to adapt to an unfamiliar environment; these all requires thorough preparation, alertness, motivation and decisive actions. The skills and the ability to communicate with people representing different culture, thinking and traditions, that are what I value the most of this program. This is something you can’t learn in auditorium of university. I have recognized this value while continuing my education in Europe” says Gor.

Thorough preparation and you are the winner of every battle!!!

This is Gor Movsisyan’s motto!

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

This time of the year is as exciting for our FLEX students, currently living in the States, as it was a year ago when they got the long-awaited call: “Congratulations, you have been selected as a FLEX finalist”.

Even then, the feelings were so deep and inexplicable, full of happiness, excitement, anxiety and uncertainty.

 

- I was preparing to go out with my friend, and she kept calling me, asking if I am there or not, then the phone rang the third time I thought it was her, then I realized what was it. At first I thought they were going to say no, you have not passed, but when they said “Congratulations, you are a FLEX finalist”, I could not believe it was a dream, I had waited for that for so long, I burst out to tears, and I ran to our yard to tell mom, I couldn’t speak, we both cried from happiness. Even when I couldn’t talk I was asked if I wanted to scream, I said I would do it later! (Susanna Ghazoyan)

 

- That day had started really good for me and I did not even know that was gonna be one of the best days in my life. I was with my grandma, who is an English teacher, and some of my friends and we were preparing for the year-end exams. When I got a call, I did not answer, not even looking at the number. Then 10 minutes later my Mom run inside saying I was a FLEX finalist. Nothing can describe that feeling. All my friends were clapping. I could not even talk for 5 minutes. This was the start of the big journey… (Karen Gishyan)

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