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AGBU ARMENIAN VIRTUAL COLLEGE HOSTED MORE THAN 1,000 ARI TUN PARTICIPANTS

The Ministry of Diaspora’s Ari Tun (Come Home) youth program hosted more than 1,000 Diasporan-Armenians, aged 13-20, from more than 30 countries, during the summer of 2013. The eight-session program began in June. Each session included 100-150 participants who enjoyed their unique opportunity to visit Armenia, make new friends, live with host families and strengthen their ties with their homeland. AGBU’s Armenian Virtual College (AVC) hosted each group. During each visit, through presentations and discussions, the young guests learned about AVC projects, classes, enrollment procedures and online students’ life in general. Meetings were divided into two parts. During the first part, AVC Partnership Development Specialist Naira Gasparyan introduced AVC’s goals, courses and enrollment details. AVC online instructors presented online multimedia classes, games and study tools, assignments and quizzes, student forums and chat interfaces. The second part of the meetings involved discussions, and the always-popular interactive games and group competitions. Participants split into teams and competed against each other by answering questions about Armenian culture and history, singing Armenian songs and performing Armenian dances. Ari Tun participants left feeling very enthusiastic and energized about AVC programs.

 
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