In 2016, CINF sent a recent Manhattanville College graduate to teach English to 150 children at Diramayr Hayastani Ketron summer camp in Tashir, Armenia. By sending an American to teach children who came from underprivileged families, CINF established an American-Armenian connection and provided a rarity in the outer regions of Armenia—Native English speakers.
Unintended at the time, CINF’s project volunteer also developed skills related to her work: Patience, leadership, communication, organization, and cooperation. These were disciplines she returned home with and could employ in her goals for personal success. CINF realized the opportunity to educate American students and recent graduates in addition to Armenians and moved to permanently incorporate American students as volunteers into their programs.
CINF’s work in Armenia developed into the current Artsakh Project, which piloted in the summer of 2017.