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|Colleen Hardin started in Armenia 2002|
|Scott Guenthner, Colleen Hardin, Aaron Martinez, Jeremy Richart, Kenni Lou Walker|
|Education in Armenia:|
|Jennifer Cochran, Barbara Eberhardt, Colleen Hardin, Laura Holt, Lisa Householder-Owsley|
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|Akhurian, Zachariah M. Brevis, Zachary Jean Chartkoff, Jennifer Cochran, Cat Cvengros, Will Dickinson, Barbara Eberhardt, Nick Giammaria, Andrew Golda, Scott Guenthner, Emily Haas, Colleen Hardin, Brett W Holt, Laura Holt, Lisa Householder-Owsley … further results|
|Projects in Armenia
|Achajur Water Supply Pipeline Mapping, Bridge of Hope Computer Education Center, Building sustainable livihoods in Tavush marze, Business Education, Charentsavan Business Education and Resource Center, Community Sports Facility, English Lab Modernization, Gymnasium Restoration Project, Ijevan Bridge of Hope, Secondary School Gymnasium Renovation, Sisian Business Information and Consulting Center, Tavush GIS Project|
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Description of Service
After a competitive application process stressing applicant skills, adaptability and cross-cultural understanding, Ms. Hardin was invited into Peace Corps service. She was assigned as an English Teacher at the “Syunik” NGO in Yeghegnadzor, Armenia.
Ms. Hardin entered training on June 9th of 2002, participating in an intensive 12-week training program in Dilijan, Armenia. Language training included the acquisition of both written and spoken Armenian. Upon completion of her final ACTFL exam in Armenian, she received a score of Advanced High. Area Studies training included the history, economics and cultural norms of Armenia. In addition, as part of the language and cross-cultural component of the training program, Ms. Hardin lived with an Armenian host family. Technical training included the history of the Educational System in Armenia during the Soviet period and Post-Soviet period, curriculum and lesson planning, and current trends in English teaching in Armenia.
Ms. Hardin arrived in Yeghegnadzor, Armenia, a town with approximately 10,000 people, in August 2002. Over two years, she taught English to approximately 144 students, ranging in age from 14 to 27, at the “Syunik” NGO. Some of these classes were team-taught with an Armenian English teacher. Ms. Hardin also worked with three English teachers from “Syunik” NGO on improving their own English and new teaching methods. During the spring semester at the Third School in Yeghegnadzor, Ms. Hardin, conducted conversation clubs with 44 students, in the 4th through 9th grades.
Ms. Hardin helped develop an English Resource Library proposal with her counterparts at the “Syunik” NGO that was submitted to USAID’s Small Project Assistance (SPA) program. In cooperation with her counterparts, she helped design, write, and supervise all aspects of the proposal and project, including budgeting, delegation of responsibilities, and monitoring and evaluation of the project from inception to completion. Ms. Hardin and the “Syunik” NGO were awarded the grant in November of 2003 and successfully completed the purchase of materials for the library in June of 2004.
Ms. Hardin served on the Gender and Development Committee (GAD) as the Resource Coordinator. She also participated in many of the GAD Committee’s projects including the October 2002 Gender and Development Training of Trainers, the annual Women’s Day Essay Contest, several round-table discussions that included the themes of trafficking, domestic violence, and the basic concepts of gender. From the winter of 2002 through the summer of 2003, Ms. Hardin served as the chair of the Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Camp committee that worked in cooperation with the Armenian NGO "Millennium," to organize three regional leadership camps for girls aged 18 to 25 that was funded by the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and USAID. The GLOW Committee helped Millennium design, write, and carry out all aspects of the proposal and project. She also assisted the 2004 GLOW Committee in an advisory role. This summer camp addressed such varied themes as women’s rights, health, leadership, and team building.
About Colleen Hardin Today
The best result of my Peace Corps service was my marriage to my wonderful husband, Samvel Beglaryan, an Armenian I met while a volunteer in Yeghegnadzor. After that I would have to say the friendships with both Armenians and Americans that I made while a volunteer have been a huge addition to my life.
Other than the personal connections, Peace Corps service further widened my horizons on the world and exposed me to a new culture that challenged my ideas about life, family, and what it takes to be happy. It also helped me figure out that while I did want to continue on in a career of service to others, I did NOT want to be an English teacher.
Publications based on Peace Corps Experience
A newspaper article about my service was featured in the Lodi News Sentinel in March 2004. (My last name is spelled wrong.)
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