Andres Nerses Gonzalez Kazazian became AVC’s first volunteer from Chile when he arrived to spend his two and a half month summer vacation (winter in Armenia) volunteering. In Chile, Andres is involved in many service projects at school and stays involved in his local community as well.
Andres split his time between the Civilitas Foundation and Centro Hispano. At Civilitas Foundation Andres was able to help explore and reach out to the South American-Armenian community by contacting various organizations, institution, and individuals. He was able to contact Armenians in communities where the Armenian population was scarce. This was something exciting for him, as he is from a relatively small Armenian community in Chile as well.
Andres also facilitated a Spanish club at Centro Hispano giving individuals an opportunity to practice Spanish with a native speaker and learn a little bit about Chilean culture.
When asked what advice he would share with potential volunteers, Andres stated, “Don’t think. Just come.” In following that advice himself, he was able to put everything aside, come to Armenia and enjoy every moment of his volunteer service.