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Christian Youth Mission to Armenia
What is CYMA?
CYMA is a mission of the Armenian Church Youth Organization of the Western Diocese. It should be the goal for all Armenian youth to experience their spiritual and cultural identity. This program accomplishes this goal. It is gives our Armenian youth the opportunity to truly experience their Motherland.
One Mission, Two Trips
The CYMA Pilgrimage and the CYMA Internship Program provide participants with two different types of trips to Armenia this summer. The main difference between these two trips is the length. The Pilgrimage is two weeks and the Internship Program is eight weeks. The two will overlap at the beginning. Please check the table below to compare the trips and find the right one for you.
|Pilgrimage 2012||Internship 2012|
|* - Approximate dates only. Final dates are subject to available airfare.** - Approximate Cost. Final cost subject to changes in airfare and housing costl.*** - Internship placement may depend on position availability.|
Pilgrims will travel to the most breath taking spiritual and historical sites throughout Armenia and Artsakh. The Spiritual Pilgrimage is designed to be an extraordinary time to learn and discover the Armenian identity in our spiritual and ancestral homeland. Pilgrims will travel throughout Armenia visiting special locations, lead by the Western Diocese Youth Director as well as our CYMA Coordinators. This trip is perfect for first time visitors as well as those who have been to Armenia before and did not have the opportunity to fully travel the country.
The Internship Program
The CYMA Internship Program allows young adults an opportunity to experience daily living in Armenia through an internship in a professional setting. The internship will provide participants with insightful experiences regarding their field of study, future career goals, and more in depth experiences of life in Armenia. Lectures from members of various organizations will provide fundamental lessons regarding the economic, cultural and religious dynamics present in Armenia today. Participants will also gather on a weekly basis to discuss incorporating our Christian values into our daily life, both while in Armenia and upon return. Internships will be placed on a first come first serve basis.
Personally this trip was very spiritual for me and my connection with God. Getting to travel to the different parts of my homeland seeing the different historical sights really moved me because I was actually there and witnessing my Armenian heritage and culture.
My trip to Armenia with CYMA 2013 group will never be forgotten. I had this feeling that could not be explained the moment the plane landed on Armenian grounds, and could not believe I was actually in my motherland.
Looking back at the last month has given me a new perspective on life and how things have changed for me as a person. As a student I have seen many pictures and heard many stories about Armenia and for me to finally experience it first-hand caught me off guard.
Being a part of CYMA 2013 was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Although there were difficulties throughout the trip, I can honestly say it was the best month of my life. I experienced a lot about my culture, helped others, and learned a lot about myself...