Our first full day in Yerevan, Armenia, was a very full day. We started with a short walking tour of Republic Square.
We had seen the square the previous evening lighted up with music echoing, but the full majestic view in bright sunlight was dazzling. We were then scheduled for an Embassy visit with Erika King, the Cultural Affairs Advisor, but John Bolton was visiting the Embassy, so Erika was kind enough to arrange for us to meet her at the “American Corner” in a public library where we learned about the Embassy’s mentoring program for women.
We then visited the History Museum of Armenia, another of the majestic buildings on Republic Square, where we were guided through a treasure trove of very old relics. After lunch, we visited the Anania Shrakasty Lyceum, a private secondary school where CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) was the mission. This special school is a member of CIS (the Council of International Schools), which emphasizes critical thinking skills and offers an International Baccalaureate program. Student Council members provided a guided tour of their school and articulated the goals and mission of their experience enthusiastically.
Our next stop was Saint Mary’s Health Clinic, which serves a vulnerable population of poor and disenfranchised women. Several organizations cooperate under one roof to offer many different services including reproductive services, plastic surgery, massage, psychological services, dermatological, and gynecological services.
Our last activity of the day was a delightful “speed networking activity” arranged by Erika King of the U.S. Embassy. Erica had assembled many professional women representing a variety of humanitarian and business enterprises. The discussions were riveting, and once again, the Delegates found it hard to move from one person to the next as planned. It was a thoroughly positive experience.
[Sharon Richardson, Recorder]