Building relationships and fostering community sums up what Viktorya is passionate about. She actively volunteers in several organizations, saying, “I like volunteerism because with it I feel calm and it gives me peace.” She has put together local presentations on a variety of topics, including “The usefulness and importance of water” and “What is tolerance?”, always including other villagers in these events. Viktorya shows pride in her Armenian heritage by making movies about her small village and submitting them to local film competitions. She also enjoys participating in traditional Armenian folk dancing with her friends. When it comes to the most exciting part of studying in the U.S., she says she is eager to learn about the efficiencies and teaching techniques within the American classroom, hoping to take what she learns to her teachers back home. To her future host family, Viktorya says, “you should be sure you have a second family in Armenia.”
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