YEREVAN, ARMENIA: The 5th Annual National Poetry Recitation Contest organized by Peace Corps Volunteers from the United States and AELTA will take place Sunday, May 10th, from 12:00 to 15:00 p.m. at the American University of Armenia. Jacqueline Deley, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy opened the event.
The National Poetry Contest was first held in 2010 in Hrazdan through the efforts of a Peace Corps Volunteer. This year’s event will feature 48 students from every region of Armenia. Students from grades 7 through 12 will compete against their peers while reciting original works of American and English poetry. Recitations will include everything from some of the most famous poems of all time to newly published poems.
The Peace Corps was founded by President John Kennedy in 1961. In Armenia since 1992, over 850 Volunteers have served in different parts of Armenia in primarily two programs: English as a Second Language and Community and Youth Program.
Peace Corps’ goals are threefold: help each country meet their needs for trained volunteers, help promote a better understanding of Americans, and help promote a better understanding of the world for Americans.
For more information on Peace Corps Armenia and its programs, please visit the website: http://armenia.peacecorps.gov.