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Garik Khachatryan: Be one of us!
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What the Wikicamp actually is for me or with another word - feedback from TonJ.

Is Wikicamp something showed in the photos? Hmm, maybe the highly qualified articles or sleepless nights for the special group named "wiki-helper"? I guess no. Let me tell you my story.

I joined Wikimovement in November, 2014 (then I was just 13). I remember definitely every moment from that day - my first article's day. A little me with a great motivation to do something good for the world, for his community, for his classmates just created his 1st article on Armenian Wikipedia. Again that little motivated me started to read his article over and over (why? it's because that was my geography's lesson for the next day). And then I refreshed the page [oh my godness]. What was after refreshing.. "TonJ, your article was deleted because of copyright" (Do not forget about my lesson :)). I got so sad. But at the age of 13, the greatest motivation for me was that well-known and the coolest project Wikicamp.

In 2015, I was chosen to participate in the Wikicamp. And then a camp in Lebanon, and then 2016, 2017, 2018. Why is the Wikicamp itself unique?

  • If you like non-formal education, you are tired (like me, always (like Snape used to say)) from schools, you wanna learn something not from Soviet Union's books which isn't useful for nowadays, then, this is actually your place!
  • You are shy, out of way humble, but you want to improve your skills, such as leadership and communication skills, SO, join us NOW!
  • You want to become a journalist, programmer, or maybe you are the future leader, SO, come on, be one of us!
  • You like literature, chemistry or maybe physical education, Spanish or English etc, so you can develop your knowledge through the Wikicamp.

Feedback, but not a PR

I've participated in more than 10 camps organized by Wikimedia Armenia. And I can proudly say that the next camp is better than the previous one. I know how much effort and energy the organizers are doing in this work for us, for kids, for teenagers and for youth, and all that efforts are invaluable! Why I like the Wikicamp:

  • From the very beginning, in Yerevan, when the participants will be gathered, that hugs, those nostalgias, those memories, the atmosphere around you.
  • You are tired (like me) or out of mood, you just can't find a motivation, there is a mess in your head, SO, you just have to say that to your "wiki-helper" and the super-sweet cookies waiting for you (I'm sorry, I can't imagine any other motivation than cookies).
  • You want to share your knowledge and get another one, you are free to say whatever you want and to know everything you are interested in.

Wikicamp is the coolest thing I have ever seen and that is due to organizers, Wikimedia Armenia's teem-workers, counselors, volunteers, editors, equality, ambitions.

Be one of us, join to the upcoming Wikicamp and be a member of the unique family named "Wikicamp".

Garik Khachatryan, Armenian Wikipedia editor