Students of Armenian State Pedagogical University are currently doing internships in different camps of the republic.
Nine students of the university have been accepted as interns at “Hasmik” camp in Hankavan, a summer resort in Kotayk marz. After a 20-day internship at the camp, the students may be employed by the camp if their activity receives a good assessment in the result of effective cooperation.
Zhora Muradyan, Director of “Hasmik” children’s camp, highly appreciates the work of the students and says the cooperation is effective and mutually beneficial.
“The first step for each educator is the work at a camp. Days spent with children enable the interns to demonstrate their pedagogical abilities and skills,” said Mr. Muradyan. He said they are ready to share their knowledge and experience and expect new pedagogical approaches from students.
Murad Muradyan, the deputy director of the camp, says the ASPU students stand out with their professionalism and as future educators they use the theoretical knowledge and skills gained at the university.
“For many years, the camp has received interns from the Pedagogical University and has always appreciated their work and activity. They have special abilities characteristic of educators and strong desire to organize new events,” Mr. Muradyan said. He added that they try to preserve the best traditions and combine them with new methods.
He says in the era of information technology, a camp is an opportunity and means to spend one’s days in a different way. This s a place where children's games and best means of entertainment prevail, starting from early morning wake-ups to festive marches and competitions.
Tereza Hovhannisyan, a student of the Faculty of Philology, has come to the camp with the confidence that the knowledge acquired during her stay at the camp will help the students adapt to the work at school. “At different hours of the day, we see children of different age groups in different situations and try to decide the methods of our future work. This is also a good opportunity to discover and master new things," she said.
Her friend Seda Baghdasaryan added that the camp administration welcomes their initiatives to work with children and organize different events, which gives them more freedom in the sphere of their profession.
Sofia Abrahamyan, a future special education teacher, is convinced that before working with children with limited abilities, it is important to disclose the difficulties and methods of working with children without these problems. Just ten days before the end of the internship, the student confesses that they have ardent desire to work at the camp.
Talking to aspu.am, the interns said the theoretical knowledge they acquired at the university was sufficient to be used in practice.