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The Smith College Relief Unit, Near East Relief and visions of Armenian reconstruction, 1919–21
Rebecca Jinks

home will be so drab in comparison’. 107 More tangibly, this value came in the form of an increased salary (an incentive to stay that NER offered). But more important seems to have been the value of further ‘opportunities’ (a word Esther used frequently) for opening up employment at home. As Ruth wrote in Etchmiadzin: ‘It is a liberal education this “manager of a district” game and I feel sure I shall be more fit for service in the States after this year.’ 108 This pull of extra work experience, more money, and travel, kept them in the Near East a little longer

in Aid to Armenia