After days of preparation and rehearsals the credit program villagers were ready for their final project of the summer at Lesnoe Ozero - the performance of a play based on Alexander Pushkin’s short story Pikovaya dama (“The Queen of Spades”).
We are getting closer to the end both two seesions and the camp this summer at all which is certainly sad but we still have many things to do and many words to learn.
Today we are back on track with the regular schedule. The credit program students have three main goals for this week - to prepare for the final assessment, to complete their portfolios on the basis of the four-week work in the village and finally to perform the play they were running through the last two weeks.
We started our morning today with weather news from our credit program villagers. We had healthy kasha and fruits for breakfast and it gave us enough energy to be involved in all activities and to study well. After breakfast our villagers went to their classes.
Today our credit students started the week with new lessons. By this day all credit program students have completed the mid-term test and now they know what should be improved during two upcoming weeks to get the higher grades in the end of the session. Some of the groups went over verbs, cases, apartment vocabulary, and weather. They had to describe what they like to do using verbs and had to tell what they need to wear whether it's fall, summer, winter or...
As we are getting closer to the end of two week program and the middle of the four week program two-weekers are working on finishing their projects while credit program villagers are preparing for the middle-term tests.
First full week has ended and it is time to sum up credit students activities this week. Beginners group learnt how to count and how to order meals from a menu. Advanced beginners were considering such topics as geography, clothes, colors, and New Year celebration. Low Intermediate level group were considering the usage of conjugation and imperatives in Russian language. Intermediate level villagers how to introduce themselves and how...
We are getting closer and closer to the middle of the first two-week program and the International Day so the classes are becoming more intensive and complex.
Today was the first full day for our two week and four week villagers and was full of new impressions. While two-weekers were signing up for different activities during hours of culture - стрельба из лука (archery), сказки (Russian fairy tales), the history of баня (Russian sauna), sports and...
This morning, we said our final farewells to villagers as they headed home. It’s hard to believe how fast our five wonderful weeks at Lesnoe Ozero have gone by- it’s been great seeing friendships form and language knowledge grow as villagers try out new activities and skills. It’s definitely been a memorable summer and we can’t wait to see everyone back next year.
It was great meeting so many friends and family members of villagers who were able to stay for the closing program. However, we know many villagers travel quite far sometimes to come to Lesnoe Ozero. For villagers and parents/guardians of villagers unable to make it, please check out the videos in this post.
Today we had beautiful, warm weather and the villagers enjoyed the sunshine outside between classes and at the beach during free time. Having finished their exams, the credit students spent the day rehearsing for tomorrow’s play. The two-week students continued with their classes, and many of them chose to be Heroes of the Russian Language and speak only in Russian during the day. In the cultural hour classes, some groups began preparing presentations for our closing program this Friday.
This evening the villagers learned about the various republics in Central Asia. At different stations, the families got to experience the cultures and languages of Казахстан (Kazakhstan), Киргизия (Kyrgyzstan), Таджикистан (Tajikistan), Туркмения (Turkmenistan), and Узбекистан (Uzbekistan). The families learned about Central Asian holidays, learned words in Kazakh and Tajik, and looked at the locations of the republics on a map. They also played soccer, which is an essential part of Central Asian culture.
Today the students reviewed for their finals tomorrow and worked on their portfolios, and then in the evening started watching the Russian movie “Стиляги” (“Hipsters”), which is about the Soviet youth counter-culture movement in the 1950’s and 60’s. In the afternoon the villagers also picked their cultural classes for this week. The classes include classical music, canoeing, improv theater, balalaika, and sports.
Today the second year two-week villagers explored a simulation of the city of Ekaterinburg, and the first year villagers learned verbs so that they can describe what they like to do. The credit students continued to practice for their play and attended a workshop on acting with a visiting drama teacher.
During the day, all the villagers received Azərbaycan manatı (currency from Azerbaijan) for a special program this evening. After our singing activity in the afternoon, the villagers went back to their cabins to change into nice clothes for a simulation of dinner at an Azerbaijani restaurant.
This evening the families competed with one another in various outdoor games. At different stations two families at a time ran relay races, undid human knots, and worked together in teams in order to accomplish tasks. Finally, all the families together competed at tug-of-war, first against each other and then against the counselors. All of the villagers were able to work together and beat the counselors in the last tug-of-war match.
Today we welcomed new two-week villagers to Lesnoe Ozero. The new villagers picked Russian names for themselves and went through customs. They deposited their dollars in the bank in exchange for rubles and received stamps in their passports, all while interacting with the counselors in Russian.
Today unfortunately we had to say goodbye to the two-week villagers who have been with us this past session. These past two weeks have been so much fun and everyone made so many new friends and learned so much. We hope to see all of them here again next year!
This morning the two-week villagers had their last lessons, while credit students took midterm exams. In the two-week program, we were sad to conclude our classes, but happy that the villagers have learned so much over the past two weeks. Instead of cultural classes the villagers went back to their cabins this afternoon to change into nice clothes and take pictures together with their camp families and all the friends they have made here. Dinner was a formal banquet, where the...
Today the four-week students finished their final exams and were able to breathe and relax this afternoon. In the two-week program, classes are busy learning preparing for the closing program on Saturday. Tonight’s evening program was “Night at the Dacha.” In honor of the students’ completion of the credit program, everyone was able to relax near the beach. The beach was open this evening, and those who didn’t want to swim could play games nearby, get their faces painted, or simply relax with friends. Afterwards, we all headed inside for a talent show. There was a true variety of acts this evening, and it was great to see how talented Lesnoe Ozero villagers are!