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Sing Me A Song

Published: July 15, 2015

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.

Guest blog post from St.Petersburg

Published: July 15, 2015

This afternoon we have a guest blog post from our “exchange students”. Six of our two-week villagers are taking part in a homestay simulation, in which they are American students studying Russian and living in St. Petersburg with a host family.


Published: July 11, 2015

Today is an important milestone for all of us who are somehow connected with this place, Lesnoe Ozero - Concordia Russian Language Village. Today we are celebrating 50th anniversary of the village.

Welcome to Central Asia

Published: July 9, 2015

In the evening villagers met at St. Petersburg divided by families and learnt how to greet each other in languages of the Central Asian region. Each family visited various stations, where they learnt about Central Asian and Russian history and geography, sang a Kazakh song, tried different Eastern dances, and picked up a few Tadjik phrases

Dobro Pozhalovat, or The New and Last Arrival

Published: July 6, 2015

New arrival are always a joy for us. And despite a cloudy and windy weather today new villagers have lightened the camp with their smiles and enthusiasm.

International Day!

Published: July 3, 2015

Today we woke up very excited because we had spend all day at Lac de Bois and Waltsede to celebrate International Day!

Goodbye Two-Weekers, Go On Four-Weekers!

Published: July 2, 2015

This day was fulfilled with fun, from our last classes of the day, to our banquet and disco this evening. Today was the last full day this week which means the last full day for our two week villagers who were working on their final projects during the day. 3+ year students completed the simulation of a birthday celebration and then wrote down the blog to express their experience. Villagers who spend their second year at Lesnoe Ozero were...

Guests from the Bulgakov novel

Published: July 1, 2015

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.

Tuva Day

Published: June 29, 2015

Today we celebrated the Republic of Tuva. It is a part of the Russian Federation that lies in the geographical center of Asia, in southern Siberia, and is the home of three of our staff members this year.

Thanks God It's Pyatnitsa

Published: June 26, 2015

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.

Russian Lessons - RB32 Two-Weekers (Episode 1)

Published: June 23, 2015

Our villagers improving every day. Check out video from Russian lessons.


Published: June 16, 2015

The second day of the Family and One-Week program was marked with new Russian experience, new dishes, new impressions, and new friends.

Day Twelve - July 18, 2014

Published: July 18, 2014

Sadly, today was our last full day of camp at Lesnoe Ozero this summer. The villagers attended their last classes and last activities, and began saying goodbye to all of the friends they have made this summer. In many of the classes the villagers reviewed everything that they have learned up until now, and it is amazing how far they have come! There were no cultural classes this afternoon; instead, the villagers changed into nice clothes for tonight's banquet. Everyone had a chance...

Day Four - July 10, 2014

Published: July 11, 2014

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.

Day Eleven - July 3, 2014

Published: July 4, 2014

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...

Day Seven - June 29, 2014

Published: June 30, 2014

Lesnoe Ozero villagers participate in an exchange with Lac du Bois-Hackensack and Salolampi villagers.

Espionage was the theme of our evening program tonight. While most of the staff and villagers were innocently watching a video, one of our counselors, Sasha, had his yellow baseball cap stolen! Sashsa wasn’t sure who it was, but he narrowed it down to five suspects. In order to reveal the identity of the thief, groups of villagers had to complete puzzle and memory games.

Tuva Day- Day Five - June 27, 2014

Published: June 28, 2014

Today we celebrated the Republic of Tuva. This Russian republic is located in Central Asia and the south of Siberia, and is the home of five of our staff members this year. This evening the villagers were able to try traditional Tuvan dance, watch videos of Tuvan wrestling, listen to Tuvan throat singing and even practice lassoing horses on the Siberian steppe.

Opening Day - June 23, 2014

Published: June 23, 2014

Today we welcomed new villagers to Lesnoe Ozero! There were many familiar faces, but quite a bit of new ones as well. When they arrived, the villagers went through customs, where they spoke with the counselors in Russian to pick new names and exchange their dollars for rubles. Then everyone had a chance to see their new cabins and explore the village, before learning some Russian folk songs and eating борщ (borsht) for dinner. Our evening program today...

Day Five - June 20, 2014

Published: June 20, 2014

Today was our last full day of this summer's first session at Lesnoe Ozero. Everyone wrapped up their lessons and finished their cultural projects. Due to the sunny weather, the villagers were finally able to go swimming in the lake during free time. Today we also celebrated the Russian holiday Масленица (Maslenitsa), which marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. This evening we put on nice clothes...

Day Two - June 17, 2014

Published: June 17, 2014

Today was the first full day of camp, and the day was full of fun and exciting activities. This morning the villagers began the day by singing the Russian national anthem and eating каша (oatmeal) for breakfast. The students were sorted into their lesson groups, and during урок (lesson) we learned how to introduce ourselves in Russian.

First Day with Villagers and Families

Published: June 16, 2014

Today marked the beginning of this summer’s Russian-learning adventure! The first families and one-weekers arrived this afternoon and went through customs, during which they chose a Russian name and were assigned to their family and коттедж (cabin)

Day 26- July 19, 2013

Published: July 20, 2013

Today was the last full day of camp. The students were happy to have a morning to watch Чёрная Молния, a contemporary Russian film. The two-week students spent part of the morning reviewing what they learned and preparing short videos for closing program. Once they finished their projects, they all gathered to watch the popular Russian cartoon Маша и Медведь before lunch.