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RB82 Guest Post from Moscow, part 4

Published: August 11, 2016

Another Guest Blog post from our four two-week villagers who are taking part in a simulation of excursions in Moscow, in which they are American exchange students spending a weekend in Moscow, Russia. In this post they describe their excursion to the amusement park.

RB82 Guest Post from Moscow, part 3

Published: August 9, 2016

Today, we have a guest blog post from our “exchange students”. Four of our two-week villagers are taking part in a simulation of excursions in Moscow, in which they are American exchange students spending a weekend in Moscow, Russia. In this post they describe their excursion to the disco and the dance off.

RB82 Guest Post from Moscow, part 2

Published: August 7, 2016

Blog posts in which exchange students describe a favorite painting from the Tretyakov Gallery.

RB82 Guest Post from Moscow

Published: August 3, 2016

Four of our two-week villagers are taking part in a simulation of excursions in Moscow, in which they are American exchange students spending a weekend in Moscow, Russia. In this post they describe the two Moscow State University students that will be their guides on their Moscow excursions.

Guest Blog Post from Moscow, Part 2

Published: July 29, 2016

Our “exchange students” describe their excursion to a park with a roller coaster.

Guest Blog Post from Moscow

Published: July 28, 2016

This evening we have a guest blog post from our “exchange students”. Eleven of our two-week villagers are taking part in a simulation of excursions in Moscow, in which they are American exchange students spending a weekend in Moscow, Russia. In this post they describe their excursion to the circus.

Guest blog post from St.Petersburg

Published: July 17, 2015

This morning 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. In this post they describe going to banya at their host family’s dacha.

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.

Guest blog post from St.Petersburg

Published: July 14, 2015

Today 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.  In this post they describe the host family's apartment. О квартире В моей квартире...

The Dean’s Speech - RB 52 mid-session mailer

Published: July 13, 2015

Greetings from Лесное Озеро! By now, you might have looked at our blog or facebook and seen all the great photos there. Still, we’d like to share some of our favorite moments from the session so far and pass on some information about our programs in the coming year.

Guest blog post from St.Petersburg

Published: July 9, 2015

This afternoon we have a guest blogger, an American exchange student living with a host family in St.Petersburg, Russia.

The Dean’s Speech - the RB32 mid-session e-mail

Published: June 30, 2015

Greetings from Лесное Озеро! By now, you might have looked at our blog or facebook and seen all the great photos there. Still, we’d like to share some of our favorite moments from the session so far and pass on some information about our programs in the coming year.

Guest blog post from St.Petersburg

Published: June 27, 2015

This afternoon we have a guest blogger, an American exchange student living with a host family in St.Petersburg, Russia.

Day Five - July 11, 2014

Published: July 12, 2014

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.

Day Ten - July 2, 2014 (Updated)

Published: July 3, 2014

Today the villagers learned a dance and decorated shirts in preparation for International Day this Friday, and the cultural classes had their last chance to practice what they will present to the other camps. We also learned more Lesnoe Ozero cheers in Russian so that we can show our village spirit. In their lessons the first year two-weeker classes learned about health and all sang a song about parts of the body together. The third year two-weeker class went to the sports...

Day Eight - June 30, 2014

Published: July 1, 2014

In our evening program we talked about diplomacy and international relations. Countries with territory in the Arctic Circle must cooperate to manage bountiful resources in the northernmost part of the globe. In our simulation the two-weekers played the part of the American Department of Foreign Affairs and the four-weekers played the part of the Russian Duma. Both groups discussed who should have access to the resources and what actions should be taken to implement their plans, and negotiated with each other.

Day Six - June 28, 2014 (Updated)

Published: June 29, 2014

Our evening program today was about learning outdoor skills. Despite the rain, everyone had fun and learned new skills while practicing teamwork within their families. Inside the main building, the villagers assembled a tent, ran a rope obstacle course, and ran relay races.

Day Two - June 24, 2014 (Updated)

Published: June 24, 2014

Today the villagers had their first full day at Lesnoe Ozero. They spent the morning in their language classes, where they made new friends and learned new phrases in Russian. The theme of the second year classes is the Trans-Siberian Railroad, so each day the villagers will learn new vocabulary that they can use when traveling in Russia. Later in the day everyone picked their cultural classes for this week. The classes included balalaika, Ukrainian dyed eggs, Russian literature,...