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.
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.
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...
Today, we celebrated Ukraine Day, starting with the Ukrainian national anthem in the morning. Throughout the day, villagers were able to hear meal presentations with Ukrainian words and phrases. In the evening, we played traditional Ukrainian and Cossack games. Due to a sudden rain storm, all of our games were moved inside. There were various strength competitions and team games at different stations throughout our new building, St. Petersburg. At the end of the program, a representative of each family competed in a pushup competition. It was a fun way for the credit students to destress and for everyone to cheer on our Lesnoe Ozero families.