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RB01 Opening Day!

Published: August 16, 2016

Yesterday, we welcomed 13 one-week villagers and three families to camp! We are so excited for the week ahead!

Opening Day, RB82!

Published: August 2, 2016

​We welcome 31 new two-week villagers to Lesnoe Ozero!

Opening Day! RB62/64

Published: July 19, 2016

Yesterday, we welcomed 39 two-week villagers and 27 four-week credit villagers to camp. The staff had been hard at work this past weekend preparing the site. This is the first year that Lesnoe Ozero has run in the second half of the summer. This year, our sessions began after the end of Sup sogŭi Hosu, the Korean language village, which shares our site. When villagers first arrived, they were greeted by Dasha and Gosha, who offered them bread and salt as...

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.

Privet to the New Session!

Published: June 22, 2015

We are happy to welcome our two week and four week villagers today. This year we are completely full at Lesnoe Ozero. All villagers had to go through customs, passport control, and currency exchange. Also they had to switch their real names to Russians, turned in their cell phones, American books, and American music. They could only leave books and music related to Russian culture. After everybody arrived we gathered at...


Published: June 15, 2015

​Today we met our first villagers and had a great day together! First day has created a positive attitude to the upcoming session.

Day One - July 7, 2014

Published: July 7, 2014

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.

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...

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)