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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.

Lesnoe Ozero Got Talent!

Published: July 11, 2015

On Saturday our villagers performed the Talent show. During the show two-weekers, credit program villagers, and counselors were singing, dancing, playing guitar, flute, and doing gymnastics.

Check out how many talented people we have at Lesnoe Ozero.

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

Here We Go Again

Published: July 7, 2015

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.

Next Stantsiya Is ... Day 9

Published: June 30, 2015

Two week program villagers were learning body parts vocabulary and the second year villagers from the program completed vrach (doctor) visit simulation then. They made a role-play during which they had to describe illness they had or a body part that hurt (see pictures below).  The villagers gathered by family in the restaurant for the evening program devoted to the Moscow metro system known as one of the most beautiful subway systems in the world. Families were distributed...

У природы нет плохой погоды

Published: June 27, 2015

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...

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...

Closing Day - Family Program and One-Weekers

Published: June 20, 2015

Today we had closing day at Lesnoe Ozero. In the morning villagers were packing and exchanging their contacts so they can keep in touch throughout the year. We had official part with parents and kids where villagers received certificate of completion of Concordia Russian Language program.

It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!

Published: June 19, 2015

Today we had the final full day for one-weekers and Family program. To make this day special we celebrated Russian New Year at Lesnoe Ozero. All day long we were getting ready for the evening program to celebrate this very special holiday for all Russian-speaking people. Meanwhile, our villagers continued attend Russian lessons and cultural hours to review what they have learnt throughout the week. They finished their projects that they were doing during their cultural hours. Some...


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 Six - July 12, 2014

Published: July 13, 2014

Today we had a special Saturday schedule. Instead of classes, the villagers went to fun activities throughout the day. Villagers could play card games, practice archery, do tie-dye, or even learn phrases in Georgian. For one activity the students made п​ельмени (dumplings) that everyone ate for dinner. During our extended free time today. villager had the opportunity to swim at the beach, play games outside, and buy souvenirs and candy in the store.

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.

International Day - July 4, 2014

Published: July 5, 2014

Today was the day we have been preparing for and looking forward to all week: International Day! In the morning the villagers practiced their Lesnoe Ozero cheers and took a bus to the French village Lac du Bois. There, we met up with villagers from Lac du Bois (Bemidji), the Japanese village Mori no Ike, the Spanish village El Lago del Bosque (Cass Lake), the Portuguese village Mar e Floresta, and the French Voyageurs. Everyone had a...

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...

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...