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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. Some of the groups went over verbs, cases, apartment vocabulary, and weather. They had to describe what they like to do using verbs and had to tell what they need to wear whether it's fall, summer, winter or...

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...

Day 4 You

Published: June 25, 2015

Today we had a busy day fulfilled with new experience and knowledge. Our villagers started out their day with mannaya kasha (semolina) and fruits. After breakfast all villagers had Russian lessons and learnt new vocabulary. Intermediate class had apartment simulation game where they had to buy furniture and had to call real Russian book and furniture stores to check availability of certain items for their "apartments". While beginner and advanced classes continued...

New day, New friends

Published: June 23, 2015

Today was the first full day for our two week and four week villagers and was full of new impressions.

Baikonur in the woods

Published: June 18, 2015

Today we continued enjoying natural beauty of Lesnoe Ozero and having fun during the Space day in the camp.   Throughout the day we had intergalactic футбол (soccer) and волейбол (volleyball) battles. During cultural hours we learnt how to cook orbital печенье (cookies) and meteoric оливье (Russian...

Sweet weather, sweet day!

Published: June 17, 2015

We started our day with Russian lessons where beginners continued to learn village vocabulary, heritage speakers learnt more about сказка (story-telling) and adults studied new phrases in Russian and could even speak to each other a little bit during lunch.


Published: June 16, 2015

Day 2 started with a sunny but chilly weather and каша (oatmeal) for breakfast to deepen the knowledge and feel of Russian cuisine of our villagers. After the breakfast they had their first lesson and learnt new words in Russian.  During cultural hours we did a variety of activities such as soccer, volleyball, chess, dancing, cooking class, and painting матрёшки (Russian nesting...

Day Nine - July 15th, 2014

Published: July 16, 2014

This evening the villagers learned about the various republics in Central Asia. At different stations, the families got to experience the cultures and languages of Казахстан (Kazakhstan), Киргизия (Kyrgyzstan), Таджикистан (Tajikistan), Туркмения (Turkmenistan), and Узбекистан (Uzbekistan). The families learned about Central Asian holidays, learned words in Kazakh and Tajik, and looked at the locations of the republics on a map. They also played soccer, which is an essential part of Central Asian culture.

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 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 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.

Just a few ways camp is like the Olympics

Published: February 18, 2014

As I sit and watch this years Olympics in Sochi, Russia, it occurs to me that the Olympics are very much like summer camp. For a brief moment in time, people from all over the world come together to experience something magical. Then, in the blink of an eye, everyone returns to their respective homes, enriched by the lessons learned and looking forward to returning once again.