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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

Russian Lessons - RB52 Two-Weekers (Episode 1)

Published: July 8, 2015

Our villagers improving every day. Check out video from Russian lessons.

Closing Day - RB32 Two-Weekers

Published: July 4, 2015

Today we had closing day at Lesnoe Ozero for the two week program villagers. In the morning they were packing and exchanging their contacts so they can keep in touch throughout the year. They were both happy to see their parents and a bit sad to leave the village.

International Day!

Published: July 3, 2015

Today we woke up to the atmosphere excitement because we had to spend all day at Lac de Bois and Waldesee to celebrate the International Day! In the morning we reviewed all that we had prepared for the I-Day. On the way to I-Day we were practicing our Lesnoe Ozero krichalki (cheers) and pesni (songs) that we had prepared for our performance. When we arrived to Lac de Bois other camps have already waited for us there. All villagers and counselors were very...

Next Stantsiya Is ... Day 9

Published: June 30, 2015

Two week program villagers were learning body parts vocabulary and the second year villagers completed vrach (doctor) visit simulation then.

Russian Lessons - RB32 Two-Weekers (Episode 3)

Published: June 29, 2015

Our villagers improving every day. Check out video from Russian lessons.

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...

Russian Lessons - RB32 Two-Weekers (Episode 2)

Published: June 27, 2015

Our villagers improving every day. Check out video from Russian lessons.

Pushkin day

Published: June 24, 2015

During the day our villagers experienced apartment simulation as well as celebrated Pushkin Day

Russian Lessons - RB32 Two-Weekers (Episode 1)

Published: June 23, 2015

Our villagers improving every day. Check out video from Russian lessons.

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 have received certificates of completion of Concordia Russian Language program. It was sad to say goodbye because even though only one week have passed we all became friends. In the end of all together we sang our beloved Russian songs. We wish all our villagers a...

It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!

Published: June 19, 2015

As it was the last day of the first session we have celebrated Russian New Year at Lesnoe Ozero to make this day special.

Russian Lessons

Published: June 18, 2015

Our villagers improving every day. Check out video from Russian lessons.

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. The young adventurers finished the day in the center of the Solar system - around a bonfire.


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...

In Case You Missed It: Closing Program (RB34/RB52/Day Camp)

Published: July 19, 2014

This morning, we said our final farewells to villagers as they headed home. It’s hard to believe how fast our five wonderful weeks at Lesnoe Ozero have gone by- it’s been great seeing friendships form and language knowledge grow as villagers try out new activities and skills. It’s definitely been a memorable summer and we can’t wait to see everyone back next year.

It was great meeting so many friends and family members of villagers who were able to stay for the closing program. However, we know many villagers travel quite far sometimes to come to Lesnoe Ozero. For villagers and parents/guardians of villagers unable to make it, please check out the videos in this post.

Day Ten - July 16, 2014

Published: July 16, 2014

Today we had beautiful, warm weather and the villagers enjoyed the sunshine outside between classes and at the beach during free time. Having finished their exams, the credit students spent the day rehearsing for tomorrow’s play. The two-week students continued with their classes, and many of them chose to be Heroes of the Russian Language and speak only in Russian during the day. In the cultural hour classes, some groups began preparing presentations for our closing program this Friday.

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 Eight - July 14, 2014

Published: July 15, 2014

Today the students reviewed for their finals tomorrow and worked on their portfolios, and then in the evening started watching the Russian movie “Стиляги” (“Hipsters”), which is about the Soviet youth counter-culture movement in the 1950’s and 60’s. In the afternoon the villagers also picked their cultural classes for this week. The classes include classical music, canoeing, improv theater, balalaika, and sports.

Day Seven - July 13, 2014

Published: July 13, 2014

This evening the village ran a simulation of the tourist attractions and stops along the Moscow metro system, playing the part of tourists from America. The villagers split up by family and went to different stations where they collected souvenirs or took photographs of themselves next to landmarks, such as the Bolshoi Theater, Gorky Park, and Russia’s first MacDonald’s. At some stations the families videotaped themselves singing or dancing or reciting poetry. The families simultaneously had to avoid police officers and metro guards who would fine them if their documents were missing. In the end the family that managed to visit the most stations won, but all of the families had fun getting a taste of sight-seeing in Moscow.

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.    Our evening program also involved theater and acting. The villagers split into two groups and each group played different acting games. One station focused on physcial...

Day Three - July 9, 2014

Published: July 9, 2014

This evening we had a program about different kinds of dance, both modern and traditional. Dance is an important part of Russian culture, and the villagers had a chance to learn both Russian folk dances and dances from other countries which are practiced in Russia today. Groups of villagers at different stations learned a traditional dance from the Republic of Tuva, waltz, cha-cha, rumba, and матросики (a Russian sailor dance). Finally, everyone together danced the Russian folk dance ручеёк (rucheyok).

In Case You Missed It: Lesnoe Ozero RB32 Closing Program

Published: July 6, 2014

This past Saturday, several classes of all levels presented films to wrap up their two weeks here at Lesnoe Ozero. Here’s a recap of RB32 Closing Program highlights.

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...

More videos from the 2-week program

Published: June 28, 2014

As villagers continue to make great progress in their language classes and other aspects of village life, we have a few more videos to show. The villagers in these videos are primarily first-year villagers, but in the next week we will have videos from the second-year and third-year curriculum groups.

Tuva Day- Day Five - June 27, 2014

Published: June 28, 2014

Today we celebrated the Republic of Tuva. This Russian republic is located in Central Asia and the south of Siberia, and is the home of five of our staff members this year. This evening the villagers were able to try traditional Tuvan dance, watch videos of Tuvan wrestling, listen to Tuvan throat singing and even practice lassoing horses on the Siberian steppe.

2-week program: Day 3 videos

Published: June 27, 2014

Here are a few videos from our 2-week program, keep an eye out for more videos as classes put them together

Day Five - June 20, 2014

Published: June 20, 2014

Today was our last full day of our first session at Lesnoe Ozero. Everyone wrapped up their lessons and finished their culture 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 and had a formal banquet with блины (russian crepes), the traditional food for maslenitsa. The villagers had time afterward to take pictures with all the wonderful people they’ve met this week. Then, for evening program, we played traditional russian games and did both traditional and modern russian dances. Finally, we burned the maslenitsa чучело (scarecrow) to symbolize welcoming in the spring.

Day Three - June 18, 2014

Published: June 19, 2014

Villagers painting matryoshki dolls during cultural hour.

Today we learned about сказки (Russian fairy tales). Baba Yaga, Golden Fish, and Kolobok appeared in the village throughout the day to introduce today’s meals. For evening program the villagers split into three groups and watched Russian cartoons about each fairy tale character. They visited the swamp to see Baba Yaga in her chicken-footed house, the seashore to see the fisherman who caught the Golden Fish, and the woods to see Kolobok.

Getting Ready for 2014

Published: September 18, 2013

Thank you for visiting the Lesnoe Ozero blog! Our sessions for 2013 have now come to a close, but below are some highlights from Lesnoe Ozero this past summer:

Отличный фильм о здоровье! (Awesome film with Health vocabulary)
Day 23- July 16, 2013
Day 22- July 15, 2013

If you are as excited for the Summer of 2014 as well are, don’t forget to register early! Sessions fill up fast, and participants who sign up before Dec. 2nd, 2013, receive their 2014 summer program at 2013 rates.

In the News

Published: July 26, 2013

Lesnoe Ozero made the local news! Congratulations to all the featured eprformers!

Day 27- July 20, 2013

Published: July 20, 2013

Sadly, today was the official end of a fantastic summer here at Lesnoe Ozero. The morning was filled with goodbyes and hugs as villagers bid farewell to the new (and old) friends they made this summer at the village. At the closing program, we saw some of the videos two-week and four-week students worked on during their time here. It was great to see how much villagers learned, and how they were able to creatively express new words and phrases. Check out the videos on the Lesnoe Ozero playlist of the CLV Youtube channel, found here. Thank you to everyone who made this summer at Lesnoe Ozero so wonderful! Увидимся!

Closing Program First-Year Curriculum Project

Published: July 20, 2013

Молодцы Ребята! {video-1}


Published: July 19, 2013

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Published: July 19, 2013


Blog o Prirode!

Published: July 17, 2013


Blog oб оdezhdе

Published: July 17, 2013


Free Time Blog Videos

Published: July 17, 2013

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