At Lesnoe Ozero, Лесное озеро, our Russian Language Village, you’ll experience living in another language and participating in cultural activities from a variety of countries and cultures where Russian is widely spoken. Design your own nesting matryoshka doll or Ukrainian pysanky (Easter egg); explore music such as Tuvan throat-singing, Tchaikovsky and the three-stringed balalaika; practice your dance skills with the acrobatic Ukrainian hopak or the lyrical Central Asian kara jorga; or develop your culinary talents by cooking blini (crepe-style pancakes) or hachapuri (Georgian cheese bread). You’ll also learn more about important current and past world events in our history and international relations activities. Explore new cultures at Lesnoe Ozero!
From our flagship summer youth camps to family programs and adults-only sessions, Concordia Language Villages provides a lifetime of language learning and cultural adventure. Find the program that’s right for you!
Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks
Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.
Duration: 1 Week
Daytime programming for young villagers ready to explore the Village experience without overnight stays.
Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.
Duration: 2 Days | 3 Days | 1 Week
Fun and learning for the whole family (and friends)! Enjoy culturally immersive activities, meals and tailored learning.
Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.
A global outlook is important for success in the domestic and international arena. Concordia Language Villages offers customized corporate, government and military training programs to meet the specific needs of our clients.More Information
Need-based scholarships are available for Russian summer youth immersion sessions through the Passport Fund. Scholarships are based on a family’s adjusted gross income, number of dependents and the length of the session.
Additionally, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1,000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.
The main residential area of Lesnoe Ozero sits on a small peninsula with excellent views from the north shores of Turtle River Lake. A former resort, our site features authentic pine log cabins housing between six and 14 people per cabin, typically in bedrooms sleeping four people each. Each cabin features one or two private bathrooms with showers shared by the participants and staff living in that cabin.
The two-story, sun-filled cabins are fully furnished, so you will have plenty of table space for lessons and games. The cabins also have kitchens for cooking activities. The charming living areas provide a place where you can sit and chat or read a book in front of a cozy, wood stove — just like in a real Russian cottage!
Living quarters, activity spaces and the health center are in several centrally located spaces on the site. The cabin area is a short walk to the main building, which includes a dining hall and Village store. Other highlights of the site include a beautiful beach and several nature trails.
Read more about our professional staff at Lesnoe Ozero, our Russian Language Village.
Lara Lara Ravitch has been with Concordia Language Villages since 1995 and the dean of Lesnoe Ozero since 2005. She has worked in the kitchen and as program staff at both the Russian and French Language Villages since 2002. Lara lived in Moscow for three years, is fluent in Russian and French and has studied Spanish and Czech. Lara graduated from Connecticut College with an international studies certificate and a B.A. in Russian and European studies and theater and has and M.A. in Language Teaching from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a M.A. in Special Education from University of Oregon. She currently works as the coordinator of the Russian language program at the University of Oregon.
Concordia Language Villages staff may speak a Village language, creatively teach culture, work and play hard. They also develop skills and qualities that will make them excellent employees in any field.