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Lesnoe Ozero

Russian Language Village
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About the Village

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!

Our Russian Location
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Tea Service
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Traditional Yurt
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Friendships for a Lifetime
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Pysanky Egg Art
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Traditional Desserts
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Central Asian Felt Crafts
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Culturally Authentic Costumes
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Enjoying the Great Outdoors
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Culturally Appropriate Cuisine
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Russian Literature
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Cultural Mealtime Presentation
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A New Alphabet
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Experience

Lesnoe Ozero | Лесное озеро

A Lifetime of Learning

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!

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Youth Overnight

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks

Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.

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High School Credit

Season: Year-round

Duration: 4 Weeks | 24 Weeks

Earn a year’s worth of language credit in just four weeks (24 weeks for Virtual fall/spring option). Accredited by Cognia.

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Adventure Day Camp

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week

Daytime programming for young villagers ready to explore the Village experience without overnight stays.

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Youth Virtual

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.

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Family Weeks & Weekends

Season: Year-round

Duration: 2 Days | 3 Days | 1 Week

Fun and learning for the whole family (and friends)! Enjoy culturally immersive activities, meals and tailored learning.

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Government & Corporate

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.

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Upcoming Russian Camps & Programs

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Russian High School Credit
Youth Overnight
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Russian
Dates:
Jul 15
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Aug 10
2024
Location:
North Site
Ages 13 - 18
Cost: $
5710
Please note that you are registering for a session that takes place on our North Site, a new location for El Lago del Bosque in 2024. This former resort makes the perfect backdrop for language learning in a natural setting with each cabin nestled into vivid green forest. Villagers at this site can expect smaller cabin groups and smaller language and activity class sizes. In later July and August, North Site serves as the permanent home for CLV’s Russian Language Village. Full descriptions of both sites can be found at https://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/languages/spanish#Location-1
Registration closes
Jun 17, 2024
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1
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Female openings:
1
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Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
Russian High School Credit
Youth Overnight
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Russian
Dates:
Jul 15
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Jul 27
2024
Location:
North Site
Ages 13 - 18
Cost: $
3110
Please note: This two week program is the equivalent of one semester, or 1/2 Carnegie Unit. Our four week credit program is a full Carnegie Unit, or one year. Minimum registration fee $325
Registration closes
Jun 24, 2024
Male openings:
2
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Female openings:
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Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
May 12, 2024
Russian Youth Four Week
Youth Overnight
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Russian
Dates:
Jul 15
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Aug 10
2024
Location:
North Site
Ages 11 - 18
Cost: $
5400
Please note that you are registering for a session that takes place on our North Site, a new location for El Lago del Bosque in 2024. This former resort makes the perfect backdrop for language learning in a natural setting with each cabin nestled into vivid green forest. Villagers at this site can expect smaller cabin groups and smaller language and activity class sizes. In later July and August, North Site serves as the permanent home for CLV’s Russian Language Village. Full descriptions of both sites can be found at https://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/languages/spanish#Location-1
Registration closes
Jun 17, 2024
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1
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Female openings:
1
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
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October 11, 2023
Russian Youth Two Week
Youth Overnight
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Russian
Dates:
Jul 15
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Jul 27
2024
Location:
North Site
Ages 10 - 18
Cost: $
2600
Please note that you are registering for a session that takes place on our North Site, a new location for El Lago del Bosque in 2024. This former resort makes the perfect backdrop for language learning in a natural setting with each cabin nestled into vivid green forest. Villagers at this site can expect smaller cabin groups and smaller language and activity class sizes. In later July and August, North Site serves as the permanent home for CLV’s Russian Language Village. Full descriptions of both sites can be found at https://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/languages/spanish#Location-1
Registration closes
Jun 17, 2024
Male openings:
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Female openings:
2
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
Russian Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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Russian
Dates:
Jul 22
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Jul 27
2024
Location:
North Site
Ages 13 - 18
Cost: $
1345
Please note that you are registering for a session that takes place on our North Site, a new location for El Lago del Bosque in 2024. This former resort makes the perfect backdrop for language learning in a natural setting with each cabin nestled into vivid green forest. Villagers at this site can expect smaller cabin groups and smaller language and activity class sizes. In later July and August, North Site serves as the permanent home for CLV’s Russian Language Village. Full descriptions of both sites can be found at https://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/languages/spanish#Location-1
Registration closes
Jun 24, 2024
Male openings:
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Female openings:
3
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
March 17, 2024
Russian Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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Russian
Dates:
Jul 29
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Aug 3
2024
Location:
North Site
Ages 7 - 18
Cost: $
1345
Please note that you are registering for a session that takes place on our North Site, a new location for El Lago del Bosque in 2024. This former resort makes the perfect backdrop for language learning in a natural setting with each cabin nestled into vivid green forest. Villagers at this site can expect smaller cabin groups and smaller language and activity class sizes. In later July and August, North Site serves as the permanent home for CLV’s Russian Language Village. Full descriptions of both sites can be found at https://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/languages/spanish#Location-1
Registration closes
Jul 1, 2024
Male openings:
5
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Female openings:
28
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
Russian Adventure Day Camp
Adventure Day Camp
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Russian
Dates:
Aug 12
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Aug 16
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 6 - 11
Cost: $
375
Availability in Day Camp programs is determined by total number of participants, not male or female capacity. There may be some discrepancies with the automatic availability tracker.
Registration closes
Jul 29, 2024
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Female openings:
10
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Session Full
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Government & Corporate Programs

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.

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OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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Our Location:

Lesnoe Ozero

Turtle River Lake (North Site)

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.

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Read more about our professional staff at Lesnoe Ozero, our Russian Language Village.

Lara Lara Ravitch

Dean

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.

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Work at Concordia Language Villages

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.