The 29th Russian Language and Culture Camp Closed
From May 18 till June 9 the Institute of Foreign Languages hosted guests: nine American students and two teachers from the St. Scholastica College (Duluth, Minnesota) and St. Martin’s University (Olympia), leaders of the project on the American part, Karen Rosenflanz and Jamie Olson.
The organizers of the camp and the students of the Institute (program “English Language and German Language”) arranged an eventful program for the Americans to master their proficiency in the Russian language and learn about the culture of Russia and Karelia, as for the international students this is the first opportunity to get a firsthand experience of our culture.
Daily Russian language classes were complemented with meetings at the Russian discussion club and lectures on Russian slang.
The camp will be remembered for the meetings with interesting people who represent diverse areas of life. For instance, a lecture was delivered by the ombudsman for children of the Republic of Karelia Gennady Saraev, the Vice-Rector for International Affairs Marina Gvozdeva told about the education system in Russia, while Aleksandr Potapov, Director of a Petrozavodsk enterprise, talked about doing business in our country,
The cultural program included visits to the Ruskeala Mountain Park, the Kizhi Island, rafting on the Shuya River, attending performances of the BEST student theater, meeting with the former team leader of the Club of the Funny and Inventive Aleksandr Kurgansky. Together with Kajahuš folk and ethnographic ensemble the students learned to dance kruuga and traditional Karelian dances. The Kajahuš ensemble performs traditional Karelian songs, folk tunes, games, and dances.
At the end of the program, the American students were awarded certificates of successful completion of a course on the Russian language and Russian culture.
Jamie Olson and Karen Rosenflanz thanked the teachers of the Department of the English Language of the IFL of PetrSU for the warm welcome, great organization of the camp and expressed their hope for another meeting, this time in America.