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Russian course in Karelia

6th February 2006

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From: Russian Language School "Open Your Russia" [mailto:[removed]]
Sent: 06 February 2006 09:45

Russian Language School in Karelia “Open Your Russia”
for people with the limited budget for traveling

Do not miss this unique opportunity to visit Russia, to improve your Russian language skills, to get to know more about Russians and their way of life.

We invite everyone to visit Karelia, the land of unpolluted lakes and woods. Karelia is one of the regions of the Russian Federation and shares its borders with Finland. Karelia is famous for its cultural masterpieces as well as its unique natural beauty.

Our School “Open Your Russia” is based at Petrozavodsk Teacher Training College  which is situated in the center of Petrozavodsk, in the socalled “green zone” (natural park areas), far from  main roads. Near the college there are sports grounds as well as parks where our participants may rest after class. Five minutes’ walk from the college there is a cafe where our participants may have meals.

Location: Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia
Period: March– December 2006
             Summer Active Russian Language Youth Program,
             Intensive Language courses for Adults,
             Special Course “Ten days in  a  Russian village”,
             One-to-one Russian Language course,
             Russian Language program in Karelia and Great Novgorod.

Costs: Registration fee 50 euros, tuition fee 170 – 200 euros (for 4 weeks), homestay 100 euros (without meals), cultural program from 50 euros.
Application procedure starts in January.
 Early Registration:  All people who apply for the Summer Active Russian Language Youth Program before February 28,  2006 will  only have to pay the special tuition fee of 180 euros for 4 weeks’ stay .

Why come to the Russian Language School in Karelia "Open Your Russia"?
v Our programs  offer an alternative to the standard academic summer programs. We pay special attention to the designing of specialist courses. We avoid the  standard general course format and offer original courses including extra-curricular activities  .
v Our classes are held not only in the classroom but also in authentic locations; in real cafes, shops, bookstores, streets, post offices, in other words,  everywhere where you can learn day-to-day Russian.

We use  a unique tutor system. Our tutors are Russian students who help our foreign students to adapt to local conditions and involve them in Russian everyday life more. Our tutors go with foreign students to the cinemas, to the bars, to the concerts, to the museums, to the night clubs, and even organize parties (for ex, National Food Party, Russian Food Party).

v A  small organization such as ours is more flexible enabling it to cater to the students’ needs and is always  willing to alter the program if our participants request this.
v Our coordinators organize sight-seeing tours aimed at giving a full introduction to Russia and the Russian culture.

Here are some comments  from our past course-participants:

² "I must say that I have been left with an excellent impression, not only of the program but also of Russia and Russian people. I would definitely recommend this program to other people. First of all, the language program is very good and you learn a lot in a short time. Secondly, all the excursions are great fun and you get to visit beautiful locations and see the real Russia. Finally, all the coordinators and tutors are wonderful and we had a great time together.” Caroline Pierce, Ireland
²"The coordinators & other people of the organization have set up a really good program; with good teaching methods and activities by which we were able to get to know each other better & better. Because the groups aren’t too large, the program is flexible and it has been possible to integrate activities many people wanted or changes into program.” Natalia Boet, Netherlands

Please take a look at our site http://education.karelia.ru
and contact our coordinator, Ms.  Alya Mugacheva by e-mail: [removed]

Russian Language School in Karelia "Open Your Russia" Center "Initiative"
Studencheskiy pereulok 13-a, office 119
Petrozavodsk, 185007 Russia
e-mail: [removed]
tel/fax +7 8142 78 11 30

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