13 years ago…
I remember very well that June morning in 2004. I was standing on a railway station and felt thrilled about my very first 5 students coming to Russian Language School “Enjoy Russia”.
Teachers, russian host families, and I, we all were really excited by their arrival!
And even now, after 13 years, I keep fond memories about Lenka from Check Republic, Stefani from Germany, Per from Denmark, John from USA and Eva from Sweden.
Preparation work was really well-done! First of all we were interested in providing our foreign students with Russian homestay! Even now I’m still convinced that communicating with native speakers – is the best way to learn the country, its traditions and culture! Warm care, long conversations while drinking hot tea with Russian blinis with raspberry jam, journeys to the country-house, collective friendly walks around the city – all this leads to the fast progress in learning the Russian Language and helps to avoid the cultural shock, that almost all our foreign students have while coming to Russia and especially if they are here for the first time.
First families who were involved into the program were selected among friends! We spent a lot of time with them while choosing best places to sightsee with our foreign friends! Waterfall Kivach, Kizhi Isalnd, Monasteries on Valaam island and Solovki, traditional Russian banya, picnic out of town with shashliki))) The list of activities was really huge, but the stay was only 4 weeks and we couldn’t show everything to our guests! Finally we made a really great job and after their stay some students became true friends with their Russian host families. Eva from Swiss has been to Petrozavodsk for several times after her first visit in 2004!
For 13 years we have taught Russian to more than 1200 students from all over the world! And we are always very pleased to get news and warm greetings from our Alumnus and to learn that their stays in Petrozavodsk made a great deal in their lives!
Natalia Pyantina, Head of the School