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Hee En from Singapore, Summer 2019
In the end of the course I was able to code-switch by thinking in Russian, without the need to think in English before translating into Russian. Regular immersion strengthens language ability when one’s native environment is not conducive to the speaking of the language. This program of full immersion does wonders for one’s language ability!
Chloe from the UK, Summer 2019
I would recommend Petrozavodsk and the “EnjoyRussian” Language School to anyone studying Russian. As well as the school itself having great teachers, the location gives you the chance to explore a part of Russia that you may never visit otherwise. Both with other students and my host family, I was able to visit the city and surrounding areas, giving me an insight into ‘real Russia’.
Clarissa from Italy, Summer 2019
I knew about “Enjoy Russian” school thanks to my friend, who came here the last summer for a month.
I liked the School. To me the teaching method was brilliant. Now I can understand so much better what people are telling me and the more I listen to them, the more I remember. With practice, everything is better. The first week I knew only a few words. Also, I liked cultural activities, especially the dancing class.
Micol from Italy, Summer 2019
Our teacher was extremely patient with all the students every time corrected us when we made mistakes. I learned many new Russian verbs and improved my speaking skills. I lived in a great host family – they are very nice, friendly, and patient people. And in my room I had all I need. Petrozavodsk is situated near the lake, and it’s perfect if you want to combine study and relax, and the prices are lower than in other bigger city such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg. I would definitely recommend this program!
Laura from Switzerland, Summer 2019
I improved my listening and talking, which was exactly what I was looking for. What helped was also to stay in a host family. My host mom was motivating me to talk, that was very helpful. Besides I also learned a lot with her, about very different subjects. One could feel her eager to learn and understand things and I could listen to her for hours. A very inspiring person. I hope that next time my Russian will be even better to talk to her. 😉
Gabriele from Italy, Summer 2019
The teacher was very helpful and all the time she organized different exercises and games to improve speaking skills. Also my host family spoke with me on the morning and on the evening every day. And the volunteers helped me whenever I needed. I had an optimum communication when we speak in Russian with them.
Now I speak Russian more fluently and I have learnt many new words.
André from Switzerland, summer 2019
I was very happy with the course. It was very diverse and we always approached subjects from different angles (games, describing, writing). Learning more about verbal aspects and verbs of motion was also very helpful. The quality of the education was very good and I really liked the atmosphere. The school is not that big, which means, that it’s very easy to meet new people and have fun together. I also participated in cultural activities, organized by the school, and all them were very helpful and a lot of fun. I would take part in them again.
Morten from Denmark, autumn 2019
It was interesting and useful. The teacher used creative and original teaching methods, including projects/ video/ outdoor lessons/ games/ discussions. I was very pleased with the cultural program. Especially the Banja evening and cooking event pleased me a lot!
Irma from Finland, autumn 2019
Irma, Finland: I had the most patient teacher you can image who could adapt her teaching individually to each of students in my group. Petrozavodsk is a lovely city. The first week I stayed with my lovely, warm-hearted host Irina. Many thanks to her! It was a very good experience. Be there next year!
Amaury from France, Summer 2019
Olga Eliseeva was my teacher , I learned a lot with her, very pleasant and efficient courses. Now I can understand more or less a guide in a museum I’ve even caught the Russian accent! My host family was a real jackpot! I’m very happy that I’ve been with them the whole stay. We always talked a lot during our lunches and went to the datcha. And I really enjoyed to discover Karelia with its museums, natural spots, monuments, activities like banya!
Sima from the USA, Summer 2019
I really improved my skills, my Russian went more from a passive language to an active language. And my host family was amazing, the highlight of the trip! All my requirements were met and they did so much more than they had to. Really went above and beyond.
I really enjoyed the traditional dancing class and the ballet. “Enjoy Russian” language school is a great chance to learn so much, enjoy yourself and you get to see Russia from a more insider perspective.
Guilherme from Brazil, Summer 2019
The school and the city were great and I had a really good time there. Petrozavodsk is a quiet city with lots of different activities and beautiful nature and its people are very welcoming! At Scholl our teacher used different methods during the lesson like games, music and texts, that really helped to make the lessons more interesting and funny and making everyone participate a lot. The volunteers helped in everyday life and we had their phone numbers and WhatsApp group, what made the communication easy and efficient.
Nicolai from Denmark, Summer 2019
Content of the language course was absolutely perfect. My host family was great, I had everything I needed: comfortable bed, table and privacy. I would like to stay in touch with my host family, they are great persons! I also enjoyed сcommunication with volunteers, they were kind and helpful at introducing me the city.
Sarah from the USA, Summer 2019
Content of the language course was excellent. Olga was perfect in all ways, I am very grateful for her work! She answered all my questions and every time prepared interesting lessons. Also I had great communication with my host family
Gisela from Germany, July 2019
Study program was absolutley perfect for me!And I love my host family! I have learned a lot about Russian culture, history of Republic of Karelia, social developmnet. We discussed interesting issues. And Galina (the hostess) is a very good cook, she makes healthy and varied dishes. Now i love Russian cuisine.
Laura Lorenza, Italy
The teacher was very attentive, patient and answered all our questions, I couldn’t wish anything more! And I had so much communication during my stay and even before my arrival. The host family was very helpful and provided everything. I would like to keep in touch with them!
Gulia Bernardi, Italy
I couldn’t ask for a better teacher. She was very professional and determined and also friendly. My host family was always kind and helpful, there was a lot of communication. She always made sure that everything was fine with me. I enjoyed a lot all the activities, but in particular the trip to Kizhi and the adventure park.
Siying from Singapore, May 2019
Language course was interesting and useful. We played some games that encourage me to form longer sentences and explain myself better. I managed to speak a lot in Russian and this has helped me feel more confident in speaking Russian, as compared to before.
My host family has been very helpful and friendly, and I feel really welcomed by them. I enjoy talking with the members of the family and we even played Monopoly together.The staff respond quickly to my questions and helped to settle all the administrative matters both before and after my arrival to Petrozavodsk. Everyone has been very helpful.
Michela Barberis, Italy
All teachers were very attentive, they always wanted us to talk, and talk, and talk in Russian. And that was a great motivatioan! And in my host family we talked only in Russian and that improved my communication skills. To study at “EnjoyRussian School” is a unique way to improve your language level in several weeks in a cozy atmosphere, just like in a family.
Felix from Scotland, March-May 2019
I liked the variety in the learning, as I am a very passive learner and do not learn through repetition in a classroom: often we would walk and get coffee, or learn via quizlet. Teachers helped me to learn specific topics and I really enjoyed every lesson. It wasn’t work, it as fun!
I think that the immersion, classes, tandem and teaching style all made me better at Russian!
And I think I have made lifelong friends with lots of the volunteers in Petrozavodsk!
Mari from USA, 2018
I was very pleased with the quality of the lessons! The teachers always made class interesting and it was easy to pay attention the whole time. I was also happy with the textbooks and the pace of new material being introduced. I liked all cultural activities and my favorite one was the Russian speaking club.
Petrozavodsk is a really lovely city to study Russian in, and provides a glimpse into “normal” Russian life. I loved being able to visit my hosts’ dacha and experience stunning Karelian nature!
Myriam from France, Spring 2019
I would recommend courses especially for beginners. It’s more comfortable to stay not in a big city. In Petrozavodsk you may find a better “quality of life” and it’s safe. In a town like this you are closer to Russian reality and feel free to communicate with locals. I can see real improvements: I can understand native speakers and I can express my feelings and opinion.
Igor from Sweden, Spring 2019
My teacher Alina was one of the best I’ve ever met! She was very patient and could handle improvisation. And living in a host family and feelling so welcoming, make new friends – that’s a really remarkable experience! Moreover, it is a great chance to see how people live in Russia from the inner side. Except classes we had a wonderful cultural program and I had no time to kill by myself. Everything was excellent and in the end I realized that I can actually communicate in Russian.
Iris from Switzerland, Spring 2019
Very creative teaching methods! The teacher immediately found out my needs, reacted to my mistakes and formed lessons in order to overcome it.
The organization was perfect! It was so easy for me to come, I was provided all necessary information, every step was clear and I had no fear to go to another country. The idea to involve volunteers is super super good! They were so helpful, willing to translate, show you the city and discuss different themes.
Sirpa from Finland, Spring 2019
Our teacher was very creative, the topics we discussed were very interesting and actual each time. I felt so comfortable in my host family, right from the first moment. I enjoyed the time we spend together and will never forget how we celebrated “Maslenitca” in a small Karelian village.
Elena from Slovakia, March 2019
The time schedule of language courses was absolutely perfect for me! Our teacher Alina was very patient and open-minded, I liked the way she explained new things. She took into account that we were from various environments and understood things in different ways.
Barbara from Germany, September 2018
The teachers were very good and dedicated. I liked that they were introducing and practicing new words. I’d like to learn more about Russian literature and art. I am absoultely happy with my homestay! These people were so lovely.
Emma from the UK, autumn 2018
The lessons were very interesting. I improved my speaking skills the most. The teachers were all very helpful and attentive, always willing to help with any student’s problems. My host family was very lovely, I felt very comfortable, like a well-treated guest. I was impressed with the cultural program. There was such an interesting variety of activities! Everything was well organized. The volunteers were all very friendly.
Guilia from Italy, May-November 2018
This language course was very useful, because it helped me refresh my previous knowledge and taught me new things through creative methods. I especially improved my speaking skills. I lived with Tanya, she was a wonderful friend, I always felt at home with her. All volunteers were very sweet. In summer I went wanter skiing in the the lake, and it was amazing.
Katrina from the UK, October/November 2018
Both of my teachers were extremely helpful and kind. They made me feel like I had people, who could support me if I needed it, which was very important. My host family was also very helpful and welcoming. The cultural program was really good and well-organized.
Manca from Slovenia, September 2018
It was great and very useful, I learned a lot of vocabulary. I find the way of teaching very innovative and full of great ideas. I became good friends with my host family, we played board games and did a lot of other fun stuff. I recommend this language courses for those who want to gain confidence in speaking the Russian language.
Elena from Italy, September 2018
The teachers we had were amazing! They helped a lot, answered all questions, and they were always ready to talk about the things that interested us the most. I learnt new words and I spoke a lot, so I think I became more fluent in Russian. In my host family I really felt at home, we went to “dacha”, and I really love it. We ate “blini”, “shashliki”, went to “banya” and swam in the lake. All volunteers were nice and ready to help. I really enjoyed all the activities we did during our stay.
Laura from Italy, September 2018
I really liked the course, I’ve learnt too much and I think that the way of teaching is interesting and useful. I am very happy with the organization. In my host family I felt like at home, I will come again in Petrozavodsk to visit them. I really improved my old skills and learnt lots of new words. All my wishes have been satisfied!
Lydia from Spain, autumn 2018
My host family made me feel at home. The teachers and administration staff are excellent. People in Petrozavodsk are very nice. It was great to meet Russian volunteers. I improved my level of the Russian language, now I better understand people, when they talk. I will definitely carry on studying Russian!
Yumen from China, November/December 2018
Russian is a hard language to learn, but the help of people in Petrozavodsk makes me more confident. Alina is an excellent teacher, she provided me with rich and diverse materials. Now I am able to speak more and talk faster. In my Russian host family I felt warm and welcomed. They took me to her dacha and Banya. It was excellent! It was my pleasure to be with them. I would like more of my fellow Chinese to come here to study Russian and learn more from Russia.
Aziliz from Luxembourg
I would like to participate in the program again. It was a perfect mix of discovering new places in Karelia and learning Russian! In two weeks every day is remarkable, I really liked the Banya and every moment spent with my Russian hosts. I improved my Russian quite much I think.
Hannah, summer course 2018
My Russian teacher did well. She used very good methods by teaching the language and it matched my level of Russian. I received all the necessary information before my journey, I would recommend learning Russian in Petrozavodsk to everyone, teachers and the staff are very nice!
Nick from the USA, summer 2018
The teacher went above and beyond answering my questions, kind, caring, knowledgeable. My Russian hosts were very helpful and engaging, I had everything I needed here in Petrozavodsk, we often had very good conversation. I improved my Russian vocabulary and general grammar
Susanne from the USA, summer 2018
Great experience! Russia is an incredible place that I think everyone – especially those studying the language – should see! I learned a lot!
Teresa from Spain, summer 2018
I’ve spent here 1 month but it wasn’t enough. Teacher Alina is very good and I would recommend her to anyone. The content of the course was excellent!
Gabriel from Switzerland
I’m very happy with the Russian tutors teaching techniques, I had great communication with Russian host family, Banya was the culturally brilliant discovery. I improved my Russian oral comprehension, extended my knowledge of vocabulary and knew more about the grammar.
Maeva from France, 3 weeks in Russia
I enjoyed Russian active classes, good methods and interesting themes. Russian banya was amazing, interesting and friendly! There are many things to do in Petrozavodsk. I would recommend the program to anyone!
Samuel from Finland
Teaching has been excellent. Russian tutors were very helpful as well as my Russian host family. I felt very comfortable in Petrozavodsk. My skills improved a lot, I was talking to my host family and could hear Russian all the time, so that was good!
Jean-Christoph from Canada
When I arrived I could not speak Russian AT ALL! Now I’m able to make some sentences. So it is good! The cultural program in Petrozavodsk was great, the volunteers were very nice, if I have the time, I would participate again. I’ve learned a lot and discovered many places in Karelia. Remarkable moments? I loved the banya and trips during the weekends!
Nathan, the UK
I feel like I’ve made an enormous amount of progress in Russian and can now discuss deep political issues. The teaching techniques at Enjoy Russian were modern and inspiring. We were able to take part in lots of different activities and get to meet lots of people. Thanks to Russian volunteers it was easy to settle in the life of Petrozavodsk.
Jagger from Great Britain
The focus on speaking Russian is excellent! The teachers of Enjoy Russian school have really helped me become more confident. Russians understand me when I talk! This has made me less afraid to make mistakes! Alina and Katya are easily 2 of the best teachers I’ve ever had. The Russian volunteers are wonderful. The school is great for everyone regardless of age, origins, etc. I would definitely like to participate in the program again!
Oliver from the UK
Learning Russian in Petrozavodsk was excellent. We’ve been using a lot of interesting methods. I felt very comfortable with my Russian host family and I would like to keep in touch with them on Facebook. I really enjoyed my Kizhi trip and the banya. Many thanks to Russian volunteers, they all were very nice and spoke to me lots in Russian. The coolest event? Travellig across the frozen Lake Onega! I think my spoken Russian and my ability to listen to Russian improved the most!
Katherine Lefevre, Belgium
It is a great programme. I really enjoyed my stay in Russia and I learned a lot. The Russian language course was very interesting and useful, the teacher was excellent. Now I speak Russian with more confidence. It was interesting living with a host family in Petrozavodsk and talk to native speakers. My host was very lovely, always willing to help, living conditions were perfect. I wish I had more time in Russia so I could meet more volunteers.
Sonja Ruottunen, Finland
Content of the Russian language course was excellent. Fun teaching methods that kept to Russian class interesting. I wish I could have stayed longer at Enjoy Russian school in Petrozavodsk to learn more complex vocabulary. Russian native speaking teacher took into account our wishes and needs. My host family in Petrozavodsk was great, just the right balance of communication and privacy. I would definitely recommend this program: definitely value for money.
Sam from the UK
Teachers at the school are, in my opinion, very good. Very useful to have contacts with the volunteers, who were very helpful. I enjoyed everything! I will definitely recommend the school to other students
Martijn from the Netherlands
I learned a lot and had a great time! Honestly, every day was great. Teachers were very knowledgeable and each teacher had their own style. No questions went unanswered!
Kaper Hauke from Germany
Plenty of teaching methods were used – films, audio, role plays. We had a lot of talking practice during Russian lessons which I liked very much. The teacher made a very good job and showed sincere interest in the needs of every single student!
Joanna from the UK
Teachers used the variety of different methods which kept lessons interesting. The host family were very helpful and nice and it was great living with them. I felt very at home with them and they made an effort to talk with me and make me feel welcome. I really enjoyed the program and felt that it really helped my language skills. Everyone is really nice, the classes are small and you really get a chance to learn but also feel at home.
Brad from Australia, long-term Russian language course
I came knowing nothing almost and I am leaving with a lot of knowledge. I found heaps of culture in the 3 months I have beem in Petrozavodsk. Concerts, museums, dance classes, as well as visits to Kizhi and Kivach waterfall. Enjoy Russian school volunteers have been excellent. Their standard of English is outstanding!
Vishwesh Kulkarni, the UK
The course content was interesting and useful. The teacher used games and discussions everyday and also helped me prepare a 15-minute presentation towards the end of the course. In my host family I felt welcome, secure, and comfortable. Petrozavodsk is a beautiful little town with nice, welcoming,
talented people. It has a very good cultural life: museums, musical concerts, outdoor sports, and very good gymnasiums.
Judit Bünter, Switzerland
The content of the language course was excellent. I would like to participate in the program again: good learning progress, motivating atmosphere, nice city, friendly and helpful people. I would recommend this program to others as it’s perfect to learn Russian! I truly liked everything!
Klaus Eisenhauer, Germany
I had an individual course which was held extremely flexible and made-to-measure for my needsand language knowledge. I learned a lot and understood how I should learn in the future. My teacher did a great job, she explained me everything in a very professional and kind way. Communication with the family was very pleasant. I feel now that I really can learn and actively speak Russian!
Lydia Olsen, France
I really want to come back not only because I love Russian but because of the people I met on this course! I wish I could stay longer to learn even more! The material used I believed was engaging and helped me a great deal. My teacher was immensely helpful. She corrected my mistakes but I never felt under pressure to not make the mistakes. My host family provided everyrhing for me. Everything was well organised and everybody was eager to help.
Mohamed Shiyam, Maldives
I would like to thank my great teachers and the host family from the bottom of my heart! They are one of the best people I have ever met in my life. Volunteers played a vital role in making my stay in Petrozavodsk memorable. I will come here next year and try to bring somebody with me! Because I am pretty sure nobody else would have such a beautiful environment to study Russian language.
Magdalena Milivijac, Italy
It was very interesting and useful, they used creative and original teaching methods such as projects, videos, games and discussions. My teachers met all my requirements and they took into account all my wishes and needs. My skills have improved. I can understand a lot of things when I watch TV in Russian!
Manuela Smart, Switzerland
No questions went unanswered. Very good teaching standards, nice town and fun region. I revised what I knew, learned new vocabulary and difficult things like motion verbs.
Marc Bradford, the USA
Natalia would teach us some grammar topics and then we would play a few games using them. We even went to a grocery store one day and used our language skills there, which I thought was very useful. Out of all educational programs I’ve experienced, this one was by far the most organized. I came to Petrozavodsk knowing absolutely nothing, and now I can hold a basic conversation! The most helpful thing was living with a host who was eager to help me learn Russian.
Jefferson Huera Guzman, Ecuador
I think the whole content of the Russian course was very useful, games and videos were used when appropriate in order to diversify the methodology. In my in Petrozavodsk I had 3 teachers. All of them were very helpful and always willing to answer all my questions. Although at the beginning of my stay in Russia I did not understand my host family well they kept talking to me so I could listen and absorb some Russian words.
Harald Pirker, Austria
The teacher was excellent, lessons were very creative and interesting. We were like members of a family, food was excellent, accommodation was good too. Now I can speak Russian as much as possible!
Heini Riikka Karjalainen, Finland (2017)
I had a nice teacher with skills in English and German language who is always ready to help out with vocabulary and grammar. My host family was friendly and talkative. Everything was excellent, volunteers were lovely and active. I liked it very much!
Victor d’Anethan, Belgium (2017)
The teachers used good methods and in general the content was really good. I had an amazing teacher. Volunteers were active, interesting and dedicated. Don’t let them go! They answered all of my questions quickly every time. You are doing a great job! The most remarkable episode. I am impressed by the quality of the courses and the organization.
Lara Robinson, USA (2017)
My language skills are so much better now. I didn’t know any every-day Russian when I got there, now I can hold a conversation, order food, and go to a store. My understanding of Russian sky-rocketed. I’m really happy to have this possibility to learn Russian in Russian.
Sophie Schwartzman, USA (2017)
If you’re going to go anywhere in Russia and do a study abroad program, Petrozavodsk is the perfect place to go. You will study Russian in Russia fast with great Russian langauge teachers. I really enjoyed my host experience. And all of the topics covered in class were useful. I really feel less nervous to use the Russian language at a store, cafe, etc.
Johanna Kubassa, Austria (2017)
I had a good start with learning the Russian language. I especially liked that we always practice new vocabulary by speaking and using sentences including them. In Petrozavodsk I learnt Russian in joyful and funny way with very nice teachers. Volunteers were really helpful and friendly. I would like to participate again
Magdalena Offenbeck, Austria (2017)
Learn Russian language with Olga was great. She always answered all our questions and helped us with everything. And Petrozavodsk is the best place to study Russian in Russia as nobody speaks English and you have ti speak Russian, people are nice and you learn a lot in short time. When I came here I was an absoute beginner, but now I can speak a little.
Sarah Hawes-Iafrate – UK – 2017
My Russian course was excellent. My teacher Alina had many enjoyable and original games to make learning more fun and easy. She was approachable and happilly helped us with anything. My host family – Galina and Invan – did everything to make us feel comfortable and welcomed. They involved us in their daily lives, taking us on their meeting with friends so that I felt myself very included and welcomed.
Francois Duhesme – France – 2017
My study program of Russian language was excellent, teaching methods were cool so that I was very satisfied. I personally enjoyed the activities proposed by the School. Moreover, I really liked Russian speaking club, game club. Also I liked volunteers. We had many meetings with them.
Vendela Gebbie – UK – 2017
My teacher Alina was very kind and making the learning process interactive and fun. We covered a lot of in two weeks but also in great depth. My host family – Galina and her son were both very kind and helpful and gave us a very warm welcome into their home. The most remarkable moments were visit to Botanical garden with my host family, orchestra concert with man Valaam monastry choir and City day of Petrozavodsk. Communication between myself and school was excellent as they answered any worries I had and helped me to feel secure in Petrozavodsk.
Lara Emmanuelle Robinson – the USA – 2017
My language skills are so much better now. I didn’t know any every-day Russian when I got there, now I can hold a conversation, order food, and go to a store. My understanding of Russian sky-rocketed.
Nathalie Amacker – Switzerland – 2017
The teachers were speaking most of the time in Russian. They used different games, lead discussions and help us with projects and new words. For example, my teacher Katya explained me the defference in words: в горах, на горе, в горе. The family took time to speak with me and was very helpful. I felt like at home and very welcomed. I hope to keep in touch with them. The program was great, a lot of activities! I really enjoyed the Russian speaking club. No way to get bored. It was amazing to meet volunteers. It was a great place to study Russian! Great job! Thanks!
Lien Van Buggenhout – Belgium – 2017
My cousre was very useful! Our teachers always asked what we wanted to focus on. I liked excursion to karelian village, embankment of Petrozavodsk, speaking clubs and waterfall Kivach. Lyudmila was my personal volunteer and I really liked her. I will leave the School of Russian language with very good emotions. My progress of Russian language is excellent. Speaking and grammar are improved. I liked everything!
Pekka Mikkola – Finland – 2017
The study program of Russian language was excellent! My teacher Olga could clearly explain for example words I did not understand. Also she corrected my spech in a nice way. Volunteers were nice and helpful. I really liked cultural program in the city. Program coordinator Polina was very active and informing what is going on in the city. I had many meeting after my lessons of Russian language and hope to come back once again!
Claudia Magnapera – Italy – 2017
I found my Russian program absolutely interesting and useful. All the teachers were differently awesome. I had the best host family I could be with. Trip to Kivach waterfall was my favorite excursion. I really liked my volunteer Lilit. Whenever I had a problem, they were able to help me. now I am sure that Karelia is the best place to focus on studying Russian language!
Jaryd Renshaw – the USA – 2017
My Russian course was awesome! I had 2 different teachers who were excellent and answered all of my questions to the fullest! Alina and Olga are great instructors! My hostess family met all of my expectations 🙂 Like i was treated at home. The staff was very professional and kind with a smile on every face ready to teach Russian and help with excursions. Mohammad was my favorite volunteer who was always ready to help people. He showed me much of Petrozavodsk landmarks. I would love to come again for a longer period of time! maybe 1 month next time.
Elize Retief – South Africa – 2017
The content of language course was excellent! The course was interesting and intensive. My host family was very carrying. I liked my hostess and her mother and living conditions were excellent! Many volunteers helped me in the city, they were very fun and communicative. I learned about language and culture and it was affordable. For sure, I reccomend this program to other people coming from South Africa, Belgium and other countries.
Marilyn Harris – the USA – 2011
I would recommend “Enjoy Russian”, because Petrozavodsk is wonderful! Content of the Russian language course was excellent. Highly recommended! I feel I have grown so much as a Russian student here. My hostfamily was excellent. Nadezhda and Ivan are truly wonderful. They are incredibly wise, good people whose appreciation for knowledge and background in education make them ideal host partners for students wanting to learn about Russia.
Eivind Granas – Norway – 2011
My teacher Natalie is open, explains in a good way so I can understand everything. Family’s apartment has got excellent conditions, clean and tidy. There is very good Russian food at home and family has been extremely friendly and open (Elena is fantastic). This is my third time in Russia at a host family – this is the best family by far. Excursions are big part of the program. Karelia is a fantastic place. An idea about volunteers is very good. I have only positive experiences from beginning to an end. I will recommend the school and might return.
Gerald Robach – Austria – 2017
I really enjoyed my stay in Petrozavodsk. There are so many opportunities. I liked my classes. It is better to Russian in Russia than in Austria. My family was very communicative and friendly. I really enjoyed breakfast and dinner. Food was very healthy and tasty so that I even could’not eat everything. Most of all, I enjoyed karelian street game Kyykkä and workshop how to cook karelian pies called kalitki.
Eleanor Fawcett – UK – 2017
The teachers were encouraging and made lessons interesting. I enjoyed the lessons a lot! They all work so hard to make the lessons enjoyable. My family, Marina and Tolya were excellent. They made me a part of their family, I spoke a lot of Russian. As for cultural program, I enjoyed Kinerma village and Kivach waterfall. I liked the Russian Game club. The people around me were very friendly and nice, I really recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Russian!
Ilkka-Christian Bjoerklund – Finland – 2011
This was my second time at “Enjoy Russian”. Russian lessons were excellent, teaching also. Sofia is a very good teacher. Living conditions and the cultural program were good. The organization of the program was excellent. My impression ant the course is excellent as well. I would recommend this Russian school.
Alessandro Lattanzio – Italy – 2013
Everything was perfect. Teacher was very patient with me and I could really understand and ask to repeat. I would like to have Arina also as a teacher next time! She is Super! My progress in Russian is really good! I couldn’t read and speak and now after 2 weeks I can go in city with no problem to asking! I would recommend the course because it is adapted to every level and is very good organized!
Giuseppe Cappelluti – Italy – 2013
Everything was excellent. I would only wish to have more activities like food parties, excursions also to the Solovetsky island and to the Alexander Svirsky Monastery.My teacher, Olga, was very patient person. She has a good English language knowledge. Arina Drogunova , another teacher, has also very good teaching skills. I definitely improved my Russian, especially in spoken language!
Hsiang-Yun Chen – Taiwan – 2012
I’ve spent here 3 months. Now I can understand and speak some Russian. We trained all the aspects of speech, reading, listening, writing, some videos were very funny. My host mama Elena was extremely nice, we went to the theatre and she explained to me everything that I didn’t understand. The excursions were interesting. I liked going out with the volunteers Anita and Julia, they are kind and friendly. The coordinators solve all such questions, the write back immediately, that’s really helpful. I hope I will come again.
Wai Lun Leung – China – 2012
I liked the language course. The teachers and the teaching materials were good. I liked the methods of teaching, it was interesting. The atmosphere in the class was comfortable. Organization and administration of program was good. I would recommend this program to other people.
Risto Salmela – Finland – 2012
I was studying here from September till November and took part in One-on-One Course and Mini-Group. I learnt a lot of Russian. Teaching was good, especially I liked methods of Zhenja, she used games and activities. She is the most modern teacher of the school. I consider the staff friendly, thanks. This school is a good opportunity to learn Russian well. But do not come here with friends, come alone.
Edoardo Carlesi – Italy – 2011
The course was excellent. The host family was really super!!! The cultural program was fine. I liked Kivach, rafting, but museum of regional history was boring. I hope it would be less expensive next time. The volunteers Alyona and Anatoliy were good and friendly. I wished there was wi-fi zone in the school. I had a good time and learnt a lot. I will recommend this school because it’s cheap and good, fun and helpful.
Nicolas Valerian – France – 2012
I spent excellent 3 months with “EnjoyRussian”. Content of the language course was excellent. Materials (student books) were adapted, various documents and subjects were very helpful in studying Russian. I liked the fact to change teachers every 2 weeks, to be faced with different ways of teaching accents and personalities. Organization and administration of program were excellent. I improved my Russian language skills greatly. I’ll recommend this program to other people because it’s intensive and mini-groups are very efficient.
Sarah Garrat – Great Britain – 2014
General impression about the program is excellent! I wish I was staying for longer! My Russian has definitely improved! When I arrived I couldn’t say anything and now I can hold a long conversation almost about anything!
My teachers always made me feel more confident and were encouraging. My host has been fantastic! She is helpful, kind and a fantastic cook! It has been absolutely great living with her! Volunteers – they were all fantastic!
Paula Redondo – Spain – 2009
The teacher, Veronika, was really nice and I like very much her way to teach using films and other materials. I would recommend the program to other people because Petrozavodsk is a nice place to learn Russian as there are few foreign students and it’s easy to communicate with Russians.
Simone Vardanega, Italy
I really enjoyed studying in my mini group because there were nice people and the atmosphere that we crated was special. My teacher was really good and capable of make you feel good and comfortable with Russian when you are speaking. My host family was perfect – very hospitable and very generous. They always cooked for me and I felt like I was with my parents. All the volunteers were nice and generous.
Emma Banks, Ireland
The language course is very good and structured in regards to grammar and usage. Our teacher was very patient and understanding she also had experience of learning a foreign language which was good. I really liked the program as I thought the staff and students were both very nice and the course was good. I think it is a very good course, in a beautiful city. The homestay is a good idea as you should get an insight into Russian culture.
Evelina Selea, Romania
The content of the language course was perfect for the amount of Russian that I knew when I got here. The topics we did helped me to get by in everyday life in Petrozavodsk. The Russian course was appropriate to my level and I’ve managed to learn so much in just two weeks! My teacher is one of the best I’ve ever met. She was really patient, helpful and has always tried to push me into practicing what I’ve learnt ever day in class. I have enjoyed living with a Russian family. They talked to me a lot which helped me to improve my listening skills so much.
Marianna Krizia Zappala, Italy
I did like the course! I learned a lot – both vocabulary and grammar rules. My teacher Tatyana was great – a deep, intelligent and stimulating person. It was a pleasure to study with her. My host family was very nice and I felt like home. We went to the waterfall Kivach, it was nice, I wish we could spend more time there. The volunteers were nice but busy sometimes. I learnt a lot and had fun in Petrozavodsk.
Florentine Weibel, Switzerland
Different method of teaching (games, dialogues), adapted to student’s needs and wishes. Nice family and good food. Good idea to work with Russian volunteers. Organization was absolutely great, especially the first replying of emails, help with train ticket, visa, etc. I very much enjoyed my stay in Petrosavodsk, can recommend the school to everybody and could imagine to come back any day! Great to get to know Russian language, culture, food, people, way of living and thinking! Small city where you easily find your way and can very easily meet people!
Adrien Fabre, France
In class, I was in minigroup, we were often no more than 3, that allowed me to talk and ask questions and the teacher to have time to answer with examples. Then I was in one to one class and I chose the topic, it was convenient and efficient. Activities are interesting because there are russian volunteers, so in addition of any kind of sport or cultural activities, I talked russian. By the way, my host also was nice, we talked russian, we shared a lot of funny stories and I tried different russian dishes. I liked the flexibility of the organisation about activities, classes and the hosts, the team there really listen your suggestions.
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