First families who were involved in the program were selected among friends! We spent a lot of time with them while choosing the best places to sightsee with our foreign friends! Waterfall Kivach, Kizhi Island, 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 several times after her first visit in 2004!
Best teachers of the Russian language as a foreign were invited to "Enjoy Russian": Olga Perova, Anastasya Zhigalina, Vera Egorova, Nonna Kotelents, and Larissa Perederij. Each student had their own course, made up according to his needs and wishes. While creating the School I was always focusing on using active methods of education and our 13 years history shows that it is the right way to follow! Active methods help students to progress quickly in learning the language! Students choose topics they need, teachers use games, unordinary tasks, workshops, they have lessons in cafes, in shops, in pharmacies.. everywhere where students can be involved in real Russian life! Today 30 highly qualified, creative, and experienced teachers work in Russian Language School "Enjoy Russian".
Many creative friendly active young volunteers helped me to organize that unforgettable program in summer 2004! Vova Polisalov, Tolya Semenov, Oksana Absatarova, Tanya Gurina … The very special point of our program is that after lessons we spend free time altogether – Russian volunteers and foreign students! We go out, have picnics, national food parties, we watch intercultural films together, we present our countries… a lot of exciting and useful activities to do! Our Russian Volunteers usually prepare them very well and foreign students never have time to feel bored or miss their home!