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June comes to the end and we want to share with you our new achievements and impressions. Every year our friends from Phillips Academy, Andover USA visit us in June. Teenagers who learn Russian come to Petrozavodsk to practice their Russian, improve their skills, learn more about Russian culture and simply spend 2 and half funny weeks in Petrozavodsk.

Cultural program was very rich and colorful and there is no doubt that kids have managed to experience a full immersion into Russian culture.
The program started with a city guide excursion. The guide shared a lot interesting facts and stories about history of Petrozavodsk and modern city. And of course that was definitely obligatory to take a photo with a steel sculpture “Fishermen”.   Two fishermen: one Russian and one American – it’s a gift to Petrozavodsk from the sister-city Duluth, USA.

City guided tour

Excursion to the Museum of Fine Arts was not only informative but also interactive. After excursion with a guide, who told about iconography, Russian and Karelian painters boys and girls took a part in a master class. They made Karelian souvenirs by their own – bags with traditional Karelian ornament.

At the Fine Arts Museum in Petrozavodsk

Trip to the marble canyon Ruskela was one of the highlights. Good weather, sunshine and beautiful views on the way accompanied our group. Mountain park, that is another name of this place, was the main resource of marble, all palaces in Saint-Petersburg are made from marble, that was mined in Ruskeala. Nowadays you can take an excursion with a guide around the canyon and even watch the underground life of it.

Students from USA visited Ruskeala
USA srudents at the Undergroud Ruskeala excursion

Do you know a traditional Karelian musical instrument Kantele? And students of Phillips Academy even tried to play. They’ve been to workshops of “House of Kantele”, and also learned about creation of traditional costumes and kantele. After that enjoyed dancing traditional Karelian and Finish dances.

Students tried on traditional Karelian costumes

“House of dolls” is another interesting place to learn more about Russian culture. The central exhibition hall is devoted to the Russian fairy tales. The special hall named “Karelian spirits and Brownies of Kizhi” is a favorite place of visitors. In this place you are getting to the world of Russian folk house and nature spirits: brownies, witches, leshy (wood demon), vodyanoy (water demon), rusalka (undine) and many others.

At the House Doll with karelian spirits

To visit Petrozavodsk and don’t take a walk on the Kizhi Island is a big oversight. Kizhi Island is an open air museum and UNESCO heritage. Just take a look, such great photos were taken by our group there! Also they tried to make traditional belts, which were in Karelian villages.

Kizhi open air Museum

And one more thing that must be done during your stay in Russian – a visit to Russian banya.  Phillips Academy  students were very lucky! This June turned out to be very warm, what is not typical for Karelian. After steaming at the banya they swam in the lake. That was hot and funny!

Would like to repeat this program? Join our courses, come to Petrozavodsk and prepare for a full emmersion into Russian culture!