Last week we were happy to meet American students!
On Monday, we met a group of American pupils from our partner “Phillips Academy Andover”. They were accompanied by to teachers and good weather. Between the first lessons, we had a tea party with samovar, where our new guests tasted our traditional karelian pies called калитки (kalitki). After that, for each pupil we prepared a volunter who helped them to orient in Petrozavodsk and enjoy a free time.
Other students from France, Germany, Sinapore and Bosnia continued their study and shared news about visiting Kizhi island.
On Tuesday, our kids visited our free open lecture «The place of cross-border region between East and West» (economy, tribes, politics and features of Karelia») and asked many questions about winter rest and how to catch северное сияние “polar lights”. Do you know that there is a special applicaion and you may see polar lights not only in winter and autumn time, but in a summer as well!
Our students from Singapore and Bosnia presented their conutries within the “Presentation Day” which took place in the only vegetarian cafe of our city called “Pure taste”.
On Wednesday, our school stuff met with the teachers of American group of pupils in cafe and we discussed how important to have a chance to look at another culture and get rid of stereotypes.
OnThursday, our student Mirjana from Bosnia, Abdulla from the Maldives and Nathalie from Switzerland received their certificates and enjoyed their time with family and volunteers who accompanied them till the railway station with tears and hugs.
On Friday, our student Jaryd from the USA and Jacqueline from Singapore participated in English language cafe for Russian adults and helped them to study English. After that, our student Jaryd received his certificate (“of becoming a true Russian”) and his new friends among volunteers helped him to go to railway station.
On Saturday, our pupils visited Kizhi World Heritage Site and were lucky with the weater. On Sunday, they visited ballet in 3 acts «Don Quixote» and enjoyed their time with host families.
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Polina Alieva, Program Coordinator