They made me feel at home right from the first day
… said once Kai Lin from Singapore. It is really hard to imagine how many efforts are hidden behind this phrase! When students come to Enjoy Russian School we want everything to be perfect including Russian classes, cultural activities in Petrozavodsk and Karelia (as well as trips to St. Petersburg, Novgorod or Moscow) and of course the living conditions. First and foremost if someone wants to live in the hostel or an apartment we can offer it too but usually, 10/10 students choose Russian homestay. How is this possible that we always find an ideal family for you? Continue reading to find out!
Is that you who choose a family? How does it work?
Yes, technically it’s us. But before we contact people a student will live with we ask him/her several important questions:
- What is comfortable for you: a talkative and communicative family to spend much time with or you prefer privacy and it’s not a problem if the hostess is often away/at work?
- Do you want to stay in a family which speaks only Russian / speaks a second language (English, French or German?)
- Any food preferences your family needs to know (allergies, sensitivities, diet, etc.)
- Other requirements for the homestay (concerning pets, babies, any allergies etc.).
- Any other information your family needs to know (smoking, any health problems etc.)
After we got the answers we start picking a family individually for each student. So you shouldn’t worry about any possible misunderstandings!
What if I’m a total beginner in Russian?
If you’re beginner in Russian, we’ll choose a family speaking a second language. French, English, German… We currently collaborate with more than 50 families so we are definitely able to find the best option for you!
Will they meet me in Petrozavodsk?
Of course. At the airport, at the train station or bus station, depending on the way you travel to Russia. They know how you look like, where to meet you, what’s your phone number etc. If something happens they call us and we help you to find each other.
Does my family cook for me? I don’t eat this and this and this…
Firstly, you are free to choose accommodation with breakfast or breakfast + evening meal. Secondly, we inform the family about any allergies, special diet, food preferences. You can always discuss it directly with the family or with our help.
I don’t feel like living with my hosts. May I change a family?
Sure! Do not hesitate. Life is too unpredictable and complicated to have the “perfect match” all the time. Simply come to Enjoy Russian office and say that you want to move. We figure it out in a day!
What do other students say about living with Russians?
«My homestay was great. I was able to talk to talk with them over meals a lot. They made me feel welcome and it was great practice» – Christian, Canada.
« Everything was wonderful and I hope to keep in touch with them for a very long time» – James, Australia
«I’ve appreciated the good balance between human involvement and respect of privacy of my host family. Tatiana and Liya were kind and hospitable» – Vito, Italy.
If you have a special diet, the family will be prepared for this. If you travel with your family, there will be enough space for everyone. We work with our families for years, and they are really kind-hearted, experienced and tolerant people. So forget about any worries and just enjoy Russian with us! Hurry up to join our autumn group courses! Starting dates – September 3, October 15.