Author Archives: Ramiro Munoz

Study Abroad: Intensive Russian Program (Vladimir, Russia)

Deadline: Ongoing

The American Home has proudly offered intensive Russian courses for foreigners for many years now. Our qualified and experienced instructors, Tanya Akimova and Nelli Mukhammadieva have many years of experience in teaching Russian to foreign students. Our students live with host families here in the ancient city of Vladimir, and can fully immerse themselves in both the Russian language and culture.

Dates: Open May 1—August 30 (although fall and winter dates are possible)

Signup: At least three months prior to departure with a $500 deposit required.
Balance due at least 30 days prior to departure.

The benefits of the American Home’s long-standing Intensive Russian Program – the main program offers one-to-one instruction to each participant – are provided to group participants:
  • Experienced faculty specializing in teaching Russian to non-native speakers
  • Program and schedule customized to the needs of each group of students
  • Study from one week to one year
  • Individual home-stay with a Russian family (2 meals a day)
  • “Russian friend-conversation partner” program
  • On-site administrative support
  • Well-equipped classrooms in a comfortable, home-like, atmosphere
  • Intensive, one-on-one or small group lessons 3 hours a day/5 days a week
  • Excursions in Vladimir and to Suzdal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Bogoliubovo
  • Opportunities to meet and socialize with some of the more than 400 Russians
    participating in the American Home English Program and others
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of activities—for example, volunteering at an

Approximate program fee: one-to-one instruction group instruction (2-5+ people, 15-35% discount)

Four weeks $3,990 $3,228 – 2,536

Six weeks $5,522 $4,563 – 3,556

Eight weeks $7,053 $5,898 – 4,576

Longer and shorter programs, from one week to a year, are also possible.

For more information, please click here!

Travel: American Home’s Alternative Spring Break in Russia (Vladimir/Murom, Russia)

Deadline: November 10 and December 1, 2017

Participants do not have to speak Russian to join the program.

CLICK HERE to download the full brochure on both trips! 

Links to pictures, participant blogs, and television news reports are below.  They give you a sense of some of the things that students can do, see, and experience while participating in the Alternative Spring Break program.

If you have questions about any aspect of the American Home’s work, please do not hesitate to contact me and please feel to look at event’s website –
I hope that we will have the privilege to work with you and your students in Vladimir!

Below is a short description of the two options for Alternative Spring Break:

VLADIMIR (March 3-11, 2018):  Help several community organizations, including the Youth Health and Education Center, Karl Liebnicht Orphanage, Russian Orthodox Church, Handicapped Children’s Association “Light”, Vladimir Regional Veterans’ Home and others, while interacting with Russian university students and experiencing the delight and wonder of provincial Russia.

MUROM (March 10-18, 2018): Help university students at the Murom Institute (an affiliate of Vladimir State University) to improve their English language skills; prepare audio and video materials for their English language program.  During the Soviet period Murom was a closed city.  Today it remains isolated from traditional tourist routes.  Foreign language faculty and students are eager for contact with native English speakers.

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Job: American English Program Teaching Positions (Vladimir, Russia)

Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Serendipity American English and Culture Program has been in continuous operation at the American Home in Vladimir, Russia since September 1992 under the auspices of Serendipity: Russian Consulting & Development, Ltd.—now doing business as Serendipity-Russia. Demand for English lessons from native speakers remains very strong. In addition to classes, as noted above, our teachers offer lectures on topics of special interest to Russians.

This is an exceptional opportunity to experience Russia in a uniquely supportive atmosphere and to accomplish something worthwhile in the process. Previous teachers have commented very favorably on the quality of our facilities and teaching materials; the tremendous support provided by their colleagues, including our dedicated Russian staff; and how much they have enjoyed their Russian students. A significant number of our teachers have parlayed their experience in Vladimir into employment in Moscow or stateside—or into admission to major graduate programs, including top ranked law schools

Program Benefits:
  • Small stipend
  • Room and board with a Russian family
  • Three hours per week of one-to-one Russian lessons
  • Teacher training and lesson planning assistance
  • A pleasant, well-equipped, and organized teaching environment
  • Russian Visa application support
Teacher Obligations:
  • Plan and teach four (possibly 5) 1½ hour classes that meet twice a week
  • Hold office hours
  • Present a brief “Saturday lecture” on any aspect of American culture
  • Airfare to Moscow
  • Visa fee
  • Obtain TESOL certification

For more information please click here

CFP: Graduate Association for Comparative Literature Students

Deadline: August 26, 2016

The program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas is proud to announce that the 13th annual Graduate Association for Comparative Literature Students (GRACLS) Conference will take place on September 24th and 25th, 2016

This year’s conference theme will be “The Extra-Human.” We seek to explore what it is that allows us to reject human exceptionalism and re-orient ourselves toward what is beyond the human, what is a human, inhuman, and post-human. This conference calls for a myriad of approaches that explore what delimits “the human” from “the animal” and “the monstrous.” Most notably, we seek submissions from all walks of academia, including the arts, literatures, anthropology, the performing arts, history, and comparative areas of study.

We invite all interested parties to review the Call for Papers and to submit their proposals by August 26th, 2016 via email at

Fellowship: Research Grants (Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation)

Deadline: July 11, 2016

Sponsor: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Amount: $15,000-$40,000

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

How to Apply:
Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form.

 For more info, please visit here!

Academic Job: Summer Program Director (St. Petersburg)

Deadline: Ongoing

The Russian Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH seeks a Program Director for its Russian study abroad program this summer in St. Petersburg. The Director will be responsible for administering the program in collaboration with Dartmouth’s onsite partner, and will teach one course on culture to the group of eight Dartmouth students. The program dates in St. Petersburg are June 17 to August 14.

The successful candidate will possess at least an M.A. in a field related to Slavic studies and have experience leading American students abroadThe position includes salary, roundtrip airfare from the United States to St. Petersburg, private accommodations in St. Petersburg, and a stipend for program expenses.  Dartmouth and its onsite partner will assist with the visa process, but it is important that the successful applicant be in a position to obtain a visa quickly. Salary commensurate with experience.

Application Process
Send the following required documents to Professor John Kopper
  • C.V.
  • Cover letter describing their qualifications and relevant experience
  • Contact information from two references

CFP: American Delegation’s Participation in the XVI International Congress of Slavists 2018 (Belgrade, Serbia)

Deadline to Submit Call for Papers: December 1, 2015*
Deadline to Submit Application and Required Materials: March 1, 2016

The International Congress of Slavists will be held in late summer 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. The general plan will contain a day of arrival (August 19), a day of departure (August 27), and six working days for the Congress split into 3-day segments separated by a free day (August 23) for excursions organized by the host Serbian Committee of Slavists.

During the six working days, papers are presented in a variety of formats in a series of simultaneous morning and afternoon sessions, each session moderated by a chair.

The International Congress of Slavists has five formats in which contributions are presented: (1) plenary papers, (2) session papers, (3) block papers, (4) round table presentations, and (5) written submissions (scripta).

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Internships: University/College Internships

Deadline: Ongoing

Idaho National Laboratory hosts students every summer in an effort to help train the nation’s next generation of scientists and engineers. Involvement in world class research provides participants with a set of experiences that support their education and career goals.
Internship participants make genuine contributions to program goals. They may publish or co-author papers as well as present their research at INL, at conferences or their institutions. Additional benefits include providing a pipeline to employment, strengthening collaborations with academia and other DOE laboratories and creating opportunities for collaborative research. Interns participate in lab wide tours to enhance their knowledge of INL, its history and missions.

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K-12: STARTALK 2016 Program for Teachers of Russian (U of Iowa)

Deadline: May 10, 2016

Faculty member in The Department of Asian and Slavic Languages (part of the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Irina Kostina, Senior lecturer; Marina Kostina, CEO of Wired@Heart; and Anastasia Pryanikova, CEO of E-Studio, LLC have received the fifth grant from STARTALK, a unit of the federal National Security Language Initiative, for their program “Bridging the Gap: STARTALK, Teachers and High Tech.”

STARTALK 2016 program for Teachers of Russian will put great emphasis on high technology in education. Our outcomes will be: (1) the creation of innovative learning materials based on contemporary methodology, such as serial lectures for students of Russian based on 21st Century curriculum topics; (2) use of technological tools in the classroom;(3) the creation of learning objects and the use of devices such as iPads and tablets for distance learning.

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Fellowship: Tuition Scholarships for Intensive Summer Language Study ( U of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: Ongoing

The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute has offered intensive summer language courses for over 25 years.  With a focus on critical and less commonly taught languages, Pitt’s SLI provides courses in Arabic, Bosnian /Croatian/ Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian.  Whether students choose to study on Pitt’s campus or on one of the SLI’s many abroad programs, they can expect to cover approximately one academic year’s worth of course work during a single summer.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Language Institute has a handful of scholarships—including full-tuition scholarships for qualifying students—remaining for the following 6-credit programs:
  • Beginning Bulgarian, Slovak, Polish, Czech, and Ukrainian
  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced (3rd-year) Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian

Classes run MondayFriday 9am -3pm from June 6 – July 15.

Interested students should write directly to: