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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
    orphanage

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.

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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 – www.serendipity-russia.com/edex/html
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