Category Archives: K-12 Opportunities

K-12 Opp: Call for Russian Teachers and Professors for a Summer STARTALK Program

Deadline: March 31, 2015


Faculty members 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, lecturer; Anna Kolesnikova, visiting professor; and Marina Kostina, CEO Wired@Heart have received the fourth grant from STARTALK, a unit of the federal National Security Language Initiative, for their program “Bridging the Gap through Standards and Technology: STARTALK for Teachers”.

This summer program (120 instructional hours) starts with an online module on June 22, 2015 and ends with a three-day on-site workshop and conference at the University of Iowa (July 20, 21, 22, 2015).

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K-12 Opportunities: STARTALK Teacher Program

The STARTALK Teacher Program, “Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century”, aims to enroll sixteen teachers who are currently teaching Russian (6), Korean (2), Persian (2), and Portuguese (2) in the community or who would like to work toward obtaining a P-12 World Language Endorsement in Russian, Persian, and Portuguese correspondingly for teaching these languages in Washington K-12 public schools. The program is designed to teach them STARTALK best practices in language teaching and curriculum development, as well as the content knowledge needed to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsement (WEST-E) for World Languages and the pedagogical experience that would prepare them for the Performance-Based Pedagogy Assessment (PPA) for those teachers for whom it is required for state endorsement, and to provide scholarship assistance to complete the required assessments (WEST-E and ACTFL OPI and WPT). This Teacher Program will prepare native (or near native) speakers of Russian, Persian and Portuguese to teach in a standards and content-based program, focused on developing communicative proficiency and accuracy in heritage speakers of Russian, Persian and Portuguese. A special focus on integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into language instruction will prepare teachers to work effectively with today’s students. Continue reading

Travel/ProfDev: Study Russian at the American Home in Vladimir, Russia

Applications Accepted All Year



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.

Program Features

  • Room and board with a Russian family (2 meals a day)
  • Well-educated native speakers trained to teach Russian to foreigners
  • Intensive, one-on-one or small group lessons 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
  • Lessons conducted on the trolley bus, in an open air market, and elsewhere in the community
  • Classroom lessons in the comfortable, well equipped American Home where you will meet Russians studying English

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Job/K-12 Opp/Travel: Teach English at the American Home in Vladimir, Russia



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.

Teacher obligations: Plan and teach up to five classes a week, hold office hours, present a brief lecture on any aspect of American culture, airfare to Moscow, visa fee, obtain TESOL certification.

Experience Russia in a uniquely supportive atmosphere and accomplish something worthwhile in the process! Live in the truly Russian city of Vladimir, gain an understanding of provincial Russian culture, and improve your Russian language skills—while you learn to teach effectively and make a positive contribution to the community. Former teachers have found good positions in education, government, and business, both in Moscow and the United States, and been accepted to major graduate programs and law schools.

Russian news report about the American Home’s American English Program (July 2013):


Letter from Dr. Ron Pope, Founder and President, The American Home:

Following are three factors that may be of concern to prospective applicants for our teaching positions at the American Home.  We want to assure everyone that we are still “alive and kicking” in Vladimir.

1. Russia’s current economic problems.  These have had a minimal impact on our enrollment for the spring term.  We will adjust to these problems as needed to the extent possible.  (We managed to weather the 1998 Russian economic crash.)

2. Anti-American sentiment. We have not encountered any manifestations of this in Vladimir.  Over our more than 22 years of existence we have earned a positive reputation that continues to insulate us from negative attitudes toward the American government.

3. Ownership status of the American Home. Our recent disagreement with the Vladimir City Administration over the ownership of our original facility, the American Home, is being discussed.  We have several classrooms offsite and we will continue that arrangement.

For the fourth year in a row we have a group going to Vladimir for our Alternative Spring Break program.  For the third year we will have a group from the College of New Jersey taking advantage of our educational programming experience – with the assistance of a Department of Education grant.  And both Drew University and Vanderbilt are moving forward with plans for one-month programs in the spring.

The American Home continues to do exceptionally well in terms of its programs and activities, despite the challenges inherent in working in Russia under current conditions.

We are definitely going to be hiring new teachers for the upcoming academic year and would appreciate your help with persuading eligible individuals to take a look at what we have offer, and to not hesitate to contact us if they have any questions.

K-12 Opp/ProfDev: Fulbright-Hays 2015 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program

Applications Deadline: February 15, 2015

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad, the program provides current and pre-service Russian instructors the unique opportunity to study Russian culture, language, and pedagogy at the Russian State Pedagogical (Herzen) University in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia for six weeks, from June 25 to August 9, 2015. The program begins with a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC, on June 24.

The newly designed Fulbright-Hays Summer Teachers Program features:

  • Intensive language classes conducted by leading Russian faculty in small groups geared toward individual proficiency levels and designed to strengthen essential speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills.
  • A specially designed course to help participants develop a comprehensive portfolio of assignments, lesson plans, and exercises based on authentic materials gathered in Russia. Participants will introduce the newly developed portfolios into their classrooms upon returning to the U.S. and report on teaching outcomes.
  • Seminars on contemporary Russian society, Russian Orthodoxy, Russian musical culture, and literary St. Petersburg.
  • Weekly cultural excursions and an extended trip outside St. Petersburg to maximize participants’ exposure to key historical sights and provide additional opportunities to gather authentic teaching materials.
  • Housing and meals with Russian host families and weekly meetings with Russian peer tutors to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion.
  • Ongoing logistical support, guidance, and emergency assistance from a full-time resident director.

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Travel: Highlands Tour of Georgia & Armenia

A Cultural Journey to:
Artsakh-Armenia & Tusheti-Georgia
July 17 – August 2, 2015


Join us for this extraordinary adventure, featuring an exciting new itinerary to the rugged highlands of Armenia and Georgia. Led by trust-worthy and knowledgable local guides and managed by John A. Graham, you are in good hands.

For more information on this tour and other tour opportunities, visit the Georgian Chant website.

Travel: Monastery Tour of Georgia – Colchis & Svaneti

A Cultural Excursion into:
Highland Svaneti and Racha
July 1 – 12, 2015


Imagine, if you will, the time of the ancient kingdom of Colchis, a time when Greek and Roman traders bartered for Svanetian gold along the jungle-covered slopes of the Black Sea coast. For the sea-faring traders, the interior lands of Colchis were as mysterious as the Sea was to the highlanders.

On this tour, we’ll be visiting, discussing, and imagining the reality of the kingdom of Colchis, and its tenuous relationship with the highland Svans and Rachans. Join us for this unique journey, it will be an adventure.

For more information and other tour opportunities, visit the Georgian Chant website.

Travel: Trip to the Baltics and St. Petersburg

Hosted by: Global Exploration for Educators Organization
Sponsored by: The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin
Dates: July 12 – July 25, 2015
Cost: $1,899 USD
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Decades after the fall of communism, the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia remain a mystery to most travelers. We’re not complaining, though; more mystery means fewer crowds and an easier time getting to know these fantastic countries. Beginning in charming cobblestoned Vilnius and ending in St Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital, this 2-week trip gets to the very heart of the region. Get an up-close glimpse of Riga’s castles and art district, experience rural life in Estonia, and venture into the fortresses and medieval architecture of Tallinn before crossing into Russia by land. Continue reading

Travel Funding: American Friends of Russian Folklore 2015 Expedition Scholarship

DEADLINE: January 15, 2015

American Friends of Russian Folklore is happy to announce the resumption of our scholarship program!

The $1400 scholarship must be applied to our July 2015 Siberia expedition.  Any American citizen (18 or older) may apply, but we are especially looking for candidates who will help us to further American understanding of Russian traditional life. Past scholarship recipients have included undergraduate students, graduate students, elementary school teachers, and a professional photographer. Recipients are required to produce a paper, article, exhibit or other work about Russian folklore or about their experience on the expedition, which we will then share with the public.  Continue reading