Promoting American understanding of Russian folklore and traditional Russian life and culture.
American teacher Lou Kindschi with welcoming committee
We're all smiles! Russian/American Educators' Exchange Extended into 2015
In 2014, we sent 20 American school teachers to Russia to exchange folklore and meet with their Russian counterparts. It was such a success everyone decided to keep on going!
We've scheduled 3 more trips for America teachers in the spring and summer of 2015. That's three more teams of middle- and high-school teachers who will immerse themselves in Russian village life while documenting the marvellous stories, songs and rituals of traditional Russian culture.
In addition, the American teachers will present lessons on American folklore in the local school, and connect with their Russian peers -- the local teachers. Russians and Americans alike have found this a deeply moving experience. "We found out how much American teachers love their students, and how hard they work to help them learn" said one Russian teacher. And "When we said goodbye we were all in tears!" remembered her American counterpart.
Do you know an adventurous American middle- or high-school teacher or curriculum specialist? Someone eager to learn from another culture? Someone who can connect with others regardless of barriers of language or politics? Help us spread the word-- the Russian/American Educators' Exchange is taking applications for 2015!
(Follow the >>Educator links in the side bar for dates, details and samples of the work done by our 2014 teams.)
The Russian/American Educators' Exchange is a program of American Friends of Russian Folklore, with funding from the US/Russian Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program and travel support from the Russian & East European Institute of Indiana University.
American Friends of Russian Folklore is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation and a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax I.D. No. 26-0294873.