Discover Russia Youth Summer Camp
|Type:||Culture , Tourism , Education and Science , International Cooperation|
|Year of opening:||2016|
Discover Russia is a youth summer camp that brings together young people from all over the world to ETNOMIR to explore the Russian culture and engage in intercultural dialogue.
ETNOMIR is Russia’s largest open-air museum located in Kaluga region where diverse cultures of the world coexist in unique harmony. The parks’ facilities form an ideal space for fulfilling the main goal of the youth camp, which is to expand participants’ knowledge of Russia and Russian culture and to promote the values of cooperation and intercultural dialogue among them.
The program of the youth camp includes ETNOMIR tours, visiting museums and exhibitions, located on the territory of ETNOMIR, traditional crafts and cuisine workshops, traditional dancing master-classes, entertainment programs, Russian language classes, evening activities and bus tours to nearby Russian cities.
The first Discover Russia camp was held on 4-17 July 2017 and gathered young people from Jordan, Canada, Egypt, and Russia. “It was just like a dream… we had so much fun with those people who turned into our family”, shared Asma Halaseh, a participant from Jordan.
Discover Russia participants had a unique chance to gain genuine experience of the Russian culture. Among other things, they stayed in the Russian ethnic style hotel, decorated their own martyoshkas, cooked traditional dishes, participated in a scavenger hunt around ETNOMIR, built Siberian traditional house, played traditional Slavic games, and visited the biggest Russian stove in the world, as well as went sightseeing to the Russian cities of Borovsk, Maloyaroslavets, Kaluga and Moscow.
”Going to Russia with ‘Discover Russia’ camp was an unforgettable experience. Those fourteen days that we spent there were amazing by all means... the things we learned about Russia from history to culture were interesting and the information was given in such a fun and incredible way,” said Yara Hamarneh, young engineer from Jordan.
At the closing ceremony the Dialogue of Cultures- United World President Ruslan Bayramov warmly greeted the participants and awarded certificates to them. “We organize a lot of youth camps for Russian citizens… but this camp is a great honor and responsibility for us, since it is the first step towards our dream, which is to hold a number of international youth camps every year here. Thank you for becoming a part of our first international camp and thank you for choosing ETNOMIR!” he stated.