About this project
A few times a month, SRAS will organize an online chat with native Russian speakers located in our study locations. General topics for these informal chats will vary, but all should should be spontaneous, friendly conversations that encourage you to make connections with your fellow graduates by sharing experiences and practicing your language skills together.
There will be at least two dates each month, one morning and one evening. As necessary, we’ll split the group into breakout rooms to accommodate different levels. Don’t worry if your Russian is a little rusty! Our native speakers will help you by modeling correct speech and reminding you of the words that may have slipped away.
Chats will last about 60 minutes and groups will be about four to six people, so that everyone gets both speaking and listening time. You are welcome to participate as often as you’d like. As the sessions are informal chats and aren’t sequential, you don’t need to worry if you can’t make them all.
To take advantage of this opportunity simply register for the sessions that you would like to join and let us know your approximate Russian level and study location and year with SRAS. Once you register for a session, we’ll send you a remind in the days leading up to the session and confirm the topic.
We look forward to reconnecting with you – sign up today to join us for a chat!
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The SRAS guides were excellent! They really knew their stuff and were able to relate the history of the places we visited in an interesting and inventive way. It was obvious they had a lot of experience working with American students.
We had a great time overall. The students were super impressed with SRAS — the guides, the accommodations, the excursions, etc. The guides were super knowledgeable and kind–the only thing that would improve the tours is volume. They tend to speak quietly so a few people who can’t hear lose interest. But we loved the Hermitage art project and Novgorod, and the bunker, and going behind the fountains at Peterhof, and the boat to Peterhof… We loved everything!
A long overdue thank you for the wonderful trip you and your staff planned for the Drew group in St. Petersburg. I have never had a trip where NOTHING went wrong. It was a terrific experience from start to finish, your staff was superb and St. Petersburg Economics University was a marvelous host. We enjoyed each and every lecture and guide, and the many fine added touches. I would love to do this again.
Renee, the work that you do is so far beyond any kind of formal service or trip planning in your vision, scope, and ability to think of absolutely everything and anticipate potential problems in advance. You clearly have a gift for this.
My Dear Renee, I am still in Kazakhstan but can report back we had a perfectly splendid time in Kyrgyzstan. The students and I want to collectively buy a little plot of land and a yurt or house in the village at the base of the mountains. They loved their families and I fell in love with Kenzhe, we want to include her in our documentary. I will be in touch over the next two weeks. Forever grateful to you.
Thanks again to (SRAS Assistant Director) Josh Wilson for being so helpful with getting us started! At our concluding discussion class yesterday I asked the students to write and then present five “Kliuchevykh slov” about their experience. Several of them wound up referencing Josh’s comments about trying to observe without judging, which he made during the Moscow Walking Tour. Thanks for helping me teach this course!