Tango in Siberia

DSCN7178When Argentine sun and Siberian snow meet, the result is great. This spring – yes, yes, we sank in six centimetres of snow when we ventured a bit in nature, but still, it was spring, Natalia taught the tango far from his country of origin, in a village lost in the depths of South Siberia. It is here, in Petropavlovka, that the organization Grüner Grashalm eV. stays and where adventurers from different countries get to know each other, make friends and share moments with the people of the village. In April 2017, the tango was in the spotlight. Continue reading

MATRЁSHKA, Yergaki, languages and fun

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The project « MATRЁSHKA:погружение в русскую культуру » of the НОУ “Школа “Ин.Яз.”gathered 45 participants (between 6 and 74 years old !), for a language immersion week in the beautiful mountains of Yergaki. It was the occasion for those participants to get together in a wonderful place, far from the city and from their usual life and to meet new people coming from Krasnoyarsk, Nasarovo, Kyzyl, Tuva, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Egypt, America and France! Continue reading

Нити Красноярска, a new tool for discovering Krasnoyarsk

B-ePONhC_0kIt is quite unlikely that you will hear someone in Russia or elsewhere saying that this summer he will go to Krasnoyarsk for his vacations. Usually foreigners don’t know this city and many Russians have never been there. I have to confess myself that before to look for an EVS project in Russia and see this Interra’s project in Krasnoyarsk, I had never heard about this city. That’s quite a pity because Krasnoyarsk is a nice place, with a nice city center and a great nature surrounding it. Continue reading

Easter and our trip to Yeniseyck with the Добробус

P1170186Easter (Пасха) was celebrated in Russia on the 1st of May. Let’s remind that religious events in Russia depend on the Julian calendar and not on the Gregorian one that we use in several European countries.

For this occasion we went with the Добробус to Yeniseyck (Енисейск), that is 275 km in the north of Krasnoyarsk. Continue reading

Mid-term training in Vladimir, the Golden ring and new resolutions!

P1160933.JPGLast week I got the occasion to take part to the midterm training of the EVS volunteers in Russia. Unfortunately as Ewa left yesterday, she didn’t have the opportunity to attend it because as the name indicates it, it should be done in the middle of your EVS (or at least 2 months before the end of it).

The idea of the training is to exchange with the other volunteers about our projects, share feedbacks, ideas and look for solutions about common issues that we have. Continue reading

Французская весна, Le printemps français

IMG_6691Many people often ask me what I’m concretely doing in Krasnoyarsk. Besides the administrative/logistical support that we do for our organization Interra with Ewa, we are also often solicited for different kinds of events connected with culture and language. After 5 months spent here, I can with no doubts say that many people here are interested by learning French and by the French culture… Continue reading

“The space odyssey of the monkey Anfisa or mission accomplished” and the story of Snegurochka

11220792_1015451231809454_3546857836623820840_nLast December, the organization KROOP[1] presented its new Christmas show: “космическая одиссея обезьянки анфисы или миссия выполнима” (The space odyssey of the monkey Anfisa or mission accomplished!). More than 800 spectators came to watch the performance, during which one the children, their parents and volunteers performed dances, songs, poetry, theater, percussions… The audience was astonished by such professionalism coming from the performers, and also by the sceneries, special effects, costumes, and the talented direction of the play done by Elena Niga (the head of the association). The scenario was inspired by the movie the 5th Element of Luc Besson and by the carton Громозека (Gromozeka).

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My on-arrival meeting in Rostov the Great

P1130068Last week I had the opportunity to take part to the on-arrival training organized by SALTO[1] for EVS volunteers in Russia. We were a group of 14 people coming from different countries (Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Czech, Slovakia, Latvia, France) who were volunteering in different parts of Russia: Samara (for the majority), Yoshkar-Ola, Kirov, Ufa, Saint Petersburg, Nizhi Novgorod, Perm and Krasnoyarsk (because you always need someone coming from Siberia :D)! Continue reading