We, working with the WWW Irkutsk Information Centre, have found that many young people from Europe or America are interested in participating in internships/ studies/ vacations in Irkutsk for their summer holidays. Some of these people have already found placements in local schools or firms.
In addition to the interesting work those visitors can be a part of in Irkutsk, or the vacation stay they can enjoy there, many of them would very much like to socialize with young Russians in their free time to get to know Russian culture and improve their language skills.
So we would like to propose the idea of a weekly informal "Irkutsk Friendsī Meeting" where interested Russians and their foreign visitors could get together for social activities. Perhaps it would be fun to discuss music, go to the theatre or the swimming-pool together, visit museums, play games, and enjoy the beauties of nature during a weekend on the Baikal. Making friends of different cultures is a great experience for both visitors and natives, and is the best way to help understanding between countries.
Everybody would surely enjoy activities like the following, which the Friends' Meeting would propose:
Listvyanka, Baikal coast (a single day or a weekend at Pribalkayskaya)
Museum of Art
Philharmonic - classical music
discussing modern Russian pop music and song lyrics
preparing a Russian meal together (pelmeni, salat olivie, borsch, piroshki?)
Participation in the Friendīs Meeting is, of course, free, as it should be among friends. It would be nice if you could contribute a small donation for cakes, tea, food and so on.
Responsible: Uta Kohler, WWW Irkutsk Information Centre firstname.lastname@example.org
It is not necessary that you be in Irkutsk from the beginning to the end of this programme. You are very welcome to join us for as little as 1 week or as long as you like. If you are already in Irkutsk at this time, you can call Fedor Babanine at 46-51-02 for further information. Please check http://www.icc.ru for planes, trains, accommodations, etc. It is possible to reserve a B&B homestay with a Russian family or stay in an inexpensive hotel. Consult with Webmaster Fedor Babanine.