Concordia Language Villages’ summer Russian immersion program “Лесное озеро” is actively recruiting a diverse pool for positions as counselors in our residential program for kids ages 6-18, for July 8 – August 11, 2018 in Bemidji, MN.
Counselors teach Russian language and culture in an informal program with extensive mentoring and support, and also lead “camp”-type activities (canoeing, art, etc.) and supervise cabins. These positions are appropriate for those with abundant energy and a dedication to and background in work with children and teens. They do not require teaching experience, as we expect to provide these staff with intensive teacher training, a very thorough curriculum, and in-service support. We anticipate that we will have a particular need for applicants with experience in outdoor skills/nature/ecology, folk art, guitar/balalaika/domra, Central Asia and/or the Caucuses.
These positions require a strong command of informal spoken Russian. Staff members are expected to be able to use Russian to communicate both in staff meetings and with campers in all daily life situations. Most successful domestic applicants are either heritage speakers or L2 speakers who have already spent at least a year in a Russian-speaking country. We also hire international staff through our J1 camp counselor visa program.
This is a summer camp experience in cabins in the woods, so prospective staff should enjoy rustic living, physical exertion, and sharing responsibility for maintaining communal spaces. Ability and willingness to undergo Red Cross lifeguard training is a plus!