Job: Language Immersion Program Seeks Counselors and Teachers

Concordia Language Villages‘ summer Russian immersion program “Лесное озеро” is actively recruiting a diverse pool for positions as counselors and high school credit teachers in our residential program for kids ages 6-18, July 6 – August 8, 2020 in Bemidji, MN.

High school credit teachers should have experience teaching Russian as they will be expected to independently plan lessons and create materials and assessments for a class that covers a year of high school Russian in four weeks.

Counselors teach Russian language and culture in an informal program with extensive mentoring and support, and also lead camp activities (canoeing, art, etc.) 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/camping/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!

Applicants from previous years who were not hired are encouraged to re-apply, as hiring often depends on staff skill configurations, which vary from year to year.

Interested candidates can use this link to explore Concordia Language Villages in general and the Russian Village (Лесное озеро) in particular:

There is a link to the staffing page at that URL with complete job description and access to the application website.

If anyone has questions, please feel free to share my contact info: Lara Ravitch, Dean Lesnoe Ozero (Лесное озеро), Concordia Language Villages or tel: +1 (800) 222-4750


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