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Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF), Student Program Application Deadline May 29

Interested in Russia? Foreign Policy? Business? Want to go to Moscow?

Join The Stanford US Russia Forum!

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF) is a student-run program that connects top-notch American students with their Russian counterparts in an effort to build international dialogue.  Delegates for the program travel to Moscow for a five-day conference in the fall, work on a collaborative research project to produce a policy proposal in the winter, and present their work at a capstone conference at Stanford in the spring. Research this past year ran the gamut from venture capitalism in Russia to cybersecurity to new media uses by government officials and much more.

The program is open to both undergraduates and graduates from any university in the United States and seven partner universities across Russia.  Although background in Russian language or study does strengthen an application, we have no prerequisites for the program and we recruit delegates from all fields of study.

For more info check out or email at

Please follow the link to find the application for this year. Application due date is May 29.


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Country Director (Russia), American Councils, Moscow, Russia

Country Director

Position Description

The Country Director provides overall administrative and programmatic direction for all American Councils activities and operations in the Russian Federation and represents American Councils to current and potential funders and partners. Located In Moscow, the position oversees and directs American Councils activities related to study in Russia for Americans and study abroad in the U.S. for Russians, as well as Russia-based programming for alumni of exchanges, development projects in higher education, and service to U.S. and Russian institutions seeking partnerships, cooperation, and learning. The Country Director exercises administrative oversight of all operations and personnel in the country, working in conjunction with respective Office Directors in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Vladivostok. The Country Director oversees and provides on-site academic monitoring of American Councils’ academic programs for Americans, and periodic evaluation of teaching effectiveness and program design. The portfolio in Russia includes exchanges such as Open World, FLEX, NSLI-Y, CLS, LFP, the Tatarstan Higher Education Fellowship, and development and other higher education initiatives such as the Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) Program, EducationUSA, and Legislative Institutes. In support of programming, the Country Director consults with Washington-based staff to make recommendations concerning personnel matters, policies, budgets, and innovations in programmatic and administrative structures.

This position reports to the Washington-based Managing Director for Field Operations and Programs, and as a key member of American Councils field-based leadership team, works closely with senior staff members, program managers, and colleagues in other field offices.


Oversight and Leadership
* Maintains American Councils’ organizational relations in the country with relevant US government offices and institutions (the US embassy, USAID, and other US government agencies); with the Russian federal and regional governments and private institutions (government ministries, agencies, and offices; national corporations; and American Councils’ institutional partners); international and domestic foundations organizations and foundations; and the media;
* Provides overall supervision of American Councils programs in Russia by communicating, as needed, with Russia-based and U.S.-based staff members concerning academic, operational, and other policy matters as affected by Russia’s political, economic and cultural conditions; Makes recommendations on general program matters, on perceptions of American Councils administered programs and on the influence of local conditions on administration of programs in Russia;
* Represents American Councils as related to all programs in individual consultations, public appearances, and meetings with potential and existing partners; advances goals of international cooperation and learning in the larger NGO, exchange, donor, and education community in Russia
* Participates actively in developing new programs, seeking new funding sources, cultivating philanthropic opportunities for the region and enhancing external relations.

Administration and Finance:
* Oversees American Councils internal operations, ensuring smooth operations of American Councils in the country in terms of infrastructure and staffing
* Advises staff on American Councils policies and employment matters and coordinates implementation of HR policies and practices related to hiring, training, evaluation, and professional growth and development
* Works closely with Program Managers and Grant Accountants to ensure budgets for the region are developed, monitored, adjusted and maintained according to government regulations and sound accounting practices.
* Oversees all general Moscow office administrative matters such as negotiating contracts; interacting with landlords, maintaining proper work environment, and providing DC office with finance reports monthly, and budgets every six months; monitors all outgoing and incoming funds
* Assists Office Directors with the coordination of all general office administrative matters in the region such as negotiating contracts.

Program Administration:
* Oversees and assists in organizing, implementing and reporting on activities, including recruitment and alumni activities delivered by program offices;
* Monitors all recruitment activities to assure timely and proper conduct of competitions;
* Assists with recruitment activities
* Meets with ministry and US government officials regularly to provide appropriate information and overview of the program administration processes and alumni activities
* Ensures accurate, full and timely reports are filed as appropriate

* Fluent in Russian; additional regional languages desirable;
* Graduate degree — related to region in: economics, international education or development, history, or related area; experience working with higher education a plus
* Professional-level program management experience;
* Experience in budget management;
* Demonstrated experience in developing external sources of funding support;
* Supervisory experience; experience supervising host-country national staff preferred;
* Experience traveling extensively under difficult conditions;
* Overseas work/living experience, preferably in Russia;
* Cross-cultural skills;
* Strong written and oral communication skills.

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Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

American Councils improves education at home and abroad through the support of international research, the design of innovative programs, world. American Councils employs a full-time professional staff of over 370, located in the U.S. and in 40 cities in 24 countries of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Asia and the Middle East.

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The SARS Home and Abroad Program Scholarship, The School of Russian and Asian Studies, Applications Deadline May 13

The SRAS Home and Abroad Program
a scholarship program for future translators, academics, and adventurers!

This Program is Available in:
Recently restored church in downtown Irkutsk.Irkutsk State Linguistic University
Far Eastern National University is located in Vladivostok, a major military and naval baseVladivostok State University of Economics and Service

The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship may be applied to any SRAS program held in Irkutsk or Vladivostok lasting a full academic year. A rigorous internship component will be included with the program.

The Internship
Students begin their internship from home. Under the guidance of SRAS staff, students will translate texts ranging in subject matter from business to politics to culture. These projects will widen students’ Russian vocabularies while helping them develop a marketable skill in a much-needed profession. Students will continue translating once in Russia and will also take on tasks that will encourage them to get out, explore, and be active. Students will write restaurant and cultural event reviews for the SRAS website, as well as update our online city guide and our student university guide. Students additionally will research and write three three-page articles and complete one major translation project (usually a political platform) during the course of their program. Most of the student’s work will be published online on and/or our partners’ sites, creating a solid profess! io! ! ! nal portfolio.

The Program
Eligible programs for this scholarship include full-year sessions ofRussian as a Second Language (RSL)The Russian Far East (RFE), and Siberian Studies (SS). If the student selects RFE or SS, the internship listed for the second semester will be with SRAS but will include additional tasks related to Siberia or the Russian Far East.

The Student
Applicants will have advanced Russian skills and strong writing and research skills. The student will be well-organized, motivated, have his/her own laptop, and be able check email once per day. Most translation projects will be expected to be completed 72 hours after they are assigned. The student will be able to work independently and creatively. The student will be adventurous and eager to explore their chosen Russian city independently.

Program Dates
Applications Due: May 13, 2010!
Internship from Home Begins: June 1
Program Abroad Begins: September 5

The Application
Students will apply according to SRAS’s regular application procedure, indicating which city and program they are interested in and listing “Home and Abroad Program” as an additional program of choice. In addition, students must submit two academic papers longer than 10 pages. Students will submit additionally one paragraph explaining why they want to participate in this program as well as a letter of recommendation from a former (current) employer and a former (current) professor. All of these additional materials should be emailed to Josh Wilson, SRAS Assistant Director, at All questions about the Home and Abroad program may be addressed to Josh Wilson.

Start Your Application!

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) represents universities and educational programs across Russia and Eurasia. Through our partnerships with these organizations, we offer a wide range of educational and travel programs designed to meet the needs of foreign students. We also offer services to assist students in performing and publishing research abroad and at home. These services range from interviews with local personalities to an academic journal designed for students. See our site for more information. Contact us (via a reply email) with any questions.


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Workshop: “Our Land is Great and Rich but Extremely Little Studied”: Siberia, State Planning, and the Krasnoyarsk Museum as Milieu, 1905-1929, Modern Europe Workshop, March 29

The first meeting of the Spring Quarter on Tuesday, March 29 in the John Hope Franklin Room (refreshments at 4:45, discussion at 5:00).

Julia Fein will present Chapter Five of her dissertation, entitled “Our Land is Great and Rich but Extremely Little Studied”: Siberia, State Planning, and the Krasnoyarsk Museum as Milieu, 1905-1929.

The paper will be posted on Chalk towards the end of break.

For more information, contact Eleanor Rivera.

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Concert: Chopic and Prokofiev, Dror Biran (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 14


Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Dror Biran, Piano

Two Preludes from Book I (6’)
Danseuses de Delphes
Les Collines d’Ana Capri
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Ballade No. 4, Op. 58 in F minor (11’)
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Sonata No.7, Op.83 in B-flat Major  (18’)
I.   Allegro inquieto
II.  Andante coloroso
III. Precipitato
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953)

Dror Biran is one of Israel’s most admired and gifted pianists. His playing has been described in Die Beeld as “powerful, but also beautifully sensitive”. The Plain Dealer added “his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them came pianissimos that whispered seductively…he has technique to burn and uses it effectively…”   His superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.

Born in Israel, Mr. Biran is a top prize winner of several national and international piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Givataim Conservatory where he studied with Mrs. Lili Dorfman and of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. He won top prizes at the M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995), and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. Other honors include first prize at the “Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition” in Zaragoza, Spain (1998), and the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition 2000.  He has been a recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians.

Mr. Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. He has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Lane and others. His concert tours have taken him to Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and South Africa.

As a chamber musician Mr. Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music ensembles such as the Carmel and Aviv String Quartets, and with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. His concerts have been broadcast by WCLV, WQXR, WUOL, The Voice of Music – Israel, and Classic FM South Africa, among others. He can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin.

Mr. Biran received his Doctoral degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mr. Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro. He taught at Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University.  Currently, he holds a piano professor position at the University of Louisville’s School of Music. His future engagements include chamber and solo concerts in the United States, Europe and Israel.

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Valse Sentimentale, Tchaikovsky, Clara-Jumi Kang (Violin) and Georgy Tchaidze (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 20

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Clara-Jumi Kang, Violin
Georgy Tchaidze, Piano

Sonatensatz (Scherzo) (5’)
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)musi

Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Op. 78 in G Major (29’)
I.   Vivace ma non troppo
II.  Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
Johannes Brahms

Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6 (3’)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)

Clara-Jumi Kang, a German of Korean origin, was born in Mannheim in 1987.  Last September, she captured the Gold Medal of the 2010 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, winning five additional special prizes and the use of the 1683 Ex-Gingold Stradivari for four years.  As a result of her triumph in Indianapolis, she has multiple concert engage-ments across North America, including her Carnegie Hall debut in the Spring of 2012.

Clara started violin and piano lessons at age three and entered the Mannheim Musikhochschule at four, studying with Valerie Gradov.  At five, she gave her debut with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. She auditioned for the Juilliard School at age 7 and was accepted on full scholarship to study with renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. Her numerous competition prizes include First Prize at the 2010 Sendai International Violin Competition, Second Prize at the 2009 Hannover International Violin Competition, and First Prize at the 2009 Seoul International Violin Competition.

Clara recorded her first CD at age 9 on the Teldec label performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with her siblings. She has just completed her studies with Nam Yun Kim in Korea at the Korean National University of Arts where she was accepted as one of the youngest college students. Clara now lives in Munich.

Georgy Tchaidze, First Laureate of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition (2009), is a native of St Petersburg, Russia. He began music studies at age seven and received a degree from the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Sergey Dorensky. He now studies with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Tchaidze has performed across Russia in recital and in performance with chamber ensembles. His Honens win allowed him to bring his artistry beyond Russia for performances throughout Europe and North America. In 2010, he performed for The International Holland Music Sessions, made a ten-city German recital tour, and gave the premiere of a new work for piano and orchestra by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan, commissioned especially with him in mind.

Also in 2010, Tchaidze was honored to perform for the Governor General of Canada at the invitation of The Glenn Gould Foundation, and made his debut recording on the Honens label while in residence at The Banff Centre. In 2011, Tchaidze will be soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Zukerman. He joins Clara-Jumi Kang, Gold Medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the Cecilia String Quartet, Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, for two special touring projects in 2012.


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CfP: 1st International Conference on Russian Studies “Language, World View and Text”, University of Granada (Spain), Abstract Deadline March 15


Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite the scientific community to attend the
1st International Conference on Russian Studies “Language, World View and Text”, which will be held at the University of Granada (Spain), from June 28th – July 1st 2011.

We invite papers on the following topics:

1. Russian language, culture and world view.
2. Russian literature in the international educational space.
3. The Russian and Spanish languages: Comparative studies, translation and intercultural communication.
4. Problems in text analysis and interpretation.
5. Russian language within the context of European languages.
6. Current problems in the teaching of Russian language and literature.

The official languages of the Conference will be Russian, Spanish, and English.

The deadline for submitting the registration form and the abstract will be March 15, 2011.

Further information:

The Organizing Committee

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Volunteer Opportunities in Siberia, Great Baikal Trail, Open Enrollment

The Great Baikal Trail
Building the first environmental trail system in Russia

Volunteer in our Office!

The Great Baikal Trail, as a non-profit organization, relies almost entirely on volunteer work for its continued existence and development. We therefore welcome volunteers from Russia and abroad who wish to help us in our Irkutsk office. Volunteers come from all across the globe, often having received funding from organizations such as European Volunteer Services (EVS), Rotary International, or an institution of higher learning. While here, they not only provide valuable, indispensable, and highly rewarding service to the organization, local communities, and future volunteers on projects! No knowledge of Russian is required to make a difference – send us an email if you’d like to find out more about how you can help the Great Baikal Trail continue to thrive!

Our volunteers can work on:

• finding grants and other funding opportunities for summer and educational projects
• writing and editing information for our English-language website
• teaching English classes for our Russian volunteers (this is really important – the better we know English, the better we can serve an international community!)

• translation of educational and promotional materials from Russian into English
• preparation of environmental education materials, both for projects and for development of an environmentally-friendly mindset in communities in and around Baikal
• participate in environmental activism movements run by the GBT club

• assist the day-to-day operation of the GBT office and GBT club
• increasing knowledge of environmental issues and solutions, both in Russia and worldwide
• study Russian and other subjects at Irkutsk State University
• and much more….

all while gaining a unique opportunity to live in Irkutsk, explore the wonders of Siberia and Lake Baikal, and experience Russian culture firsthand!!!

To join us or request more information, email

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Intensive Russian Program, American Home in Vladimir, Russia

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Study Intensive Russian in Vladimir!

The American Home has proudly offered intensive Russian courses for foreigners for many years now. Our qualified and experienced instructors, Tanya Akimova and Nelli Mukhammadieva have many years of experience in teaching Russian to foreign students. Our students live with host families here in the ancient city of Vladimir, and can fully immerse themselves in both the Russian language and culture.

An exciting setting: Experience ancient Russia in modern-day Vladimir

The historic city of Vladimir is an ideal setting in which to become immersed in Russian culture.  This 1,000+ year old city of more than 300,000 is located approximately 120 miles northeast of Moscow.  Students are met at the airport in Moscow and driven past vast forests and fields, through villages and small towns to this former capitol of ancient Rus.

During your stay you will travel to the nearby picturesque town of Suzdal, in addition to touring the historic sights of Vladimir.  These include the magnificent Assumption Cathedral and the Golden Gates, both of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  You will become intimately acquainted with the increasingly modern shops and outdoor markets, and visit your new Russian friends in their Soviet-era apartments.

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Program Features

  • Room and board with a Russian family (2 meals a day)
  • Well-educated native speakers trained to teach Russian to foreigners
  • Intensive, one-on-one or small group lessons 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
  • Lessons conducted on the trolley bus, in an open air market, and elsewhere in the community
  • Classroom lessons in the comfortable, well equipped American Home where you will meet Russians studying English

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Set Your Own Dates!

Dates: Open May 1–August 30
although fall and winter dates are possible

Cost: Eight weeks (120 hours of formal lessons) – $5,645.00
Six weeks (90 hours of formal lessons) – $4,425.00
Four weeks (60 hours of formal lessons)- $3,205.00
Longer and shorter programs, from two weeks to a year, are also possible.
Please contact David Johnson (
for a cost estimate of your desired program.

Signup: At least three months prior to departure with a $500 deposit required.
Balance due at least 30 days prior to departure.

To apply to study intensive Russian at the American Home, simply
click here to download the application instructions. Please email your completed application – or any questions regarding our program – to David Johnson at

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Comments from our former students

“The American Home was not only instrumental to my success in Vladimir in a host of ways, but really is, and will always be a “home away from home” for me. I am so very grateful to everyone there who took an interest in me, my work, and family, and who made me so welcome. And I must especially thank Nelli and Tanya [Russian language teachers] for THEIR hard work. They managed to combine the exacting standards of true professionals with the sort of humanity and intelligence that made them a delight to learn from. I cannot recommend them highly enough to anyone who wants to study in an authentically Russian and timelessly beautiful place like Vladimir.”

Marlyn Miller, PhD in Russian History, 2009
Brandeis University
Ms. Miller’s complete essay

“Two of our students who studied in Vladimir this past summer are in my upper-level literature seminar together with several Russian students. They can hold their own. Their comprehension is excellent. Sometimes they know words the native speakers do not know. They both praise their Vladimir teachers, and they clearly did learn a lot.”

Prof. Lina Bernstein, Chair
Department of German and Russian
Franklin & Marshall College

Studying Russian at the American Home in Vladimir

In my life, I’ve made three trips that changed how I see things:  the first to Guatemala to adopt my son, the second to Colombia to adopt my daughter, and the third to the American Home in Vladimir, Russia, to study the language and culture through Serendipity.

Until now, you could call me an indifferent student of language; yet two weeks in Vladimir turned me completely around, and for reasons I’ll try to explain.  The people, to start with, were wonderful.  I stayed in the home of a woman who spoke at most ten words of English, but pulled out all stops in her efforts to please me. In Russia, this seems to mean feeding a guest at least three times as much as their stomach can hold, namely blini for breakfast, and dinner with multiple courses, including soup, bread, salad, fish, tea, and the ubiquitous chocolate, placed on my pillow at bedtime.

Determined to make the most of my time in Vladimir (and not just at the dinner table) I arranged for three hours of daily individual Russian lessons at the American Home. Like Zina, my hostess, the teacher, Tanya Akimova, spoke only Russian.  This caused me to panic at first since I’d only just started the language;  yet her talent was such that within a few days I was speaking in sentences, going to cafes and stores by myself, telling Zina about my family, even joking in Russian.  In short, I was hooked.

Many others made my stay in Vladimir a joy.  These included Galya and Alexei Altonen, Directors of the American Home who invited me to their home for snacks and the opportunity to meet their luxurious Maine Coon cats;  Tanya Zaitseva, a teacher, who arranged for me to lecture in her school as well as at Vladimir State University;  Nadya Pyanikova, my excellent tour guide, who took me to Moscow and Suzdal;  Nina Zaragoza and the other high-energy American teachers, troopers all;  the American Home staff, utterly polite and efficient; and the many friends of my hostess, Zina, who came by her flat to meet the Amerikanka and, naturally, to bring me gifts.

Lastly, beyond the warm-hearted people, and the excellence of my language instruction, there was something about Russia that eluded description–yet affected me deeply.  It is, as they say, a country of stark contradiction, as even the most cursory knowledge of its history attests.

Perhaps this is Serendipity’s greatest gift–facilitating the process by which Americans can peer into another culture, however briefly, and come away with an alternately chilly and snug sense that people everywhere are similar, but also very different–and in ways that can be utterly pleasing and new.

Professor Helen Campbell
Department of Business & Management/Department of Criminology, University of Maryland, University College-Europe

I want to thank you for that irreplaceable opportunity to intensify my knowledge of the Russian language and to deepen my understanding of contemporary trends in post-Communist Russia.  Without the auspices of the American Home none of these scholarly pursuits would have been possible.

In the course of daily Russian lessons spread over three months I encountered the best Russian language instruction that I have been privileged to experience in, lo, these many years of seeking to master a most difficult language. Your native-speaker language teachers were both technically proficient and adept at using what I take to be the most advanced approaches to encouraging students to learn a foreign language.

As always is the case, however, one of the most valuable aspects of any language program in situ is the political and cultural acclimatization that is part and parcel of the language instruction experience.  After an 8-year absence from Russia, the opportunity to observe political, economic and social conditions first hand under your auspices was irreplaceable.

The American Home is easily the single most influential American presence in the entire country outside Moscow and St. Petersburg that I have ever seen. Little more than a decade ago, we would have died for the opportunity to do what you are accomplishing in Vladimir.

Dr. Nils H. Wessell, Professor of Government, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT 06320

“I have many wonderful memories after two consecutive summers of intensive language study at the American Home in Vladimir.  It is impossible to completely convey just how rewarding this experience has been.  On a practical level, my two summers in Vladimir have enabled me to complete the equivalent of two years of college Russian–and I have an advantage over most of the students in my current third year class when it comes to speaking Russian.  In addition, while living in Vladimir you cannot miss the grand history and magnificent architecture that is located around every corner.  At the American Home I have learned both the language and a great deal about the Russian way of life.”

Peter York, University of Pittsburg

“I speak better Russian than 99% of the foreigners I know in Moscow.  My decision to live in Vladimir is the best one I’ve ever made.”

Matt Plischke, Miami University, Ohio

“The 3 1/2 months I spent in Vladimir were absolutely invaluable to me in understanding Russian language and culture.  As a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, a qualified Military Language Instructor, and participant in four intensive language refresher courses, I feel that studying Russian through Serendipity vastly improved my language skills.”

Staff Sergeant Christopher Higgins, Illinois State University

“Vladimir and the American Home are ideally situated.  Here, you have all the advantages of Russian city life, with all the charm of the nearby dachas.  The American Home really is the meeting and mixing point for two cultures.  The Russian lessons and the Russian homestay give you a chance to improve your speaking abilities while experiencing Russian culture firsthand.”

Erika Boeckler, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Living in Vladimir is the best thing I have ever done to improve my Russian and learn more about Russian culture.”

Rachel Lu Owens, University of Montana

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Russian Language Instructor at the US Embassy in Moscow

Vacancy Announcement Number 10-0078
Open to: All interested Candidates
Opening Date: August 5, 2010 Closing Date: until filled
Work Hours:  Full-time: 40 hours per week
Position Grade: Ordinarily Resident: FSN-7 (RUB 672,642+bonus RUB 29,952 p.a.- starting salary)
*AEFM/MOH/NOR: FP-7* (position grade to be confirmed by Washington)
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is seeking an individual for the position of the Language Instructor in the Human Resources Office.
The incumbent is responsible for instructing employees and/or their dependents in Russian at all levels.
(A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available in the HR Office. Please send your request to the email address:
All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item – this is in addition to the sending of a CV/Resume.
1. Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in teaching Russian as a foreign language and/or in teaching Russian as a native language is required.
2. Three to five years of experience teaching Russian as a second language is required. At least two of those years should be in a classroom setting.
3. Level IV (fluent) in both written and spoken English and level IV (fluent) Russian is required (will be tested).
4. Knowledge of grammar and pronunciation of both English and Russian is required. A thorough knowledge of and training in linguistic pedagogical methods, including computer-bases learning system is required (will be tested).
5. Basic skills in keyboard/data entry and IT software are required.
When equally qualified, Appointment Eligible Family Members and those with U.S. Veterans preference will be given hiring priority consideration. Therefore, it is essential that all candidates address the required qualifications above in the application.
1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget and visa status in determining successful candidacy
2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
3. Must be able to obtain and hold a security clearance.
4. Currently employed US Citizen EFMs, who hold a FMA appointment, and currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
5. AEFMs and FM/NOHs on the travel orders of a Foreign Service, Civil Service, or Military Officer permanently assigned to post and under Chief of Mission authority are not required to obtain work permits or visas for employment within a U.S. Foreign Service post in Russia.
6. Under the Russian law on citizenship, dual citizenship is not recognized by the Government of Russia (GOR) unless a bilateral agreement exists; one does not exist between the GOR and the USG.  (Bilateral agreements on dual nationality do exist between Russia and Tajikistan)  Employees and/or Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) who may have dual citizenship should advise the Human Resources Office before applying for any jobs at the Embassy or at the Consulates General.
Interested candidates for this position should submit the following documents in English:
A. Note the position applying for
B. Application for Federal Employment (SF-171 or  OF-612); orC. A current resume that addresses the qualifications for skills and abilities. In order to be considered, applicants must submit a narrative statement on a separate page with specific responses to each of the required qualifications in this announcement.
D. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.
E. Documentation (essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
Fax: 7-495-728 5244; Email:
The preferred way of receiving resumes is via email.
1. AEFM:  A type of EFM that is eligible for direct hire employment on either a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or Temporary Appointment (TEMP) provided s/he meets all of the following criteria:
–US citizen;
–Spouse or dependent who is at least age 18;
–Listed on the travel orders of a Foreign or Civil Service or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed at a US Foreign Service post or establishment abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority;
–Is resident at the sponsoring employee’s or uniform service member’s post of assignment abroad, approved safehaven abroad, or alternate safehaven abroad; and
–Does not receive a USG annuity or pension based on a career in the US Civil, Foreign, or uniform services.
2. EFM: Family Members at least age 18 listed on the travel orders of a Foreign of Civil Service or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed to a US Foreign Service post or establishment abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority who do not meet the definition of AEFM above.
3. Member of Household:  A MOH is a person who:
1) Has accompanied, but is not/not on the travel orders of a U.S. citizen Foreign or Civil Service employee or uniform service member permanently assigned to or stationed at a U.S. Foreign service post or establishment abroad;
2) Has been declared by the sponsoring employee to the Chief of Mission as part of his/her household;
and 3) Resides at post with the sponsoring employee.
4. Ordinarily Resident (OR):  A citizen of the host country or a citizen of another country who has shifted the main residency focus to the host country and has the required work and/or residency permits for employment in country.
5. Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR):  Typically NORs are US Citizen EFMs and EFMs of FS, GS, and uniformed service members who are eligible for employment under an American USG pay plan, on the travel orders and under Chief of Mission authority, or other personnel having diplomatic privileges and immunities.
The US Mission in Russia provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.
The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief
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