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120 Russian youngsters to stay with Estonian families this summer


111 young Russian speakers from Ida-Viru County and a further 10 from Tallinn will be studying Estonian language and culture this summer by staying with Estonian families for the duration of their studies. The family studies are being organised by the Integration Foundation.

Such studies are an effective way of familiarising young people aged 7-19 who are living in Estonia but whose mother tongue is a language other than Estonian with Estonian cultural space and of offering them the opportunity to form contacts with people of the same age who speak Estonian as their mother tongue.

Three bidders were successful in the tender. Pae Upper Secondary School in Tallinn will be arranging the family studies for its 10 youngsters this year in Rae municipality in Harju County. The NGOs Volonta and Veeda vaheaeg Võrumaal will be offering the 111 youngsters from Ida-Viru County the chance to stay with families in Võru County.

Jana Tondi, the head of language and cultural immersion with the Integration Foundation, says that unlike classroom learning, the family stays enable the participants to learn and use Estonian all the time and in very different situations. “Staying with families in the countryside will give the kids the chance to experience a very different way of life,” she said. “They’ll see places tourists never get to and hopefully make lasting friendships with Estonian kids their own age.”

Between five and eight youngsters at a time will take part in the studies, staying with different families. During their 10 days in the countryside they will take part in at least two joint events, as well as coming together for excursions and activities like handicrafts workshops and sports days they themselves organise.

The majority of the youngsters will be staying with the families in summer, with the first doing so in early June. The last group will join their families in October. Those undertaking family studies in September and October will have to attend school during the day and a hobby group during the evening.

45,000 euros has been allocated in support of Estonian language and culture studies in families. The contact details of the organisers can be found on the Integration Foundation website HERE.

The organisation of Estonian language and culture studies within families and at camps is financed from the state budget by the Ministry of Culture.

The Integration Foundation has been supporting such studies since 1998. Almost 20,000 youngsters from all over the country have taken part in these projects.

For further information please contact:

Jana Tondi
Head of language and cultural immersion


Telephone: +372 659 9069