language and photography courses

Would you like to explore and document remote post-Soviet backwaters through the lens of your camera? Are you after stunning videos and unique pictures shot in places your friends can barely pronounce the name of? Or maybe are you more into exotic languages and Slavic culture? Did you get tired of expensive and boring courses in Moscow or Petersburg and you are now looking for an unusual and affordable post-Soviet destination to improve your Russian skills? We have an answer to your wishes! Browse our expanding catalogue of language programs and photography workshops. Besides offering you the chance to get involved in the activities listed below, we are also able to connect you with a wide spectrum of language and art programs around the former USSR from Tuva to Tajikistan, from Karabakh to Belarus, from Karakalpakstan to MoldovaContact us for dates and prices. 

Russian courses in Transnistria and Abkhazia

Soviet Tours is excited to offer you the unique opportunity to learn Russian directly from local native speakers in Tiraspol (Transnistria) and Sukhumi (Abkhazia). Most visitors can visit the internationally unrecognised but de-facto independent republics of Transnistria and Abkhazia without visa or get one online, the local population is hospitable, Russian is the arguably the sole language you'll hear while in the region and young locals are eager to get in touch with international guests from around the world. Our courses are designed to meet the needs and expectations of each student. One week, one month, one year, it's up to you. Additionally, we also offer a 2-week full-immersion course to learn to speak Russian as quickly as Gagarin flew to space. Please contact us to learn more. 

Photography workshops in the ussr

Besides being the founder of Soviet Tours, Gianluca Pardelli has been working as professional photojournalist since 2010: his reportages from the former Soviet Union have been featured in major international magazines and newspapers. He regularly offers tailored photography tours and workshops for professionals and amateurs. You'll get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the former USSR with an internationally acclaimed photographer. Tell us whether you are more interested in landscape, architecture, street or portrait photography, give us an idea of the region you'd like to capture with your camera and we'll suggest you a couple of exciting itineraries and workshops that will surely satisfy your photographic desires. Please contact us to learn more.

Chechnya Language exchange

Soviet Tours work together with a local language school in Grozny to offer you the rare opportunity to be involved in a language exchange program in the Chechen capital. Language exchange is a method of learning based on mutual language practicing by learning partners who are speakers of different languages. We are looking for English, German and French native speakers willing to take part in a two-week language exchange program that will give you the opportunity to learn Russian and/or Chechen basics, while teaching a European language to local students. Please contact us to learn more. 

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