The next available expeditions are scheduled for

Team I :  May 20-31, 2002 New!!!

Team II :  June 5-18, 2002 New!!!

 Team III: July 5-17, 2002 New!!!

Team IV: August 1-10, 2002 New!!!

Team V :  January 5-15, 2003 New!!!



    Depending on the types of information required, Yelena and Sergei Minyonok conduct different types of expeditions. These may include a research project to collect specific data, such as the recording of a particular singer, or an expedition to prepare for documentary filming. Many of their projects include opportunities for volunteers who are not specialists. The next available expedition is scheduled for July  18-28, 2001! (For other available expeditions, please, go to Volunteers section). Knowledge of Russian is not necessary -- our staff members speak fluent English. The expedition will take place in Brianskaya province, Rognedinskii district, Snopot village.

Detailed information about the VISA PROCESS, RENDEZVOUS INFORMATION (arrival and departure), ACCOMMODATIONS, FOOD, TRANSPORTATION, PHYSICAL CONDITIONING and DEMANDS is available in the Volunteers section. If you wish to participate in the Russian Folklore Expedition, please write a short message describing:

a) why you would like to participate in the expedition,

b) your expectations for the expedition,

c) any pertinent skills.

Please send your e-mail directly to Principle Investigators Yelena and Sergey Minyonok at: In return, you will receive a Registration Form, Letter of Agreement, and Conditions of Payment.

We are extremely interested in your opinion regarding this web site. Suggestions, comments or questions can be directed to:





University of Virginia Slavic Languages & Lits Dept Dr. Natalie O. Kononenko

University of Wisconsin
Dr. James Bailey

University of Colorado at Boulder Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages & Lits Dr. Laura J. Olson 

Slavic and East European Folklore Association (SEEFA)

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