The next available expeditions are scheduled for

Team I :  May 20-31, 2002

Team II :  June 4-16, 2002

Team III: June 19-30, 2002

Team IV: July 4-16, 2002

Team V: July 19-30, 2002

Team VI: August 2-11, 2002 New!!!

Team VII :  January 5-15, 2003 New!!! WELCOME! CONTACT US:


    No matter how interesting and important our project, it may  remain only a text on the screen, and theTeam 4, season 2000 (summer). Photo Nicky Prouvost conceptions of folklore documentaries may remain only as plans.  Hundreds of folklore culture masterpieces may go unrecorded, not studied and not comprehended. They will pass away and will become history together with their creators. The moral profundity and spiritual fascination may remain unknown for our contemporaries, and future generations, should the project fail to inspire volunteers to participate in it. The extent of the project's realization depends on volunteers' interest in Russian folklore heritage and concern with its preservation.

Knowledge of Russian is not necessary - our staff members speak fluent English.



Visa process

Volunteers assignments

Medical advice

Field training

Daily Schedule

Field supplies

TheTeam 2, season 1998 (summer). Photo Kelley Bethell policy towards foreigners under the communist regime did not allow them to see the real life of the Russian people, especially in the country. Foreigners were allowed to visit only such large cities as Moscow and Leningrad. Nowadays our friends and colleagues from abroad have an opportunity to get to know the authentic Russia, with those Team 2, season 1997 (summer). Photo Eileen Starr Russians who represent the core of our nation. Nowadays we have an opportunity to study discover the unknown Russia together with any person from any country. In accordance with our project policy no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, or national origin shall be excluded from participation in our expedition.

Nota Bene!Any hard currency can be used throughout most of Russia. You will have no problem with currency exchange in Moscow. Please, do not bring old looking paper currency as Team 3, season 1998 (summer). Photo Margo Bowman hey will not be accepted in Russian banks. You may use credit cards (VISA, JSB, STB, etc.) and travelerís checks to pay for services in Moscow, but it is very difficult to get cash from your credit card or to make currency exchange in villages. If you wishTeam 3, season 1997 (summer). Photo Cindy Walker to have cash in the field with you, you should arrange for it while you are still in Moscow. 


The Principal Investigators keep in close contact with many of the previous volunteers, who will be happy to talk about the project and their experiences in the field. Their contact addresses are available in the Veterans section.








University of Virginia Slavic Languages & Literatures Dept.Dr. Natalie 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)

University of Kentucky Russian and Eastern Studies and Linguistics Dr. J.Rouhier- Willoughby

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