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Applications being taken for Russia trip

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Education > An information session will be held Feb. 1 at Mesa Library

By The Staff

The Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities Initiative (LASSCI) is seeking applications from High School students interested in a summer 2014 visit to Sarov, Russia.
An information session for interested students and parents will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 1. at the Mesa Public Library (3rd Floor, Rooms 2 and 3). Attendees will learn everything they need to know to consider participating in the summer 2014 trip.
The purpose of the Summer Youth Exchange Program is to promote mutual understanding between our two cities and between our respective countries. Participating students will develop appreciation for both the similarities and differences of life in both communities, and learn about the history, the culture and everyday life.
Visits under the Summer Youth Exchange Program involve 10 students accompanied by chaperones, and start with two days in Moscow for sightseeing and time-zone adjustment.
The group then travels to the ‘secret’ city of Sarov.
The program will include learning about the history of the town, touring attractions in the surrounding area, music and other cultural events, trying out new food, and meeting and just kicking back with Sarov students.
Visitors will discover new things about themselves, form lasting friendships and, as previous participants have attested, have life-changing experiences.
Applicants should be sophomores or juniors at Los Alamos High School, although other students will also be considered depending on excellence in the selection criteria.
Applications are due by Feb. 28. Notification of selected students will occur before the end of March.
The cost of the trip will be about $2,500 per student, and a non-refundable deposit of $250 will be due by the application closing date (Feb. 28). Travel to Sarov will take place during the last week of June 2014 and the first week of July. Precise dates will be determined by airline schedules and coordination with Sarov. LASSCI will seek to identify financial assistance for students who want to participate, but whose families are not in a position to pay for the trip.
Los Alamos and Sarov have been Sister Cities since the 1994.
Students from Los Alamos most recently went to Sarov in 2012, and high school students from Sarov were in Los Alamos in August 2013. These youth exchanges have been going on for a number of years.
For further information about the trip, about the Information Session, or about how to apply, contact the LASSCI Youth 2014 Coordinator: Paul Criscuolo, 505-353-1463, pcriscuolo@gmail.com.