What is Project RUSLAN?

RUSLAN is a new joint Slavic/RC project at the University of Michigan that focuses on engaging students of Russian language, culture, history and literature in the local Russian-speaking community and public schools. The program provides students with an opportunity to apply their language skills and knowledge of Russia through meaningful Russian-related community service for credit or no credit.

The RUSLAN Project is divided into several different programs. The RUSLAN course places undergraduate & graduate students into Russian-related service assignments and internships. This service-learning course provides job skill training and opportunities to learn about the local Russophone community, diversity, civic engagement, personal growth and academic reflection. It also provides the local Russian-speaking community (seniors, adults and children) with socio-cultural shift assistance. The course is offered Fall and Winter semester ever year.

RUSLAN's Alternative Spring Break takes students to St. Petersburg and Russian northern provinces to get an insider's view of the country, as well as providing a unique opportunity for service-learning in Russian schools and museums. This aspect of the program is new for spring break 2010. We hope to offer this opportunity every spring break.

RUSLAN also offers 1-day service opportunities. In the past, these have included food distribution, card signing, chaperoning Russian-speaking seniors to UMS concerts, and Hannukah and Purim gift delivery. To participate, email Alina Makin to get on the listserv for these events.