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for Sustainable Development
Since 1977, Middlebury College has organized internships in Russia for international students studying the Russian language. Since 2018, a sustainable development program has been added to the Russian language curriculum, after similar programs were launched in China, Chile and Japan. More details can be found here.
Eco-center specialists deliver a training course for Middlebury College students and oversee students' environmental projects
To build a long-term partnership between Middlebury College, Irkutsk State University, Baikal Interactive Environmental Center and other organizations interested in the sustainable development of the Baikal region
To develop joint projects between Russian and international students in the field of ecology and education
To pilot new methodological developments with different age groups of schoolchildren in the Baikal region
To improve language skills and intercultural understanding between the participating countries
What we do
The course "Environmental Problems and the Non-Profit Sector of the Baikal Region" is available to international students in the Middlebury College language program
Russian and international students construct group projects for integrated research in the sphere of sustainable development
Departures to Baikal
Students visit the coast of Lake Baikal where they evaluate the environmental conditions and become acquainted with the landscape
Testing of methodological developments
We develop strategies for environmental education and conduct interactive classes with students