The north-east corner of Kazakhstan boasts stunning mountains, verdant valleys, and the majestic Bukhtarma river.  The team’s home base will be in the village of Sennoe (pop. 315) where volunteers will live in a local home and enjoy meals prepared by a local hostess.  The population in Sennoe largely consists of Russian Old Believers, descendants of religious refugees who fled here from Russia in Tsarist times.  The team will collect oral histories, record stories, songs, and rituals – and make a short  trip to document the August celebration known as Honey Savior —  an occasion for blessing and celebrating the locally produced honey.

About This Expedition

  • Dates:

    August 9, 2020 to August 19, 2020

  • Location:

    Katon-Karagai district of East Kazakhstan, Sennoe village

  • Arrive In:

    Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

  • Depart From:

    Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

  • Expedition Languages:

    English, Russian

  • Team Size:


  • Projected Fee:

    $2770 - $3500 depending on number of volunteers

  • Apply By:

    May 10, 2020

Meet The Team

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    Dr. Alevtina Tsvetkova

    Professor of Russian Philology, specializing in Folklore, at Pavlodar State University in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

    Dr. Tsvetkova has been making folklore expeditions to Siberia and the Altai Mountains (on both sides of the Russia/Kazakhstan border) since 1983. Her special interests include family folklore, family life-cycle rituals, and the contemporary role of folk legend and belief.

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