Area Youth Invited To Visit Sarov, Russia – Summer 2014

St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square. Courtesy/LASSCI


Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the (formerly) Secret City of Sarov, the iconic Sarov Bell Tower, warm welcomes from Sarov youth, memories to last a lifetime!

The Los Alamos – Sarov Sister Cities Initiative (LASSCI) is seeking applications from high school students interested in a life-changing, summer 2014 visit to Sarov. An information session for interested students and parents will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Mesa Public Library, 3rd floor, rooms 2 & 3. Attendees will learn everything they need to know to consider participating in the summer 2014 trip.

Sarov Bell Tower in Winter. Courtesy/LASSCI

The purpose of the Summer Youth Exchange Program is to promote mutual understanding between the two cities and the respective countries. Participating students will develop appreciation for both the similarities and differences of life in the communities, and learn about the history, the culture and everyday life of Sarov.

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 for a two week, fun-filled, educational experience. The program includes 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 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 also will 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 is about $2,500 per student, and a non-refundable deposit of $250 is due by the application 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 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 LASSCI Youth 2014 Coordinator Paul Criscuolo, 505.353.1463,

Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities, Inc. (LASSCI) is a volunteer operated 501c3 nonprofit organization that facilitates activities of mutual benefit to the communities of Sarov, Russia and Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA for learning about each other’s community and culture. Learn more about LASSCI and get involved at

Los Alamos area students with Russian hosts in Sarov, Summer, 2012. Courtesy/LASSCI

Russian students in Los Alamos during summer 2013 visit. Courtesy/LASSCI