Students and teachers from the USA have visited Petrozavodsk State University in the framework of the joint project “First Steps for High-Risk Children and Families”. 13 students and teachers from the USA (Duluth, Minnesota) took part in the exchange program between the students and the teachers of the Department of Social Studies and Social Work of PetrSU, the College of St. Scholastica, the University of Minnesota in Duluth and the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Under the auspices of the program, the guests have attended lectures of the university teachers and the specialists involved in practical social work. In the framework of the project, American colleagues have visited the city social organizations (“Nadezhda”, “Rodnik”, charity foundation “Materinskoe Serdtse”, “Preodolenie”, “Istoki”, and others). One of the project coordinators from America, Daniel S. Nolan, Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature of the University of Minnesota Duluth, held lecture “Introduction to Digital Humanities” to the 3rd year students of the Institute of History, Political and Social Sciences and International Relations specializing in International Relations and Social Work. Under the cultural program of the project, the guests have gone to Karelian village Kinerma and Kizhi Island.
The students of Petrozavodsk State University had an opportunity to communicate with the American students and even have them stay at their homes. The guests, as well as the host families, have pleasant memories of these times. The students from both countries recognize the value of the knowledge acquired during this visit for their future professional activity in the field of practical social work.