Smolensk, Bryansk, and Volgograd Provinces
Dust off your dancin’ shoes. Participants travel by bus or train from Moscow to villages in western Russia to study and learn the traditional folk music and dance of the region. Visitors preserve and record the choreography and music through photography and by taping the ancient tunes in a professional recording studio.
Trip Tip: Bring a popular song or dance move from your part of the world to teach host families.
Luxury Level: Sleeping arrangements are three to four in a room at a local hostel, or in the house of a villager.
Key Cultural Immersion, Voluntourism: EarthWatch Institute; 800/776-0188; earthwatch.org; from $2,749 per person for 12 days, December 1-December 12.