By Mark Ambrogi
A group of Carmel-based International Talent Academy students will get a genuine international experience this summer.
A group of 10 ITA students, ages 8 to 13, will participate in the ARTEK International Children’s Center in Russia from July 14 to Aug. 3. Nine of the children representing ITA are from Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville, ITA founder and executive director Tatyana Komarova said.
There will be 3,500 children from 35 countries in the camp, where food, lodging and activities are sponsored by the Russian government.
“We will be the only representatives from the United States,” Komarova said.
Komarova, who moved from Russia to the U.S. 20 years ago, will be accompanying the group.
“It’s a year-round camp in Russia,” Komarova said. “Kids should have some achievements to get awarded to go there, in performing arts, sports or leadership. I have several kids who have talents in music and theater.”
The camp theme is The Earth is Our Home.
“The goal is to have kids from all over the world and have international relationships going on,” Komarova said. “Our students had to write for an essay contest called Friendship Has No Borders.”
Komarova said there will be a lot of different activities. There will be a national day where each country will do presentations. Komarova said students will be interviewed by international journalists and contribute to various peace-making projects.
Komarova went to a similar camp in Russia when she was 12.
“All kids are dreaming about going to this camp,” she said. “The camp is like a five-star resort. There are sports complexes and art complexes. They have their own TV and their own newspaper. It’s like a little city for kids. All these kids want to be there and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s a real valuable experience, especially meeting international friends. They’re going to talk about how kids live in different counties. They’re going compare everything they do, their activities and their cultures. Our kids need to know how other kids live.”