(North American departure for Russia on November 8th)
Gesundheit! Institute Global Outreach is pleased to invite you to join 35th Annual Russia Clown Tour with Patch Adams. This two-week adventure will take you to Moscow and St. Petersburg to clown in hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, and everywhere else we go. No experience required!
This amazing trip is filled with participants from all walks of life. Our clown family will assemble from many corners of the globe, across generations and with all levels of experience to explore and exchange healing, playfulness, love, performance, community, and culture. We are excited that you are considering joining us!
Our arrival is eagerly awaited by a host of Russian friends who love and care for us as family. Many of our local friends and volunteers are connected to the clown tour through Maria’s Children, a Moscow based organization serving orphans and children with special needs through art and advocacy. The Maria’s Children community has been part of the Russia Clown Tour for more than 20 years and is a fundamental part of the tour experience.
The daily itinerary is made by our Russia team. In addition to clowning in different types of institutions, we will have many clowning opportunities on the streets, in restaurants and everywhere we go in Russia. There will be some site seeing and cultural opportunities, some free time, and special dinner parties and events in the evenings. We usually travel everywhere together on a bus, occasionally, however, we will take taxis or travel by metro.
“From personal experience, I know I have to go back to Russia this year! This will be the 35th year of the trip, and every year I look forward to November. My clown character was born there, and where the idea for our clown trips came from. Clowning with our Russian friends gives us hope for a world revolution of love. You will be well cared for in a climate that will nurture your silliness. Please come and discover how joyfully silly you can be! Hear the children squeal with delight as you enter a room!” – Patch Adams, MD
Patch Adams – entered medical school in 1967 to use medicine as a vehicle for social change; promotes and practices living a life of public joy as a revolutionary act; a fount of ideas for avoiding burn-out in long-term social justice and health. Enthusiator.
Sharon “Shar-Shar” Stein – started volunteering in 1996, has traveled to 54 countries…so far. She met Patch 23 years ago, and put her first red nose on and has laughed ever since!
Chris Chanter – known Patch since 1974 when they met whilst traveling in Morocco. They also had the good fortune to visit Russia, at that time. Close friends ever since, Chris finally succumbed to letting her goofball personality put on a red nose and join Patch in clowning.
Tour Package Includes:
Accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels (with a roommate), Meals (except for 1 dinner), Transfer to and from the airport, Transportation by tour bus, Transportation from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and Visa support (letter of invitation and voucher needed to obtain a visa) for $2,400.00*. Also included is a ticket to THE MARIA’S CHILDREN GALA FUNDRAISER in Moscow!
Optional: Additional $1000.00 for a Single room without a roommate.
Tour Package Doesn’t Include: International and Domestic Airfare (about $800-$1200 from the USA), Visa and Visa Processing (about $200 depending on country), and The Russia Tour does not have scholarships available for participation. Please allow 3 months for VISA processing!
Traveling from the USA? Plan to leave on November 8th to arrive in Russia on the 9th.
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