Here is a letter from one of them:
In exchange, I can be your guide in Kandalaksha.
I can meet you at the train station, help you check into a hotel, recommend a place to eat, suggest places to visit, take you there, keep you from getting lost, and in every other way make you stay in Kandalaksha pleasant and comfortable. All totally free if you speak English to me and encourage me to do the same.
If you happen to be in Murmansk in the beginning of October, while the city is celebrating 100 years since its founding in 1916, there is no shortage of things to see. Many of them can be enjoyed without any knowledge of Russian. Here is the summary of main events to keep you entertained:
This is one of the easiest yet most interesting routes around the Kola Peninsula. You can do that alone or by hiring Uncle Pasha as your driver, guide, and translator.
Below are travel notes from the first two days on the road. These are useful (facts) and useless (beautiful sights). more >>
Free guide/accommodation: kandalaksha.su/free-accommodation-and-local-guidance-in-exchange-for-english-practice/
Free guide: kandalaksha.su/free-guide-in-kandalaksha/
What’s the catch? It’s in exchange for intensive English conversation practice. So you need to be very fluent in English, talkative, and outgoing. A couple of hours of work per day will get you a roof over your head without a need to pay for it, plus involvement in local life.
This will be the second event of the sort, organized by LavkaLavka Farmers’ Coop, this time also supported by the Murmansk Region government. During the event local food will be presented, as well as touristic opportunities in the Kola Peninsula. A special program for children is said to be planned too. The ultimate aim of the event is to get the community pull itself out of the situation of an economic and social disaster by turning towards taking part in the tourism industry. Festival’s VK page >>
Foreigners, from what I see, ARE allowed in Teriberka without having to go through any permit-obtaining rituals. But feel free to ask me to double check on that subject should you seriously consider that destination.
Related: Community events along the Ter (south) coast of the peninsula.