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.
A few words about me: My name is Irina, I’m 37 years old. I have been living in Kandalaksha for 15 years. I was born in Monchegorsk, not far (just over 100 km) from Kandalaksha. I work together with my Mom in our shop, where we make Russian traditional dresses and gold embroidery. Our shop is concidered to be one of Kandalaksha’s attractions. Although I don’t have a car I know people who have a vehicle and can give us a ride.
Write me to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +7 911 3050721.
I will be happy to talk to you on Skype too: brad_crawford179
I look forward to welcoming you in Kandalaksha
And Irina is not the only one. Off the top of my head I can think of two more, ready to offer “couch in the living room” accommodation to any talkative English-speaking traveller. With just a bit of luck it won’t cost you anything to stay in Kandalaksha, and you’ll get an instant friend and a free guide.
Write direct to Irina or to me to email@example.com.