Even though you won’t find an English speaker at every corner in Belarus, locals are honestly trying to improve their language skills as much as they can. Especially if practicing foreign language combines having a good time in a nice company and meeting new people.
If you’ve become desperate in finding English-speaking friends in Minsk or just got bored, check out this list of activities in foreign languages to spend time with more fun.
Pastimes in English
1. Meet English speaking locals and other travelers who have chosen Belarus as their travel destination at regular Coachsurfing events.
For example, Weekly CS meetings take place in a different bar or cafe in Minsk each time – so you can also discover some nice new spots in the capital! When the weather allows, enjoy some outdoor activities. Play Frisbee, visit an outdoor yoga class in English or have a wonderful kayak trip – activities are always changing so you should keep an eye on updates.
In the restaurant Lido on Monday evenings Minsk English Conversation Club is held for those to enjoy a good conversation in English and delicious local food at the same time.
Kill two birds with one stone – learn to argue and make new friends with locals! All activities are non-commercial projects with free entrance.
3. Komnata 3/0/2 is a space where many free cultural and educational events are held. On Thursdays you can join there regular MovieNights.
Pastimes in Spanish
2. If you’ve always wanted to practice or teach social dances, go straight to the bar Macho that holds workshops in salsa, reggaeton, samba, kizomba and bachata and also big Latino parties with delicious Mexican food and drinks every Friday and at weekends.
Pastimes in German
Institute of Goethe in Minsk suggests many entertaining events, from watching movies, workshops and seminars to concerts and youth summer camps.
For example, Institute of Goethe held a series of workshops for independent and small publishers from Belarus and Ukraine.
Pastimes in Chinese
1. Confucius Institute not only treats its guests with awesome Chinese tea at traditional tea ceremonies but also tells a lot about Chinese culture – food, customs, traditions, clothes and arts.
2. Club of Chinese culture Zsan Zse also enjoys making tea ceremonies. Apart from that, it frequently organizes outdoor activities such as boating, trips to cultural places of Belarus outside Minsk.
3. You can check Chinese Cultural Centre for events connected with Chinese culture or just visit them to play traditional Chinese chess Xiangqi.
Pastimes in Scandinavian
Center for Swedish studies offers a special kind of fitness that combines pilates and yoga, coffee meetings with its foreign guests and plenty of other events dedicated to Nordic culture and way of life. Check also their FB page for more info.
In Pushkin Library the Department of Foreign Literature has many educational, entertaining and social events to offer. To attend them you have to be a member of the library so for the registration take a passport and 2 BR (1 €) with you.