Kids Studying Eurasian Nomads takes teenagers into Eurasia to learn about the indigenous nomadic peoples living there. By living the life of the nomads for 2-3 weeks each summer, kids with KSEN learn first hand who these people are and how they live.


KSEN (Kids Studying Eurasian Nomads) was established in 1998 as a subsidiary of the Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads (CSEN). This parent organization is a not-for-profit educational organization, which promotes ethnographic and archaeological research on nomadic cultures who live (or lived) in the vast steppe lands of Eurasia. Since 1989, CSEN has sponsored ethnographic work and archaeological excavations in Eurasia, and provides a venue for publication of popular and scholarly materials.


It is KSEN's threefold mission to: (1) bring teenagers to Eurasia to gather multimedia data about the indigenous nomadic peoples living there; (2) visit schools in the US to teach kids about the Eurasian cultures researched; (3) disseminate the information gathered through websites, magazines, children's books, documentaries, and museum exhibitions.


It is KSEN's desire that the children who participate in our program will: (1) gain new skills in the areas of anthropology, journalism, and technology; (2) create friendships with: professionals who can offer future guidance, other young Americans from various backgrounds, and people from extremely different cultures; (3) gain self-confidence by having a leadership role in educating kids about the world's nomads; (4) receive opportunities to publish work in children's magazines, on websites, and to exhibit in museums.