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Director’s Welcome Message


image004.jpgDEAR FRIENDS,

Thank you for your interest in the Educational Center COSMOPOLITAN and our programs. I am Natalia Bodrova, Director of the Center, and I am happy to introduce you to our company. Whether you are interested in learning Russian or getting the cultural experience, we are dedicated to providing you with the best program options possible.

Our Educational Center offers high quality Russian language and cultural study programs, provides volunteer opportunities, runs summer and winter camps for children and teenagers, organizes tourist programs. We believe that the individual approach and complete language and cultural immersion, that we apply in our school, are the most effective methods of language learning and expanding your knowledge of the local culture. You can expect a warm and friendly atmosphere along with professional service. Our goal is that you have the most enjoyable and worthwhile experience possible during your stay with us.

Siberia has been opening up to the West and offers a range of still unexplored experiences and opportunities. As the cultural, scientific and educational center of Siberia and the third largest city of Russia (after Moscow and St.Petersburg), surrounded by picturesque wooded and field areas, Novosibirsk is an excellent place for immersion in the Russian language and culture, and provides many opportunities to experience the hospitality and cordiality Siberians are famous for.

I am happy to invite you to come to Siberia and get the first-hand experience of our culture. We have attempted to give you as complete a picture of our programs as possible in this website, but if you have additional questions please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Natalia Bodrova,
Director

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Immerse yourself in a Russian community and culture, not simply as a tourist, but as a part of an international team. Join a group of volunteers from different countries, spend 2-8 weeks working at the LINKING THE PLANET International Summer Language Camp, living and having fun together while helping a community, and come home with a reward that lasts longer than an ordinary paycheck! You will have an incredible experience that will open your mind and heart in ways many only dream about. Apply NOW !

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Take advantage of the application deadline extension for the SIBERIAN WONDERLAND Winter Language Camp and apply NOW! With lots of exciting activities to keep you cool outside and just as much entertainment to keep you warmed up inside, you will find that our "SIBERIAN WONDERLAND" Winter Camp is a perfect place to spend your winter break in January of 2010!

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Janet Dornan, Northern Ireland: “Wow!! What an experience!! I keep trying to tell people here, what I was doing, but they cannot get their heads round it. Thank you so much for organising everything for us. Siberian people are so friendly and have fantastic sense of humour.”
Read more about our former volunteers’ experiences.

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A record in the Guinness Book has commemorated Novosibirsk as the fastest growing city in the world for reaching the population of 1,000,000 people quicker than any other. More about Novosibirsk…

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Stephen Beet, a teacher who was head of department in UK schools for many years, currently living in France: “I would like to highly recommend the programmes run by the Educational Centre Cosmopolitan of which Natalia Bodrova is Principal. I have been participating in these programmes for several years as a volunteer teacher. Natalia and her team are highly organised and very caring and run a very happy and purposeful programme. If I can help in any way, do get in touch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Read more about our former volunteers’ experiences.

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Former Participants

Sarig Levin

Sarig Levin (second on the left sitting) in the African Football Teachers' Team.JPGJuly 2003
I really had a great time in Russia,and you people really impress me a lot!

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Melissa Graves

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I continue to think of you year after year and one day I hope to make it to Novosibirsk again. I'd like to visit the camp again and reconnect with you.

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Martina McCarthy

Martina McCarthy.jpgJune-July 2006
For me it was amazing - I learned so much about myself and I'm a different person since the camp experience. It would be my absolute honour to come back to the camp and teach again.

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Kamila Zubala

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Kate Markland

July 2002
It's a very educational event for me, something I'll never forget.

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FAQ

Q: I don’t have any teaching experience. Will this be a problem?

A: Absolutely not! You will be given lots of help and advice about the classes and our English co-ordinator will help you with planning/preparation. Classes are small and informal and our children are all willing and eager to learn.

Q: What do volunteers gain?

A: Volunteers gain more than just job satisfaction from working for the Cosmopolitan program. Though the experience of seeing young people growing and developing as they experience a different culture can be very fulfilling. Volunteering for the Cosmopolitan program gives professionals a chance to use their work skills in the voluntary sector to promote intercultural learning.

But volunteering also offers people a chance to do something new and to gain new skills and experience which may prove to be invaluable later in their own work. Finally, volunteering for the Cosmopolitan program offers volunteers a chance to meet like minded people and to make new friends not only in Russia but around the World.
All volunteers have an excellent opportunity to attend Russian languages classes taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners. No previous knowledge of Russian is required to get enrolled in the Russian course.
We organise an exciting cultural, social and excursion program for international participants of the camp, which is a very enriching experience. You will be involved in interaction with the Russian children, youth and adults all the time. This is the kind of experience you will never get if you come to Russia as a tourist. You will gain a first-hand experience of the Russian culture and life style, and particularly the Siberian one. They say if you want to know what real Russia is like you should come to Siberia.
Siberia has been opening up to the West and offers a range of still unexplored experiences and opportunities. As the cultural, scientific and educational center of Siberia, surrounded by picturesque wooded and field areas, Novosibirsk is an excellent place for immersion in the Russian language and culture, and provides many opportunities to experience the hospitality and cordiality Siberians are famed for.

Q: What currency should I bring?

A: It is not always possible to obtain Rubles outside Russia so you should bring either Euro or US Dollars. These may not be spent in Russia but exchanged for Rubles upon arrival. It is often NOT possible to exchange sterling or travellers cheques. In Novosibirsk there are book ATM machines from which you may use your card to withdraw Rubles. Our team will tell you the best available rates and help you exchange currency at a bank. It is best to avoid changing large amounts at the airport, as the exchange rate is very poor.

Q: What type of visa will I have?

A: As a prospective participant of the Cosmopolitan language camp program, you will enter Russia on an “ordinary humanitarian” visa with the purpose of your visit stated as “cultural relations”. Most visas are single-entry visas. However, upon request we can organize a double-entry visa. No multi-entry visas are available. The maximum time period this type of visa can be valid for is three months.
If you come as a student of our year-round Russian course you will enter Russia on a “student” visa which can be valid for up to one year.

Q: What kind of health insurance should I have?

A: Many credit card companies provide excellent health insurance, either as a normal service or by arrangement for a small extra charge. It is a visa requirement that Health Insurance be arranged but if your credit card company does not cover this, it is possible to arrange it through your travel agent. Your current policy may well be valid in Russia. However, you should clarify exactly how they work in such situations. In most cases, they do not have any special arrangements overseas, especially in Russia, and you will be asked to pay your medical expenses up-front and then obtain reimbursement from your carrier later.

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