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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

Phil Hopkins

Phil Hopkins.JPGJanuary 2007, January 2008
I have so many fond memories of the camp and of you all. I have not given up my ambition of spending a good few months in Russia really getting to grips with the language so I know we will all meet again.
Phil Hopkins wearing a Russian fur hat.jpg

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James Bertolini

12 Bonnie Sumner (in the center), James Bertolini, Michael Lenartz (on the right) at the Mayor's Office in Zelenogorsk.jpgAugust 1999
I think that the Summer Language School is a wonderful project. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to doing it again and seeing everyone next year.
May the Summer Language School continue to offer outstanding programs to its students. May it continue to invite teachers from other countries to participate in this wonderful program.

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Bodo Nдf and Imhof Beat

Imhof Beat (in the center sitting) and other teachers.jpgJuly 2003
Thank you for inviting us to this program. We had a wonderful time and a very educational experience.

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Clement West

Clement West.JPGAugust 2004
The camp is in nice location and very peaceful. People are very friendly and hospitable.


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Suzy Graves

June-July 2008
Thank you very much for the fun times that I had on camp. I really enjoyed myself and made some great friends.

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FAQ

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: I do not speak any Russian. Will this be a problem?

A: Not at all. Most of our students will speak some English and many are fluent; and it is intended that that classes be conducted in English. Even with absolute beginners it is possible to communicate by means of flash-cards, games and interesting materials. Our Russian teachers are always on hand to help out if you have any difficulty in communication.

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: Why should I come to Novosibirsk?

Q: I am a vegetarian. Will this be catered for?

A: In Russia far fewer people are vegetarians or need special diets. Whilst we will do all we can to accommodate your needs we cannot guarantee a strict vegetarian diet. Please feel free to discuss this fully with us as soon as possible. If it is a matter of just avoiding certain foods, this can often be arranged, but most food in Russia is cooked using meat stock or has some meat content.

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