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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
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Former Participants

Victor Chahuneau

Victor Chahuneau.jpgJuly 2006, August 2007
Thank you again for that wonderful camp that was even more passionnating that I expected.

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Robert Topitzer

Rita Marialaki with Bob Topitzer in front of the Opera House.jpgJune 2000, August 2001, June 2002
It was a memorable experience and I want to thank you for the extraordinarily great time we all had. Your staff have a degree of professionalism that ensured all would go well. Without you, Natasha, it wouldn't have happened nor would it have been such a fine experience. As always, your hard work produced a warm and memorable time in the lives of all those who participated, and our appreciation is boundless.
For me, as great and interesting as it was to be in Siberia, the people I met, young and older, were what "made" it for me.

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Geoffrey Richardson

Geoffrey Richardson.JPGJanuary 2003, July-August 2006
Thank you so much for this valuable experience!

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Levi Roberts

10 Christine Benson and Levi Roberts.jpgAugust 2008
I had a wonderful time at the camp. I made friends that I hope will last for a lifetime. Hopefully, I will be able to return to the camp in the future.

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Leonardo DiCecco

Leonardo Di Cecco.jpgAugust 2001

Thank you for giving me this chance to experience all these wonderful things. I never thought I would enjoy nature as much as I did in Borovoie, being a city boy.

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FAQ

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.

Q: I would like to have a single room. Will this be possible?

A: In Russia it is normal for two or three of the same sex to share a room but we may be able to arrange a single room,, if you specially request it, although this may incur extra cost. This will depend on the rooms available at the facility.

Q: Why do volunteer teachers have to pay participation fee?

A: Volunteer teachers do not, in fact, pay to work and the participation fee covers accommodation and ALL meals at the camp. We organise theatre and sightseeing trips and, in the winter, health treatment. This would have to be paid for separately if one came to Russia as tourists or to learn Russian. In return for their teaching our volunteers receive all the benefits mentioned, including Russian lessons and an exciting cultural and social programme. Students who are over eighteen may enrol as volunteer teachers, thus reducing the participation fee. The participation fee is incredible value if you think exactly what our programme has to offer in return.

Q: What kind of teaching materials and supplies to be used in class does the camp have?

A: We do have some teaching materials that can be used: course- books like "Headway", The New Cambridge English Course", etc., other textbooks, some educational video and computer CDs. We also prepare a selection of printouts to be used for each topic of the day which our prospective volunteer teachers are free to use.
In terms of the supplies, we have some basic resources such as paper, card, markers, paints, selotape, scissors, glue, etc. There is a copying machine available. There is also a computer, and teachers will have an opportunity to use it to print out some assignments if necessary. There is also a VCR, CD-players, DVD-player, tape-recorders available.

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