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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!


Natalia Bodrova,

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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 !


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!


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.


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…


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

Christian Richter

Christian Richter.jpgJuly 2003
Now that I am back it becomes ever clearer what an excellent experience it was! Thank you so much for this great time in Siberia!

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Luis Melendez

32 Luis Melendez with Director Natalia Bodrova and Head of Studies Olga Koval.jpgJune-July 2005
I want to thank you for such an amazing experience.

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Spencer Thompson

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Thank you for everything. Cosmopolitan school was an experience that I will not soon forget. It was a unique and fun thing to be able to do, and I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of it.

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Sherlene Lau

Sherlene Lau and the Snow Matryoshka Doll.JPGJanuary 2007
Thank you for giving me an experience that I shall never forget.

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Levi Roberts

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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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Q: How do I organise my Visa?

A: Once you have received your official Invitation from Educational Centre “Cosmopolitan” to attend you will need to apply for a visa at your country’s Russian Consulate. It is possible to do this through a Travel Agent. In the UK we recommend Intourist or Real Russia who are experts at arranging Visas and travel documents for our participants. Contact Alla at Real Russia This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it who will be glad to help. Please note that the official Invitation is NOT the visa itself and it must be submitted to the Russian Consulate for the Visa to be stamped in your passport.

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.

Q: I’ve never been to Russia before. Will someone meet me at the airport/station and take me to th

A: Of course! We always meet teachers and students and see that they are looked after. Usually several people are arriving together but whatever time you arrive be assured that someone will be there to meet you. One of our Russian teachers will be assigned special care of our foreign teachers/students and she and Stephen Beet will always be available if you have any problems.

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.

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