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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

David Poon and Angela Gan

David Poon.JPGJuly 2001
Volunteering in your school had been a very enriching experience for us. The children of Siberia were the most enthusiastic and talented individuals we had ever seen.

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Michael Lenartz

12 Bonnie Sumner (in the center), James Bertolini, Michael Lenartz (on the right) at the Mayor's Office in Zelenogorsk.jpgAugust 1999, January 2003

Siberia was more beautiful and intriguing than I had ever imagined, and it was great to see a part of Russia that is not so frequently visited by tourists and not as influenced by the West. I would recommend this program to anyone: you will have a truly wonderful and invigorating experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

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Debra Smurthwhaite

August 2002
I really had a wonderful and memorable time in Novosibirsk. I have met some lovely people and hope to see you all again.

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Rachel Robertson

June-August 2008
I have to say I was a sad to have to leave Russia as I had such a great time during my stay in
Siberia :-)
I'm definitely interested in coming for the first session at least next summer.

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Jamie Snelling

January 2006
The trip was really great, thanks very much. I had a wonderful time, met some great people and had a good experience! If I am welcome, I should like to return to the camp in the future.

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FAQ

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: How are Cosmopolitan programmes unique?

A: We believe that no other organisation offers such a unique and comprehensive programme which provides the opportunity for students and volunteer teachers to experience the real culture of Russia whilst learning Russian. Unlike 'home-stays' our programme is residential and run and organised by professional teachers. Parents may be assured that their children are well cared for and under the proper control, and students assured that they will have a strong support team be in the company of other students of like and similar age and that they will also mix with interesting people of all ages from the world over. Everyone will be involved in our full educational and cultural programme which in itself is unique which is also a unique feature of Cosmopolitan.
No other organisation in Russia organises camps and programmes that brings together students and teachers from all over the world to interact with our Russian children, students and teachers.

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: Things to pack (for summer and for winter)

A: In summer it can be quite hot during the day and cool in the evenings. So it's useful to bring sufficient light casual clothes as well as a warm sweater for the evenings. You may also like to bring a change of smarter clothes for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. We often go swimming in the 'sea' in the summer so bring some bathing clothes and a big towel. It's also useful to bring sun cream and an effective spray for the destruction of mosquitoes. It is possible to do hand washing at the facility but we often arrange for a local women to take in washing for a very reasonable charge.
In winter it is obviously necessary to bring a warm coat, scarf and warm hat as well as the usual winter clothing. It can be extremely cold outside and during our excursions (or if outside for long periods) it will be necessary to wear thermal underwear. Of course, our facility is extremely warm and light casual clothes are advised. Please bring a pair of indoor shoes.
Bring your camera, as you will want to take lots of photos!

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.

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