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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

Peter Griffiths and Ben Griffiths, 13 years old

4 Peter Griffiths in a Russian folk costume.jpgJune 2008

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Katie Bann

January 2006
Thank you for everything

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Noelle Doona

July-August 2001
Loads of love to all of you who made this summer so special.

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Peter Mitchell

July-August 2004
I like the camp very much. It’s very interesting. Thanks to this trip, I got a lot of friends.

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Priscilla Kong

Priscilla Kong.jpgAugust 2002
The Siberia trip has given me so many sweet and happy memories. And I miss you guys so much.
Once again, I would like to thank you for bringing all the good memories for me. Without the program, I would not be able to be so close with the Russian kids and making friends with the teachers coming from the different parts of the world. "Thank you!".

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FAQ

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: Things to bring for use in class

A: If you have any favourite textbooks, please bring a sample of these, as we like to share resources. Please also do bring small gifts and souvenirs for the students, as it is a Russian tradition to exchange small gifts. Most of our former international
participants always had some small nice presents for children. These included post cards, pens, markers, small books, badges, small toys, cookies, some souvenirs related to their country, etc. Some small and inexpensive stuff. This is of course optional and is certainly not a must but we just wanted to let you know what have been done in the past. There are always returning teachers at the camp who will be bringing gifts for the children so it has become a tradition already.
On the first day of the session all international participants will do their presentations. It's a presentation of the country/culture as well as a personal presentation for which you can bring some items related to your country and the area you come from such as flags, posters, national symbols, maps, leaflets, picture books, or even some small traditional food items such as sweets, cookies etc., that you can demonstrate to the students of the camp to introduce the students to some aspects of your culture (we also arrange a display of the items which belong to different cultures and we will really appreciate it if you could contribute something about your country and culture and the area you come from). You can bring over a video/music tape or a computer presentation. If you are coming to participate in the winter camp it is always recommended to bring some items related to Christmas and Christmas traditions in your country.
As far as the teaching materials are concerned, each teacher is free to choose and bring over the materials he/she considers to be appropriate and informative for each topic. These can be course-books, textbooks, exercise-books, grammar exercises, magazine and newspaper articles, video, educational and music tapes, questionaries for discussion, quizzes, role-plays, fun games and activities, etc., all related to the theme of the day. Daily themes will be sent to each prospective volunteer teacher at least two months prior to the starting date of the session.
It is useful to bring glue, scotch tape, coloured pencils and pens for use in class. Some teachers like to bring their notebook computer in order to give presentations, it is recommended but not necessary.

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: 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: 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.

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