For many years our Educational Center “Cosmopolitan” has run highly successful and unique educational and cultural programs in delightful countryside outside Novosibirsk. At the Summer Camps from June through to August children and students from all over Siberia are brought together to study English and other languages under the guidance of both Russian and volunteer teachers from all over the world, and international students from all the different countries join the program to learn the Russian language and get exciting first-hand cultural experiences.
For the past few years volunteer teachers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Fiji, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States of America, as well as university students and school children from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Greece and Switzerland have participated in our programs. It is a fact that many students and teachers return to our programs year after year as testament to the success of the program.
In the summer we run 'LINKING THE PLANET' International Summer Language Camp. It is an educational multi-cultural program that our Educational Centre "Cosmopolitan" runs in a picturesque wooded area outside of the city of Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia, in four consecutive two-week sessions, with participation of local Russian children, youth and adults, and volunteer teachers and international students from around the globe.
The DATES of the four sessions of the summer camp are as follows:
Session 1 (the ALTAI session) - June 17th until June 30th
Session 2 - July 5th until July 18th
Session 3 (the ALTAI session) - July 26th until August 8th
Prospective participants choose themselves which session(s) they want to attend. There is no limit of number of sessions attended. Participation in two and more sessions will certainly give you more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, enjoy a larger excursion, cultural and socializing program.
'LINKING THE PLANET' is a general conceptual theme for the summer camp. Each day of the program is thoroughly planned and has its own topic. The summer camp program combines language instruction (English, German, French, and other languages, for local Russian students, and RUSSIAN for overseas students and volunteer teachers) with organized activities (arts and crafts projects, workshops, music and drama, games and contests, art and drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows, sports and outdoor activities, excursions).
The program is a great chance for international participants to learn the Russian language and get a first-hand experience of the Russian culture. It provides the unique cultural opportunity of daily interaction with the Russian children, youth and adults. The RUSSIAN COURSE is organized for overseas students and volunteer teachers and includes language studies as well as learning about the Russian culture, history and society.
We are looking for native speakers of English, German, French, Spanish and other languages, who would like to be VOLUNTEER TEACHERS of their language and/or VOLUNTEER CREATIVITY WORKSHOP COORDINATORS at our summer language camp. No previous teaching experience is required. University students are eligible to apply as volunteer teachers/creativity workshop coordinators. Teaching at the camp can also be considered as an
INTERNSHIP with all necessary paperwork and an on-site internship supervision provided. We are looking for people who are energetic, enthusiastic, open-minded, sociable, enjoy camp experiences, are willing to share their knowledge and culture.
We also seek people worldwide who are interested in the Russian language and culture (middle school through university STUDENTS, and ADULTS) and would like to participate in our Summer Language Camp as INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS of the Russian course.
International students of the Russian course have 5 Russian language classes daily, except excursion days, in the morning. In the afternoon the students can choose to attend a Creativity Workshop, which is related to some aspect
of the Russian culture and arts and involves some creative activity (dancing, singing, acting, drawing, arts and crafts, poetry, etc.), or participate in the "Live and Learn" Intercultural Conversational Russian Sessions, which take place outside of the classroom.
Volunteer teachers attend 3 Russian classes per day, except excursion days. 40-minute Russian classes are scheduled from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., in groups according to the teachers' levels of Russian.
A typical day at the camp is scheduled as follows:
9:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Classes (English/French/German/Russian language studies): 5
lessons 35 minutes each with 5-minute breaks
1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. Creativity Workshops
3:30 p.m. Sports/Outdoor Activities
4:00 p.m. Snack
4:30 p.m. Russian classes for volunteer teachers (3 lessons 40 minutes each)
Activities for students
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Entertaining evening activity (show/performance/contest/party,
9:30 p.m. Disco.
The camp lives a full cultural and social life. Every evening we have various entertaining competitions, shows, performances, presentations, parties, discos, etc. within the Camp theme and the daily program. Social outings (traditional Russian sauna - banya, barbecue, socializing and meetings in local communities, etc.) are scheduled for international participants being an extraordinarily enriching experience. For the sessions that are held in the Altai Mountains many exciting tourist activities are included into the programme, such as rafting, horseback riding, hiking, camping and excursions. For the session held near Novosibirsk a sightseeing programme in the administrative capital of Siberia is included into the internship programme.
On completion of the session, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized.
VOLUNTEER TEACHERS' and INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' RESPONSIBILITES:
- Roundtrip airfare to Novosibirsk.
- Obtaining the Russian visa and visa fees.
- Participation fee, which covers accommodation, meals, local transportation, exciting cultural program, excursions, etc.
PROGRAM FEATURES :
- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a recreational center facility which is situated in a picturesque area outside of Novosibirsk or in the Altai Mountains area, and provides rooms, classrooms, recreational facilities.
- 5 classes of Russian daily for international students, 3 classes of Russian daily for volunteer teachers, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners.
- Exciting cultural and recreational program: contests and competitions, shows, performances, disco, etc.
- Sports and outdoor activities.
- Excursion program: a guided tour of the largest Siberian city of Novosibirsk.
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk.
- Visa support (letter of invitation and registration upon arrival).
Airfare, visa fee, medical insurance, pocket money are not included in the participation fee and should also be paid by international participants. Of course we realize that this program involves large financial investments of the foreign participants in terms of the airfare and the participation fee with no compensation on our end. You should understand that this is a non-profit self-supported project, and the participation fee goes to cover the expenses on accommodation, meals, excursions, local transportation, tuition, cultural program, etc. for our international participants. It's still considerably less expensive than a regular tour with a travel agency would cost, but provides much more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, share professional knowledge and moral values, etc.
We highly appreciate the valuable contribution to our program that all our international participants make. We always make sure that everyone is fully satisfied and pleased with the visit. Our goal is that you have the most
enjoyable and worthwhile experience possible during your stay with us.