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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

Rachel Horsley

January 2008, January 2009
I'd like to say thank you very much for your wonderful hospitality and that I take home many very happy memories from my stay in Siberia and that I very much hope to come again next year.

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John Small

August 2002
Greetings! Before coming to Siberia I was embarrassed about how little I knew about the country and people who Americans were so preoccupied with for so many years. What a delight to learn that Russians are warm and big-hearted, passionate and expressive! As an English as a Foreign Language teacher, I was equally delighted with the students of various ages who, in general, listened attentively and were keen to try whatever we teachers asked. The excursions we took to the city were nice as well.

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Edythe Necochea

18 Edythe Necochea and Judith Elliott with Cosmopolitan Director Natalia Bodrova.jpgJune 2000
Wonderful people in Siberia! Very educational program.

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Judith Elliott

18 Edythe Necochea and Judith Elliott with Cosmopolitan Director Natalia Bodrova.jpgJune 2000
I appreciate the time spent at your program. Thank you for the great fun we had !

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George Margesson

George Margesson.jpgAugust 2007
Thank you so much for organizing my stay; I had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed teaching, even though it was my first time! Everyone was very friendly so thank you for making me feel so welcome. It was great to experience Russian life and meet so many people; the children were always so enthusiastic that it was a great pleasure to interact with them. It was also very interesting to start learning some Russian - hopefully I will continue with that!

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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: Why should I come to Novosibirsk?

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: 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.

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