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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

Michael D’Entremount

15_michael_dentremount.jpgJune-July 2001

I had the best time of my life at the summer language school. Teaching was fun because the students were so eager to learn, and the afternoon projects were interesting because we could choose our own activity and be creative. When I meet Russian people now, I am able to use the Russian I learned at the school. Our groups of teachers really bonded. We got to know each other well and we all supported one another. Everybody at the school was warm and friendly. The director, Natasha, helped us out in every way. After 6 weeks, it was very hard to say goodbye. I will definitely go back.

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Keith Moon and Peter Moon, 11 years old

33 Keith Moon with his son Peter.jpgJune 2006

Keith: "It was a new and exciting experience in this lovely location."
Peter: "It’s been great! The people and surroundings have been lovely and swimming was good too! I’ll miss you all! I’ll be back!"

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Neesh Chand

July 2005
I had a wonderful time in Siberia - it was an unforgettable experience. Thank you so much for
everything. I hope to be back again sometime.

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Spencer Thompson

8_spencer_thompson_and_his_elephant.jpgJanuary 2008
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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Katy Ellerton

Katy Ellerton, a student of the Russian course.jpgJuly 2006
I had a great time at camp and miss it lots, hopefully I'll be able to come back as a volunteer teacher sometime.

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FAQ

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 does it mean to "register" my visa?

A: The visa you receive initially is your permission to enter Russia. Once you arrive, you have 72 hours during which to register the visa. Registration is a process that affects all travelers in Russia. If you come on the visa issued with our invitation, this registration process is done by Educational Center “Cosmopolitan”. However, if your visa was received on an invitation from any other organization, you will be responsible for registering your visa upon arrival. We may be able to help you in registering your visa if this case has been discussed prior to your arrival.

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 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 do I organise my travel arrangements?

A: There are several interesting and exciting ways of getting to Novosibirsk and it is easier than you think. From the USA, Canada, the UK and many European countries there are direct Aeroflot and Transaero flights at very reasonable cost to Moscow where you will connect with a direct flight to Novosibirsk where you will be met by our team.

Please visit the websites of Transaero airlines and Aeroflot for more information on the flights.

TRAIN: Travelling by train is an exciting adventure and an opportunity to meet many people. A twice-weekly wagon from Paris reaches Moscow in two days (you will need an additional Belaruski Transit Visa for this journey) and costs about the same as a flight. Frequent trains leave Moscow for Novosibirsk on the trans-Siberian route. Many of out participants like to take the train if they can spare the time. These journeys often cost less than a return flight.

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