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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

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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Ryan Anderson

24 Ryan Anderson.JPGJuly 2004
It has been a good time, these kids have all been great and the weather finally started to look up!

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Lynda Koopman

39_lynda_koopman_on_the_right__standing.jpgJune-July 2000
I certainly miss you all. Would love to come back. :-)

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Simon Bucknall (June 2005, August 2008) and Maureen Ramsay(June 2005)

from left to right - Sully (Richard O'Sullivan), Simon Bucknall, Jenny Wiliams, Maureen Ramsay .jpgWhat did I like about my stay at the school?

a) the friendliness of the Russian people – staff, teachers and children. Most of all this is what I will remember and treasure about visiting Russia and is why I want to go back again.

b) the good company and the mix of the foreign students and teachers. I was surprised that such a random selection of people of different ages and backgrounds could fit together so well but perhaps that was due to the good atmosphere in the school.

c) the Russian lessons . Both Yelena and Yevgeny in their different ways helped me greatly to improve my Russian but after two weeks I felt that with just a bit longer I might be begin achieve some fluency so I will keep persevering!

d) the rural location by the Ob sea. This was a side of Russia that I had not experienced before and together with the good weather made for an enjoyable and interesting holiday.

e) Novosibirsk – it seemed to be a very vibrant city. I very much enjoyed our excursion on the day of the town festival, particularly the folk singing and dancing, and was sorry that we were not able to spend more time there. Hopefully there will be other opportunities in the future.

I would like to thank you very much for the stay at your camp which I enjoyed very much. The eclipse of course was great but so were the children and teachers, both Russian and foreign, all of whom were very friendly, great fun and made me feel very welcome. Hopefully one day I will be able to return to Novosibirsk and visit the camp again.

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Jackie Brown and Priya Pattni

jackie_brown_third_from_right_standing_and_priya_pattni_second_from_right_standing_with_the_teachers_of_the_second_session_of_the_summer_camp_2000.jpgJuly 2000
Russia has been a great experience for us. We have had a wonderful time here. It has been great and we hope to come back.

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FAQ

Q: Is there anyone whom I can speak to/e-mail who has attended previous camps?

A: Yes, of course! Many of our volunteer teacher and students return year after year and are always glad to give recommendations of our programme. In particular, Stephen Beet, who attends regularly and helps to coordinate the volunteer teachers, is always willing to help in any way. He is able to provide e-mail addresses of teachers and students who would be glad to help. Stephen’s e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
To receive a list of contacts for some other former participants please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
You can also click here to see what our former participants have to say about the Cosmopolitan programs.

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: What kind of weather should I expect?

A: Summers are typically very nice, with warm, long days (sunrise at 5am and sunset after 10pm). Temperatures in summer range from 20 °C to 25 °C (75 °F); in winter -10 °C to -20 °C (0 °F), but can reach from -30 °C to -35 °C in winter and from +30°C to +35 °C in summer. Most of the time the weather is sunny, with an average of 2880 hours of sunshine per year.
In early summer the weather is quite warm but there may be some rainy days and in August it can get quite cool in the evening. Throughout late June and July, the temperature increases, so you will need to bring a sun hat and sun protection if you need it. Most people find the climate very agreeable.
In winter, even if the temperature is as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius, it is not a problem if you prepare carefully and bring the appropriate clothes. The atmosphere is not damp so it is certainly more agreeable than spending a cold, damp winter in the UK. The winter camp facility is very warm.

Q: Why should I come to Novosibirsk?

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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