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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

Janet Sims

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We will never forget the kind hospitality that all of you showed to us.

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Kamila Zubala

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Stella van der Werf

Stella van der Werf and Stephen Beet burying a Time Capsule.jpgJuly 2006
Thank you very much for everything! I really want to come to the camp again in the summer.

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Daniel Soars

Daniel Soars with the Russian teacher in the Railway Museum.jpgJune 2003
I want to thank you for making me so welcome and ensuring that I had the time of my life - I feel so lucky to have met so many wonderful people and had such a fabulous time, and am already looking forward to the next time.
I bet there's not many Englishmen who can claim to have so many brilliant friends in Siberia!

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Janet Dornan

Janet Dornan (on the left) as a policement and Tatiana, a Russian teacher, after the show.jpgJanuary 2009
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.


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FAQ

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: 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: Things to pack (for summer and for winter)

A: In summer it can be quite hot during the day and cool in the evenings. So it's useful to bring sufficient light casual clothes as well as a warm sweater for the evenings. You may also like to bring a change of smarter clothes for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. We often go swimming in the 'sea' in the summer so bring some bathing clothes and a big towel. It's also useful to bring sun cream and an effective spray for the destruction of mosquitoes. It is possible to do hand washing at the facility but we often arrange for a local women to take in washing for a very reasonable charge.
In winter it is obviously necessary to bring a warm coat, scarf and warm hat as well as the usual winter clothing. It can be extremely cold outside and during our excursions (or if outside for long periods) it will be necessary to wear thermal underwear. Of course, our facility is extremely warm and light casual clothes are advised. Please bring a pair of indoor shoes.
Bring your camera, as you will want to take lots of photos!

Q: What kind of health insurance should I have?

A: Many credit card companies provide excellent health insurance, either as a normal service or by arrangement for a small extra charge. It is a visa requirement that Health Insurance be arranged but if your credit card company does not cover this, it is possible to arrange it through your travel agent. Your current policy may well be valid in Russia. However, you should clarify exactly how they work in such situations. In most cases, they do not have any special arrangements overseas, especially in Russia, and you will be asked to pay your medical expenses up-front and then obtain reimbursement from your carrier later.

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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