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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

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson.JPGJanuary 2007
Thank you so much for such a wonderful time and you and your family's as well as all the other staff's hospitality to us students and teachers. It really has opened my eyes up to Russian culture and traditions and I plan to try some of them in England! I only wish England was as proud of its traditions as you Russians seem to be of yours!
Anyway I would definitely like to come back - probably in summer next year and as a teacher.
So, thanks again for all your hard dedicated work to making this camp a success and hope we meet again soon!

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Bodo Nдf and Imhof Beat

Imhof Beat (in the center sitting) and other teachers.jpgJuly 2003
Thank you for inviting us to this program. We had a wonderful time and a very educational experience.

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Stephen Beet

Stephen Beet.JPGJuly 2004, June-July 2006, January 2007, June-August 2007, January 2008, June-August 2008, January 2009
I would like to recommend the programme 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. I was a teacher and head of department in UK schools for many years but now I live and work in France.
I do not have any official connection with the programme but I have been so impressed that I have returned for several years in order to participate and to improve my Russian skills.

For many years Cosmopolitan has run highly successful and unique educational and cultural programmes in delightful countryside just outside Novosibirsk. At the Summer Camps from June through to August and at the 'Winter Wonderland' Season, children and students from all over Siberia are brought together to study English and other languages under the guidance of both Russia and volunteer teachers from all over the world. I don't think another such programme exists in Russia and provides opportunity for students and volunteer teachers to experience the real culture of Russia whilst learning Russian.

I can greatly recommend the programme. They attract students and volunteer teachers from all over the world and they all enjoy it and often return for more! Ages of the international students range from about eleven years upwards and many are University Students in their late teens. Others are older professional people who are wanting to improve their Russian skills and/or participate in the cultural programme offered. The fact that so may return year after year to this programme is a recommendation in itself.

Personally I can highly recommend the organisation. 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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Peter Griffiths and Ben Griffiths, 13 years old

4 Peter Griffiths in a Russian folk costume.jpgJune 2008

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Takeshi Odaira

August 2005
Thank you again for your kindness at the camp.

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FAQ

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: 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: 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: 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: 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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