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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

Peter Mitchell

July-August 2004
I like the camp very much. It’s very interesting. Thanks to this trip, I got a lot of friends.

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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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Claire Murrie and Kirsten Telford

kirsten_telford_on_the_left_and_clair_murrie_on_the_right_with_a_student.jpgJune 2007
A big thank-you for all the work that you put into the camp and for a very memorable two weeks! I am missing all the children and all the new friends I made but loved every second of the two week session.

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Clement West

Clement West.JPGAugust 2004
The camp is in nice location and very peaceful. People are very friendly and hospitable.


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Ryan Anderson

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It has been a good time, these kids have all been great and the weather finally started to look up!

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FAQ

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: I am a retired person and wonder if I would fit in.

A: We always welcome older people as well as students and younger people. We find that we have no age barriers at Cosmopolian: everyone gets on so well with everyone and older people have something special to share with our children and students.

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 do not speak any Russian. Will this be a problem?

A: Not at all. Most of our students will speak some English and many are fluent; and it is intended that that classes be conducted in English. Even with absolute beginners it is possible to communicate by means of flash-cards, games and interesting materials. Our Russian teachers are always on hand to help out if you have any difficulty in communication.

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