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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

Laura Burley

July 2008
I just wanted to say thank you so much for having me at Cosmopolitan, I had a lovely time, all the children were a pleasure to teach and helped to make my first (but hopefully not last!) visit to Russia a wonderful experience. Hopefully I will see you all again, maybe next year.

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Henry and Susan Marchands

Henry and Susan Marchands(in the center) singing Borovoe song with their students.JPGJune 2001
We do talk quite often about our Siberian experience and hope to be able to renew it.

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David Ventura

July-August 2002
Thank you for your great hospitality!

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Martina McCarthy

Martina McCarthy.jpgJune-July 2006
For me it was amazing - I learned so much about myself and I'm a different person since the camp experience. It would be my absolute honour to come back to the camp and teach again.

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Harry Banks and a group of students

17 Harry Banks and a group of American students.jpgAugust 2001
We'd all like to thank you very very much for making our stay so comfortable. We would all like you to know that we appreciate your hospitality while we were in a foreign country. We all met lots of wonderful people and learned lots of Russian.
It was a wonderful, unforgettable experience for all of us.


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FAQ

Q: Why should I come to Novosibirsk?

Q: Is it possible to be put in touch with other teachers and students who are planning to attend

A: Yes, as soon as we have details of the International participants we shall be glad to put them in touch with you.

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: 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: I am a vegetarian. Will this be catered for?

A: In Russia far fewer people are vegetarians or need special diets. Whilst we will do all we can to accommodate your needs we cannot guarantee a strict vegetarian diet. Please feel free to discuss this fully with us as soon as possible. If it is a matter of just avoiding certain foods, this can often be arranged, but most food in Russia is cooked using meat stock or has some meat content.

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