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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

Megan Whittaker

July 2008
Thank you so much for the wonderful experience, I will never forget the time I spent in Siberia!

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Tony Cater

Tony Cater (third on the right sitting) in the African Football Teachers' Team.JPGJuly 2003
Thank you so much for your hospitality!
The best thing about Siberia is that it is full of warm, friendly Russians.

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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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David Ventura

July-August 2002
Thank you for your great hospitality!

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Judith Elliott

18 Edythe Necochea and Judith Elliott with Cosmopolitan Director Natalia Bodrova.jpgJune 2000
I appreciate the time spent at your program. Thank you for the great fun we had !

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FAQ

Q: What kind of teaching materials and supplies to be used in class does the camp have?

A: We do have some teaching materials that can be used: course- books like "Headway", The New Cambridge English Course", etc., other textbooks, some educational video and computer CDs. We also prepare a selection of printouts to be used for each topic of the day which our prospective volunteer teachers are free to use.
In terms of the supplies, we have some basic resources such as paper, card, markers, paints, selotape, scissors, glue, etc. There is a copying machine available. There is also a computer, and teachers will have an opportunity to use it to print out some assignments if necessary. There is also a VCR, CD-players, DVD-player, tape-recorders available.

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’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.

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.

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.

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