Margaret Erickson

June – July 2010, June – July – August 2011

This being my second time in Cosmopolitan I was not surprised by the warmth and kindness of the campers. The children were wonderful in both their lessons and their projects. They were very patient and I am thankful.

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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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Read more about our former volunteers’ experiences.

Novosibirsk

center_of_russia_chapel.jpgWith a population of 1.5 million, Novosibirsk (pronounced nO-vo-see-bEErsk) is the third largest city of Russia (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) and the main city of Siberia. Established in 1893 as the future site of a railroad bridge to cross the great Siberian river Ob while constructing the famous Trans-Siberian Railroad in 1890s - 1900s, it officially became a town in 1903.

From 1893 until 1925, Novosibirsk was called Novonikolayevsk. The original name refers to Nicolas II (Nikolay II Alexandrovich Romanov), the last Emperor and Sovereign of Russia the Great, the Little and the White, the Grand Duke of Finland, the Tsar of Poland, etc. With the beginning of the Soviet history the city got a new name of Novosibirsk ("New Siberia") in 1925.

Novosibirsk has become the chief industrial, business, cultural and academic center of Siberia. It ranks first in the world in the city growth rate. In 1962 Novosibirsk reached a population of one million. At that time it was the youngest city in the world with over a million people. It took Novosibirsk less than 70 years to achieve that milestone, it was even faster than Chicago's growth rate during those times. 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.

Novosibirsk is the capital of the Siberian Federal District and the seat of the President’s Plenipotentiary.

Manufacturing includes mining equipment, turbines, textiles, chemicals, heavy machine tools, metallurgy production. The city is considered to be the business capital of Siberia, so the largest Siberian banks and the Siberian Stock and Commodity Exchanges are situated here.

 Novosibirsk is one of the cultural centres of Russia. The cultural portrait of Novosibirsk is multifarious - architecture and painting, music and theatre, high classics and folklore - all the_opera_house.jpgkinds of culture and arts have got the new development here. Novosibirsk boasts opera and ballet companies, philharmonic society and music conservatory, several theaters, museums, and art galleries, and numerous sports facilities.

The Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Novosibirsk, one of the most impressive in Russia, was built during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 and the grand opening took place on May 9, 1945, Victory Day. The Opera and Ballet Theatre, which is often called the Bolshoy Theatre of Siberia, has become the architectural symbol of Novosibirsk - one of the most remarkable buildings in the city. Not only the building is unique, but the troupe of the theatre is outstanding. The brilliant Siberian Ballet and the wonderful Opera companies are known throughout the world.

Each of the 8 city theatres is of high professionalism, has originality and all of them have got their own admires ( Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre "Krasny fakel", the Youth Theatre Globe, the Theate of music,songs and dance "Chaldony", Russian House of Folk Traditions and others).

regional_studies_museum.jpgThe Novosibirsk Philharmonic Society is among the best in Russia and in general, according to foreign critics, and it has come to represent the culture of Siberia. The Novosibirsk Philharmonic Society is unique as it is the only one in Russia that has 13 highly professional music groups including The Academic Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Chorus, The Chamber Music Orchestra and others. The Novosibirsk Music Conservatory’s particular pride is its violin school that has prepared a number of world-class violinists. Novosibirsk is famous for its jazz and folk groups as well.

Novosibirsk Regional Studies Museum, being one of the major museums of Siberia, has a unique collection, which illustrates 150,000 years of Siberian history, and describes the nature, native culture and population from the Paleolithic Period to the modern era. Museum also organizes archaeological and anthropological expeditions and runs educational programmes including lectures and seminars, meetings with famous scientists, folk-festivals, etc.

a_wooden_house.jpgThe city of Novosibirsk is proud of the largest in Siberia Picture Gallery. Its exposition includes more than 6 000 works of art of famous Russian and foreign painters. A real pearl of the exhibition is the collection of N.Rerikh' s pictures, which was presented to the city by the artist's son. The Gallery is also well known for a collection of icons of Moscow and Siberian school.

Novosibirsk is also a scientific and educational center of Siberia, being home of one of Russia's best universities, a large number of institutes and scientific research centers. The Akademgorodok created in Novosibirsk in 1950s was the first in Russia large center of science, established far from Moscow or Leningrad (St.Petersburg) by a group of prominent scientists (Lavrentyev, S. L. Sobolev, S. A. Khristianovich and others). They attracted gifted researchers from the country's western regions to the development of Siberian science.

Today Akademgorodok is the seat for the Siberian Branches of the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation, with a unique complex of scientific and research institutes, Academy of Agriculture and Academy of Medicine. Researches and investigations in the field of alexander_nevsky_cathedral.jpgmathematics and nuclear physics, chemistry and genetics, biology and geology, ecology and philosophy, applied mechanics and hydrodynamics are conducted in the scientific and research institutes of Akademgorodok. You will also have a chance to see the rich collection of the mineralogical museum and visit the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, where ancient Siberian stone statues are exhibited.

Novosibirsk is the third city in Russia (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) where a subway system was established. The Novosibirsk Metro (subway), opened in 1985, now has two lines and is clean, safe and nicely decorated.

Novosibirsk is famous for its sports. Sibir ice hockey team of Novosibirsk plays in the Kontinental Hockey Leauge. Sibir Novosibirsk football team plays in the Russian First Division. There are two basketball teams that play in the Men’s and the Women’s Russian Basketball Super League. Novosibirsk has numerous sports facilities.

The Zoo of Novosibirsk is a world renowned zoo and a popular tourist attraction to the city. voznesensky_cathedral.jpgThe zoo has over 4000 species of animals, and actively participates in thirty-two different societies for preserving endangered species. On average, around 700,000 people visit the zoo each year.

There are a lot of nice restaurants and cafes in Novosibirsk, which offer excellent traditional Russian food as well as delicious European, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican and other cuisine.

The traditional hospitality of Siberians is well matched by the weather which is a welcome surprise to many visitors. Winters are cold but sunny; summers are short but warm and pleasant.

Novosibirsk is an interesting mix of a big city and provincial town. The monumental central avenue (with Stalinist buildings), squared functionally planned streets, famous University, large railway station, and village-like suburbs, helpful people and reasonable prices – all in one city.

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, 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 famed for.

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Internships

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Have you always wanted to add some meaning to an overseas adventure?
Do you want a new, challenging experience?
Do you like to meet people from other countries and get your energy from working towards a goal as part of a team?
Are you willing to gain experience, improve communication abilities, and develop skills that will help in your future employment?
Have you ever daydreamed about gaining insight into the Russian culture and life in a way no traveler could?

If ‘yes’ is the answer, then our internship opportunities is the best way for you to gain first-hand working experience in Russia in a real-life environment. You will gain valuable practical experience, proven ability, and contacts that you can use to get a job. While nobody can guarantee you a job, an internship is an excellent way for you to get a head start on your competition.

Check on our summer internships, winter internships and year-round internships.

Year-Round Volunteer Positions

Immerse yourself in a new culture, not simply as a tourist, but as a part of the community. We offer a unique and affordable opportunity to live and work in the fascinating country of Russia and to gain insight into the life and culture in a way no traveler could. Volunteer to help the community and come home with a reward that lasts longer than an ordinary paycheck!

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- Teacher (English, French, German and other languages, computers and other subjects);
- Volunteer position in the field of your specialization

PROGRAMME DATES
All year round.
You can arrive and take the placement at any time convenient for you, and stay for as long as you wish.
A longer stay will certainly give you more opportunities to develop skills, experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, enjoy a larger excursion, cultural and socializing program.

LOCATION
Volunteer placements are in the city of Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia. 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 famed for.

ELIGIBILITY
Our Volunteer opportunities are designed to include people of diverse backgrounds so there are few requirements for participation. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. No maximum age restrictions, senior citizens are always welcome.

- TEACHERS of English, French, German and other languages and subjects;
- SPECIALISTS in other fields such as computing, business, journalism, environment, music, arts, drama, etc.;
- UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.

SKILLS
No previous experience is necessary. The most important qualifications are: energetic, enthusiastic, self-motivated, open-minded, flexible, enjoying work with people, willing to share.

LANGUAGE
Some knowledge of Russian is required for all volunteer placements except teaching-a-foreign-language positions.

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Volunteer placement includes 25 working hours weekly. Volunteer may be given the challenging and rewarding role of helping students enhance their foreign language (English, German, French, etc.) conversational skills. Volunteers may plan and supervise activities for children, work with elderly or disabled people. Most placements engage volunteers in working with the local people in the field of their specialization, which will be both beneficial to the community and enjoyable to volunteers. Duties and responsibilities for each volunteer placement are outlined in the agreement.
Volunteering to work, you will still have plenty of time for checking out the sights, socializing and relaxing.

RUSSIAN COURSE
  Structured Russian language classes are incorporated into the volunteer placement. Our standard course for volunteers consists of 15 academic hours per week in a small size class (max. 5 students/group) or with a private language tutor. However, Russian classes can be structured according to your needs and requirements. Volunteers pay a Course fee which depends on the number of the Russian lessons on the course.
In addition to learning the Russian language in class, interacting and speaking with local people is the fastest and most effective means of learning a language, and knowledge of other cultures is priceless.

ACCOMMODATION
  For you to get immersion in the Russian language and culture 24 hours a day, we will accommodate you with a hospitable Russian family, who will provide you with a room and two meals a day (breakfast and dinner). Our host families are carefully selected by our staff in order to provide the student with comfortable and friendly accommodations. 
Hotel accommodation and apartment rent are also available upon request.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Volunteers must arrange and pay for their own airfare and ground transportation. We can assist in booking domestic flights in Russia and train tickets.

VISA
Volunteers will need a valid passport for travel to other countries. We provide volunteers with the Invitation letter which is a special form issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and allows to apply for a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in the country of volunteer’s residence. Volunteers are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa fees. Please contact the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your country for requirements.

PARTICIPATION FEE
Volunteers pay participation fee which includes:
  - Accommodation and meals (breakfast and dinner) with a Russian family.
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk.
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
  - Volunteer placement fee (non-refundable).
  - Course fee for minimum fifteen 40-minute classes of the Russian language weekly.
  - Excursion program: per week - two excursions/ visits to museums/galleries, etc. (optional)

    For Volunteer’s Participation fees please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The key to experiencing these volunteer positions is keeping an open mind, staying flexible, being involved, and having fun! You will have an incredible experience that will open your mind and heart in ways many only dream about.

 

 

 

 

Year-Round Internships


LOCATION
In the city of Novosibirsk, which is the third largest city of Russia (after Moscow and St.Petersburg). As the industrial, business, scientific, cultural and educational center of Siberia, Novosibirsk is an excellent place for gaining professional experience while being completely immersed in the Russian language and culture.

OBJECTIVES
Gaining first-hand working experience in a real-life environment with an opportunity to work at a company or organization which is related to your field of academic study or career.

LENGTH
From two weeks up to a year.

FIELDS OF WORK
  Interns are placed in the field of their specialization and choice. Internships are available in many professional fields (Education and Teaching, Business, Computing, Journalism, Travel and Tourism, etc.). Applicants should provide a clear indication of the type of experience they would like to receive and it's relevance to their future career. Interns work 25 hours per week. The internship is unpaid.

HIGHLIGHTS
You will gain valuable practical experience, proven ability, and contacts that you can use to get a job. While nobody can guarantee you a job, an internship is an excellent way for you to get a head start on your competition.

ELIGIBILITY
Minimum Education Level: must be a university student or recent graduate.

LANGUAGE REQUIRED
Some knowledge of Russian is required for all internship placements except teaching-a-foreign-language positions.

SKILLS
No previous experience is necessary. The most important qualifications are: energetic, self-motivated, open-minded, flexible, enjoying work with people.

ACCOMMODATIONS
  For you to get immersion in the Russian language and culture 24 hours a day, we will be pleased to accommodate you with a hospitable Russian family, who will provide you with a room and two meals a day (breakfast and dinner). Our host families are carefully selected by our staff in order to provide the student with comfortable and friendly accommodations. 
Hotel accommodations and apartment rent are also available upon request.

RUSSIAN COURSE
  Structured Russian language classes are incorporated into the internship placement. Our standard course for interns consists of 15 academic hours per week in a small size class (max. 5 students/group) or with a private language tutor. However, Russian classes can be structured according to your needs and requirements. An intern pays a course fee for the number of the Russian lessons that he/she is going to have within the internship.
In addition to learning the Russian language in class, interacting and speaking with local people is the fastest and most effective means of learning a language, and knowledge of other cultures is priceless.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Interns must arrange and pay for their own airfare and ground transportation. We can assist in booking domestic flights in Russia and train tickets.

VISA
Interns will need a valid passport for travel to other countries. We provide interns with the Invitation letter which is a special form issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and allows to apply for a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in the country of intern’s residence. Interns are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa fees. Please contact the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your country for requirements.

PRICES
All our internships are strictly volunteer in nature, with the intern covering the total cost of transportation to Russia and paying internship participation fee which includes:
  - Accommodation and meals (breakfast and dinner) with a Russian family.
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk.
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
  - Internship placement fee (non-refundable).
  - Course fee (minimum fifteen 40-minute lessons of the Russian language weekly), a non-refundable 150 Euro application fee is included into the Course fee.
    For Internship Participation fees for the year 2016/2017, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

Winter volunteer program


Immerse yourself in a new 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 ten days working at the International Winter Language Camp, living and having fun together while helping a community, and come home with a reward that lasts longer than an ordinary paycheck!

PROGRAMME NAME
“SIBERIAN WONDERLAND” International Winter Language Camp

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- Teacher (English, French, German and other languages, computers and other subjects);
- Creativity Workshop Supervisor;
- Camp Counselor;
- Sports Instructor.

PROGRAMME DATES
  The DATES of the winter camp are as follows:

January 3rd until January 12th.

ELIGIBILITY

Our Volunteer opportunities are designed to include people of diverse backgrounds so there are few requirements for participation. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. No maximum age restrictions, senior citizens are always welcome.
- TEACHERS of English, French, German and other languages and subjects;
- SPECIALISTS in other fields such as computing, business, journalism, environment, music, arts, drama, etc.;
- UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.
Volunteering for the camp can be considered as an INTERNSHIP with all necessary paperwork and an on-site internship supervision provided.

SKILLS
No previous teaching experience is necessary. The most important qualifications are: energetic, enthusiastic, self-motivated, open-minded, flexible, enjoying camp experiences and working with children and teenagers, willing to share.

LANGUAGE
English is the common language used at the Camp. No knowledge of Russian is required.

PROGRAMME
Our WINTER CAMP is a unique opportunity to celebrate the coolest festive season in Siberia with lots of exciting events, and experience all the
winter fun you have ever dreamed of in ten days. Too many things are separating us around the world. At the same time, festival traditions and
customs, ceremonies and holidays are an integral part of every culture of the world, demonstrating that despite linguistic, cultural, and ethnic
differences, people from around the globe share the same hopes, dreams, interests and concerns.

The winter camp programme combines language instruction (English, German, French, and other languages, for local Russian students, and RUSSIAN for
overseas students and volunteer teachers) with organized activities such as arts and crafts projects, workshops, music and drama, games and contests, art and drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows, sports and outdoor activities, excursions.

One of the highlights of the Winter Camp is the RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS celebration (January 7th).
For more details on the programme click here.volunteer_teachers_team_presentation.jpg

RESPONSIBILITIES
Click here for Volunteer Teacher and Creativity Workshop Supervisor responsibilities and the teaching guidelines.

Click here for Camp Counselor and Sports Instructor responsibilities.

Volunteering to work, you will still have plenty of time for checking out the sights, socializing and relaxing.

RUSSIAN COURSE
Structured Russian language classes are incorporated into the volunteer placement. Volunteers attend 3 Russian classes per day, except excursion days. For more details on the Russian course, click here.
Interacting and speaking with local people is the fastest and most effective means of learning a language, and knowledge of other cultures is priceless.

EXCURSIONS
The programme includes exciting and interesting outings and excursions that enable volunteers to learn more about the city and the Russian culture, as well as to practice their Russian in real life situations. On completion of the session, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized. This programme, being flexible, diversified and including many stimulating learning activities, is an extraordinarily enriching and rewarding experience.
To learn more about Novosibirsk and its places of interest click here.
To learn more about other historically and culturally important destinations you can visit click here.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Volunteers must arrange and pay for their own airfare and ground transportation. We can assist in booking domestic flights in Russia and train tickets.

VISA
Volunteers will need a valid passport for travel to other countries. We provide volunteers with the Invitation letter which is a special form issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and allows to apply for a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in the country of volunteer’s residence. Volunteers are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa fees. Please contact the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your country for requirements.

PARTICIPATION FEEvolunteer_teachers_performing_the_dance_of_little_swans.jpg
Volunteers pay participation fee which includes:
- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a recreation center facility located in a picturesque area outside of the city of Novosibirsk.
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk.
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
- Exciting cultural, social and recreational programme within the winter schedule (contests and competitions, shows, discos, sports, social outings).
- Excursion program: (every two weeks) a guided tour of the largest Siberian city of Novosibirsk.
- 3 classes of Russian daily except for excursion days, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners.
  For Volunteer’s Participation fees  please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You may be the only representative of your country in your volunteer group, but this will inevitably accelerate cultural awareness. The key to experiencing these projects is keeping an open mind, staying flexible, being involved, and having fun!

We encourage you to contribute to investing in a vision of a better world by joining people around the globe willing to support ongoing peace, promote international cooperation and understanding through these worthwhile efforts.

You will have an incredible experience that will open your mind and heart in ways many only dream about.
To read about our former volunteers’ experiences, click here.

 

 

 

 

Winter Internships


Immerse yourself in a new 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 ten days working at the International Winter Language Camp, living and having fun together while helping a community, and come home with a reward that lasts longer than an ordinary paycheck!

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“SIBERIAN WONDERLAND” International Winter Language Camp

VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIP POSITIONS
- Teacher (English, French, German and other languages, computers and other subjects);
- Creativity Workshop Supervisor;
- Camp Counselor;
- Sports Instructor.

PROGRAMME DATES
  The DATES of the winter camp are as follows:
January 3rd until January 12th.

ELIGIBILITY
Our Volunteer Internship opportunities are designed to include people of diverse backgrounds so there are few requirements for participation. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
- TEACHERS of English, French, German and other languages and subjects;
- SPECIALISTS in other fields such as computing, business, journalism, environment, music, arts, drama, etc.;
- UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.
We provide interns with all necessary paperwork and an on-site internship supervision.

SKILLS
No previous experience is necessary. The most important qualifications are: energetic, enthusiastic, self-motivated, open-minded, flexible, enjoying camp experiences and working with children and teenagers, willing to share.

LANGUAGE
English is the common language used at the Camp. No knowledge of Russian is required.

PROGRAMMEshelrene_lau_in_a_snow_town_in_novosibirsk.jpg
Our WINTER CAMP is a unique opportunity to celebrate the coolest festive
season in Siberia with lots of exciting events, and experience all the
winter fun you have ever dreamed of in ten days. Too many things are
separating us around the world. At the same time, festival traditions and
customs, ceremonies and holidays are an integral part of every culture of
the world, demonstrating that despite linguistic, cultural, and ethnic
differences, people from around the globe share the same hopes, dreams,
interests and concerns.

The winter camp programme combines language instruction (English, German,
French, and other languages, for local Russian students, and RUSSIAN for
overseas students and volunteer teachers) with organized activities such as arts
and crafts projects, workshops, music and drama, games and contests, art and
drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows, sports and outdoor
activities, excursions.

One of the highlights of the Winter Camp is the
RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS celebration (January 7th).
For more details on the programme click here.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Click here for Volunteer Teacher and Creativity Workshop Supervisor responsibilities and the teaching guidelines.

Click here for Camp Counselor and Sports Instructor responsibilities.

Volunteering to work, you will still have plenty of time for checking out the sights, socializing and relaxing.

RUSSIAN COURSE
Structured Russian language classes are incorporated into the volunteer and internship placement. Volunteers and interns attend 3 Russian classes per day, except excursion days. For more details on the Russian course, click here.
Interacting and speaking with local people is the fastest and most effective means of learning a language, and knowledge of other cultures is priceless.

EXCURSIONSskiing.jpg
The programme includes exciting and interesting outings and excursions that enable volunteers and interns to learn more about the city and the Russian culture, as well as to practice their Russian in real life situations. On completion of the session, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized. This programme, being flexible, diversified and including many stimulating learning activities, is an extraordinarily enriching and rewarding experience.
To learn more about Novosibirsk and its places of interest click here.
To learn more about other historically and culturally important destinations you can visit click here.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Interns must arrange and pay for their own airfare and ground transportation. We can assist in booking domestic flights in Russia and train tickets.

VISA
Interns will need a valid passport for travel to other countries. We provide interns with the Invitation letter which is a special form issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and allows to apply for a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in the country of intern’s residence. Interns are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa fees. Please contact the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your country for requirements.

PARTICIPATION FEE
Interns pay Internship Participation fee which includes:
- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a recreation center facility located in a picturesque area outside of the city of Novosibirsk.
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk.
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
  - Exciting cultural, social and recreational programme within the winter schedule (contests and competitions, shows, discos, social outings).
  - Excursion program: a guided tour of the largest Siberian city of Novosibirsk.
- 3 classes of Russian daily except for excursion days, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners.
  For Internship Participation fees please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You may be the only representative of your country in your volunteer group, but this will inevitably accelerate cultural awareness. The key to experiencing these projects is keeping an open mind, staying flexible, being involved, and having fun!

We encourage you to contribute to investing in a vision of a better world by joining people around the globe willing to support ongoing peace, promote international cooperation and understanding through these worthwhile efforts.

You will have an incredible experience that will open your mind and heart in ways many only dream about.
To read about our former volunteers’ experiences, click here.


Winter programs


PROGRAMME NAME

“SIBERIAN WONDERLAND” International Winter Language Camp

AGE GROUP
Children and young people between the ages of 7 through 18 years of age. We allow parents and children to stay together.

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Fixed dates

  The DATES for the Winter Camp are as follows:
January 3rd until January 12th.

LOCATION
In a recreation center in a picturesque wooded area outside of the city of Novosibirsk.

TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION
  A recreation center.

LANGUAGES TAUGHT
Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
The programme is aimed at creating opportunities in a diverse multicultural environment and a supportive atmosphere to improve foreign language knowledge, to draw attention to major issues that have global importance and affect the world, to explore commonalities and appreciate differences, to promote cultural awareness and peace, and build common understanding and trust.
Our aim is to help students realize their full potential, thereby educating the whole person. Through educational, social, cultural, entertainment and health-promoting activities the programme seeks to provide a unique learning and play experience designed to develop the whole person .
The Camp provides a professional and friendly atmosphere in which students find it easy to improve their foreign language skills, reveal their creative abilities and talents, acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes, needed to live effectively in the world characterized by ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism and interdependence.

SUPERVISION
We are dedicated to providing a student with the most excellent supervision possible.
All the students are supervised and each group has a group leader who is normally responsible for between 10 – 15 students and stays with the group 24 hours a day. Everyone can expect a warm, supportive and friendly atmosphere along with professional service. Our goal is that a student has the most enjoyable and worthwhile experience possible during the stay with us. We are determined to ensure that everyone benefits fully from the interaction with other students and the staff. The Head of Studies, Psychologist, the Social Programme Coordinator and the Programme Director are constantly monitoring the programme to assure that everyone is enjoying the stay and taking advantage of the many activities offered by the school.
Parents are allowed to the programme.

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International students have a choice of the language(s) they want to be learning at the Camp. 5 language classes are scheduled daily, except excursion days, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. In the afternoon the students can choose to attend a Creativity Workshop, which is related to some aspect of culture and arts and involves some creative activity such as dancing, singing, acting, drawing, arts and crafts, poetry, etc., or participate in the "Live and Learn" Intercultural Conversational Russian Sessions, which take place outside of the classroom.

Native English speakers from many countries are brought to the camp to interact and share their experiences with all present. Professional teachers attending include those from the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, France, Spain, Finland, Australia, the United States, Canada and Poland.
Daily they teach English to small classes of carefully grouped students according to age and ability. These lessons are prepared in advance by the teachers and according to the daily theme of the camp; and the teachers are co-ordinated daily by a native English speaker of thirty years' teaching experience who reports daily to the Director. The content of the lessons is designed to be interesting and fun as well as educational, ranging in content from simple oral/vocabulary activities and games suitable for complete beginners to the most advanced requirements of the University entrance exams. Recent examples of the daily theme are: films, topical events, social issues, sports and hobbies.

We also attract international students from schools and universities the world over who wish to attend the programme to improve their Russia Language skills. Recently these have included several students of school age from Sweden and America. Students have attended from the leading Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Trinity College, Dublin and St. Andrew's, Edinburgh.
Students may also choose one other language to study during the camp: recent second languages always included French and often German, Spanish and sometimes Japanese and Arabic are offered according to the skills of the teachers. At the end of the camp diplomas and certificates are awarded according to ability and achievement.

For more details on the Russian course offered at the Camp click here.

TEACHING METHODS
Teaching consists of a combination of role play, demonstrations, games, exercises, quizzes, treasure hunts and other techniques. A variety of approaches are used to keep the programme fresh and fun. All programmes are geared to specific age groups. The depth of coverage and approach differ considerably between the teenagers' and children's programmes.

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Our WINTER CAMP is a unique opportunity to celebrate the coolest festive
season in Siberia with lots of exciting events, and experience all the
winter fun you have ever dreamed of in ten days. Too many things are
separating us around the world. At the same time, festival traditions and
customs, ceremonies and holidays are an integral part of every culture of
the world, demonstrating that despite linguistic, cultural, and ethnic
differences, people from around the globe share the same hopes, dreams,
interests and concerns.

The cultural program of the Winter Camp integrates language education into exciting daily activities which in addition to the daily language classes, also include arts and crafts projects, Creativity Workshops, sports and outdoor activities, music and drama, games and contests, art and drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows.

The Camp lives a full cultural and social life. The educational theme is developed through a range of social activities in which all those attending participate. Both the students and the teachers are grouped into teams which compete and interact daily in all aspects of daily life thus encouraging social interaction and breaking down of cultural, social and age barriers. Living in a close community helps to develop these social skills and encourages thoughtfulness and respect for others and – above all - a friendly, caring atmosphere which affects and changes for the good the whole character of those attending. Special psychology, dance and vocal courses are run to assist in this aim and to further develop communication skills.

Daily creativity projects are run by the native speakers of the languages taught at the camp and these are run along the line of the theme of the camp designed to enable students and teachers to better express themselves and develop social skills. Recent example have included improvised drama on a theme, Scottish Country Dancing, creative arts, film-making, and dramatisation of classical literature and mythical stories. The creativity workshops run for one hour every afternoon and are carefully coordinated and supervised by a native English speaker who has been attending the programme for many years.

Each camp has a specific role-play theme which permeates all activities. Daily evening shows develop this theme and provide a venue for drawing together all the camp activities. There is a healthy competition between the teams of teachers and students and points are keenly awarded or deducted from teams for creativity, participation, discipline and all aspects of daily life. One of the highlights of the Winter Camp is the RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS celebration (January 7th).

Even the varied sports and healthy activities are linked to the main and daily themes . Beginning with morning exercises with a difference and continuing with afternoon sports all nourished by healthy food and outdoor activities in the beautiful tree-lined territory which is ecologically pure and healthy.

 On completion of the session, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized. For more details click here.

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International participants must arrange and pay for their own airfare and ground transportation. We can assist in booking domestic flights in Russia and train tickets.

VISA
International participants will need a valid passport for travel to other countries. We provide international participants with the Invitation letter which is a special form issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and allows to apply for a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in the country of residence. International participants are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa fees. Please contact the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your country for requirements.

PARTICIPATION FEE
International participants pay participation fee which includes:
- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a recreation center facility located in a picturesque area outside of the city of Novosibirsk.
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk.
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
- Exciting cultural, social and recreational programme within the camp schedule (contests and competitions, shows, discos, sports, social outings).
- Excursion program: a guided tour of the largest Siberian city of Novosibirsk.
- 5 classes of Russian (or other language at the student’s choice) for international students daily except for excursion days, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers.
  For the Winter Camp Participation fees, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

Tourist Programs


THE ALTAI MOUNTAINS
Travel opportunities in the Altai Mountains that we can offer are very diverse depending on the itinerary, timeframe and the duration of the tour, type of travel and complexity of the route, which makes traveling possible for people of all ages and any level of physical condition. One can choose between accommodation in one of the tourist centers, located on one of the many beautiful mountain rivers or lakes, and active tours which include walking routes, horseback trails, river rafting and other water sports, exploring caves, traveling by car, motorbike or bicycle, etc. Various combinations of activities are possible. It is hardly possible to find another place anywhere in the world where you can enjoy such a variety and contrast of landscapes on such a limited area. One can also visit local museums including a natural museum of ancient culture and places of excavation, and explore traditions of local tribes.

LAKE BAIKAL
We offer tours to Lake Baikal, one of the biggest and most ancient lakes of the world, located close to the center of Asia in a huge stone bowl set 445 m above sea level. Baikal, being the deepest lake in the world, which contains 23 % of the world's reserves of fresh water, is often called The Sacred Sea or The Pearl of Siberia. Different types of accommodation are available: hotels/homestays in one of the villages situated on Lake Baikal shore or on Olkhon Island, one of the most beautiful places in Baikal area. Tour packages can include city tours and excursions in Irkutsk, one of the oldest Siberian cities, which has preserved its unique wooden houses, built without a nail, decorated with skillful carving. One can have various options in Baikal area: sailing on the lake and tourist cruise routes, fishing and taking an exiting trip on the famous Old Round Baikal Railroad going along the south-western shore of the lake, visits to the national park and interesting museums including Museum of Lake Baikal and an open air Museum of Wooden Architecture, which will expand your knowledge of the local history and culture. Everyone who has been to its shores is impressed and charmed by the grandeur, size, and unusual might of this Siberian miracle of nature.

ST PETERSBURG
Sightseeing programs in St. Petersburg can include tours of the city and visit to The Palace Square, The Winter Palace, The Decembrists Square, The Admiralty, The Petropavlovskaya Fortress and many other sites. Tourists can visit Petrodvorets, the summer residence of the Russian tsars, the real pearl of Russian Art, a city of parks, palaces and fountains. The Hermitage displaying 3 million different exhibits from ancient times to present, is considered to be one of the best not only in Russia but in the whole world. Another option is a fascinating excursion to the Pushkin City - the Tsar Village museum reserve - a former residence of Russian emperors.

TRANS SIBERIAN RAILROAD
An overall tour on the Trans Siberian Railroad, which stretches for 10,000 kilometers from Moscow to Vladivostok, might take as long as two weeks with stopovers in major cities on the route. The railroad passes through 8 time zones and goes via such well-known cities as Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk (and Lake Baikal), Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.
You can take a train on the Trans Siberian railroad travelling from Moscow to Novosibirsk or if you go to Lake Baikal you can take a train from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk and get an experience of the Trans Siberian Railroad.

WELCOME TO SIBERIA
"Welcome to Siberia" program that includes visits to major Siberian cities: Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, and at your choice may include the Altai Mountains and Lake Baikal.

The 1.5-million Novosibirsk is the third largest city of Russia (after Moscow and St.Petersburg) and the chief city of Siberia. Being the cultural, scientific and educational center of Siberia, surrounded by picturesque wooded and field areas, Novosibirsk is the best place for learning the
Russian culture focusing on the importance of complete linguistic and cultural immersion, and provides incredible opportunities for experiencing the hospitality and cordiality Siberians are famed for.
Tomsk is one of the oldest Siberian cities which was established in 1604 on the banks of the Tom River and is situated about 200 kilometers from Novosibirsk. The city is famous for its old wooden architecture, decorated with lacelike fretwork. You'll have a guided tour of the city, visit the Art Gallery with its unique collection of old icon and paintings of Russian and Foreign Art, Local History Museum, and see beautiful churches. To learn more about Novosibirsk click here.

Krasnoyarsk is the largest city-port on the Enisey River, founded in 1628 as a fortress. For many years it used to be a place of exile for prisoners, old-believers, Decembrists, revolutionaries. Nowadays it is a large industrial, cultural, scientific and transport center of Central Siberia. A tour of the city includes visits to local museums, and a famous "Stolby" National Reserve situated in a picturesque suburban area.

Irkutsk was founded in 1661 when the Russian military cossack troops established a fortress on the right bank of the Angara River. From late 17th century, it was a political, economical and cultural center of Siberia. The city's Russian classical architecture dates from the period of the 1880s when the city boomed after gold was discovered in the area. Most of the brick mansions and grand public buildings varying in architectural styles were constructed in the late 19th - early 20th century. The beautiful Russian Orthodox churches and a Polish Cathedral are located in downtown. Tourists will see many small one- and two-stored wooden houses or cabins that are decorated with "wooden laces" (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions of the 20th century. A city tour can include visits to the Irkutsk Museum of Regional Studies and the Decembrists' House.


All travel packages can include:
- meeting at the airport/railway station;
- accommodation (hotels/homestay);
- arrangement of services for groups, individual tourists;
- excursions;
- guide-interpreters services;
- transportation;
- air- and railway tickets reservation;
- visa support and registration formalities

All the details and tour descriptions are available at one’s request. Prices depend on the timeframe and the duration of the tour, group size, number of services included in the package. If you let us know your preferences we’ll come up with best options possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Volunteer Opportunities


Immerse yourself in a new 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 2-6 weeks working at the 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!

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“LINKING THE PLANET” International Summer Language Camp

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
- Teacher (English, French, German and other languages, computers and other subjects);
- Creativity Workshop Supervisor;
- Camp Counselor;
- Sports Instructor.

PROGRAMME DATES

    
    The DATES of 2017 summer camp sessions are as follows:
Session 1 - June 16th until June 29th (The ALTAI Krai summer camp session)
Session 2 - June 29th until July 12th (The ALTAI Republic summer camp session)

Session 3 - July 16th until July 26th (Novosibirsk session)

Session 4 - July 26th until August 5th (Novosibirsk session)    


Prospective participants choose themselves which session(s) they want to attend. There is no limit of number of sessions attended. Participation in two and more sessions will certainly give you more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, enjoy a larger excursion, cultural and socializing programme.

ELIGIBILITY

Our Volunteer opportunities are designed to include people of diverse backgrounds so there are few requirements for participation. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. No maximum age restrictions, senior citizens are always welcome.
- TEACHERS of English, French, German and other languages and subjects;
- SPECIALISTS in other fields such as computing, business, journalism, environment, music, arts, drama, etc.;
- UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.
Volunteering for the camp can be considered as an INTERNSHIP with all necessary paperwork and an on-site internship supervision provided.

SKILLS
No previous teaching experience is necessary. The most important qualifications are: energetic, enthusiastic, self-motivated, open-minded, flexible, enjoying camp experiences and working with children and teenagers, willing to share.

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English is the common language used at the Camp. No knowledge of Russian is required.

PROGRAMME
The summer camp programme combines language instruction (English, German,
French, and other languages, for local Russian students, and RUSSIAN for
overseas students and volunteer teachers) with organized activities such as arts
and crafts projects, workshops, music and drama, games and contests, art and
drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows, sports and outdoor
activities, excursions.
For more details on the programme click here.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Click here for Volunteer Teacher and Creativity Workshop Supervisor responsibilities and the teaching guidelines.

Click here for Camp Counselor and Sports Instructor responsibilities.

Volunteering to work, you will still have plenty of time for checking out the sights, socializing and relaxing.

RUSSIAN COURSE
Structured Russian language classes are incorporated into the volunteer placement. Volunteers attend 3 Russian classes per day, except excursion days. For more details on the Russian course, click here.
Interacting and speaking with local people is the fastest and most effective means of learning a language, and knowledge of other cultures is priceless.

EXCURSIONS
The programme includes exciting and interesting outings and excursions that enable volunteers to learn more about the city and the Russian culture, as well as to practice their Russian in real life situations. On completion of the session, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized. This programme, being flexible, diversified and including many stimulating learning activities, is an extraordinarily enriching and rewarding experience.
To learn more about Novosibirsk and its places of interest click here.
To learn more about other historically and culturally important destinations you can visit click here.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Volunteers must arrange and pay for their own airfare and ground transportation. We can assist in booking domestic flights in Russia and train tickets.

VISA
Volunteers will need a valid passport for travel to other countries. We provide volunteers with the Invitation letter which is a special form issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and allows to apply for a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in the country of volunteer’s residence. Volunteers are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa fees. Please contact the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your country for requirements.

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Volunteers pay participation fee which includes:
- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a summer camp facility 
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk; transportation from Novosibirsk to the camp in the Altai Mountains (for the frist session).
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
- Exciting cultural, social and recreational programme within the summer camp schedule (contests and competitions, shows, discos, sports, social outings).
- Excursion program: touristic program in the Altai Mountians (for the second session), a guided tour  of the city of Novoisbirsk for session 3 and 4.
- 3 classes of Russian daily except for excursion days, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners.
    For Volunteer’s Participation fees please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You may be the only representative of your country in your volunteer group, but this will inevitably accelerate cultural awareness. The key to experiencing these projects is keeping an open mind, staying flexible, being involved, and having fun!

We encourage you to contribute to investing in a vision of a better world by joining people around the globe willing to support ongoing peace, promote international cooperation and understanding through these worthwhile efforts.

You will have an incredible experience that will open your mind and heart in ways many only dream about.
To read about our former volunteers’ experiences, click here.

 

 

 

 

Summer Internships


Immerse yourself in a new 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 2-6 weeks working at the 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!


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“LINKING THE PLANET” International Summer Language Camp

VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIP POSITIONS
- Teacher (English, French, German and other languages, computers and other subjects);
- Creativity Workshop Supervisor;
- Camp Counselor;
- Sports Instructor.

PROGRAMME DATES

         The DATES of 2017 summer camp sessions are as follows:
Session 1 - June 16th until June 29th (The ALTAI Krai summer camp session)
Session 2 - June 29th until July 12th (The ALTAI Republic summer camp session)

Session 3 - July 16th until July 26th (Novosibirsk session)

Session 4 - July 26th until August 5th (Novosibirsk session)    


Prospective participants choose themselves which session(s) they want to attend. There is no limit of number of sessions attended. Participation in two and more sessions will certainly give you more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, enjoy a larger excursion, cultural and socializing programme.

ELIGIBILITY

Our Volunteer INTERNSHIP opportunities are designed to include people of diverse backgrounds so there are few requirements for participation. Interns must be at least 18 years of age.
- TEACHERS of English, French, German and other languages and subjects;
- SPECIALISTS in other fields such as computing, business, journalism, environment, music, arts, drama, etc.;
- UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.
We provide interns with all necessary paperwork and an on-site internship supervision.

SKILLS
No previous experience is necessary. The most important qualifications are: energetic, enthusiastic, self-motivated, open-minded, flexible, enjoying camp experiences and working with children and teenagers, willing to share.

LANGUAGEalanna_as_a_volunteer_teacher.jpg
English is the common language used at the Camp. No knowledge of Russian is required.

PROGRAMME
The summer camp programme combines language instruction (English, German, French, and other languages, for local Russian students, and RUSSIAN for overseasstudents and volunteer teachers and interns) with organized activities such as arts and crafts projects, workshops, music and drama, games and contests, art and drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows, sports and outdoor
activities, excursions.
For more details on the programme click here.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Click here for Volunteer Teacher and Creativity Workshop Supervisor responsibilities and the teaching guidelines.

Click here for Camp Counselor and Sports Instructor responsibilities.

Volunteering to work, you will still have plenty of time for checking out the sights, socializing and relaxing.

RUSSIAN COURSE
Structured Russian language classes are incorporated into the volunteer and internship placement. Volunteers and interns attend 3 Russian classes per day, except excursion days. For more details on the Russian course, click here.
Interacting and speaking with local people is the fastest and most effective means of learning a language, and knowledge of other cultures is priceless.

EXCURSIONS
The programme includes exciting and interesting outings and excursions that enable volunteers and interns to learn more about the city and the Russian culture, as well as to practice their Russian in real life situations. On completion of the session, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized. This programme, being flexible, diversified and including many stimulating learning activities, is an extraordinarily enriching and rewarding experience.
To learn more about Novosibirsk and its places of interest click here.
To learn more about other historically and culturally important destinations you can visit click here.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
Interns must arrange and pay for their own airfare and ground transportation. We can assist in booking domestic flights in Russia and train tickets.

VISA
Interns will need a valid passport for travel to other countries. We provide interns with the Invitation letter which is a special form issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and allows to apply for a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in the country of intern’s residence. Interns are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa fees. Please contact the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your country for requirements.

PARTICIPATION FEE
Interns pay Internship Participation fee which includes:
- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a summer camp facility located in a picturesque area outside of the city of Novosibirsk or in the Altai Krai (for the first session) or in the Altai Mountains session (session 2).
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk; transportation from Novosibirsk to the camp in the Altai Krai (for the first session) or in the Altai Mountains (for the second session).
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
- Exciting cultural, social and recreational programme within the summer camp schedule (contests and competitions, shows, discos, sports, social outings).
- Excursion program: touristic program in the Altai Mountains (for the second session), a guided tour of the city of Novosibirsk for sessions 3 and 4.
- 3 classes of Russian daily except for excursion days, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners.
    For Internship Participation fees please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You may be the only representative of your country in your volunteer group, but this will inevitably accelerate cultural awareness. The key to experiencing these projects is keeping an open mind, staying flexible, being involved, and having fun!

We encourage you to contribute to investing in a vision of a better world by joining people around the globe willing to support ongoing peace, promote international cooperation and understanding through these worthwhile efforts.

You will have an incredible experience that will open your mind and heart in ways many only dream about.
To read about our former volunteers’ experiences, click here.

 

 

 

 

Summer Programs

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“LINKING THE PLANET” International Summer Language Camp

AGE GROUP
Children and young people between the ages of 7 through 18 years of age. We allow parents and children to stay together.

TIMEFRAME
Fixed dates
     
    The DATES of 2017 summer camp sessions are as follows:
Session 1 - June 16th until June 29th (The ALTAI Krai summer camp session)
Session 2 - June 29th until July 12th (The ALTAI Republic summer camp session)

Session 3 - July 16th until July 26th (Novosibirsk session)

Session 4 - July 26th until August 5th (Novosibirsk session)    


Prospective participants choose themselves which session(s) they want to attend. There is no limit of number of sessions attended. Participation in two and more sessions will certainly give you more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, enjoy a larger excursion, cultural and socializing programme.

LOCATION
In a recreation center in a picturesque wooded area in the Altai Krai and in the beautiful Altai Mountains area (the Altai Republic). The thrid session is run in the city of Novosibirsk. 

TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION
A children's camp.

LANGUAGES TAUGHT
Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
The programme is aimed at creating opportunities in a diverse multicultural environment and a supportive atmosphere to improve foreign language knowledge, to draw attention to major issues that have global importance and affect the world, to explore commonalities and appreciate differences, to promote cultural awareness and peace, and build common understanding and trust.
Our aim is to help students realize their full potential, thereby educating the whole person. Through educational, social, cultural, entertainment and health-promoting activities the programme seeks to provide a unique learning and play experience designed to develop the whole person .
The Camp provides a professional and friendly atmosphere in which students find it easy to improve their foreign language skills, reveal their creative abilities and talents, acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes, needed to live effectively in the world characterized by ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism and interdependence.

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We are dedicated to providing a student with the most excellent supervision possible.
All the students are supervised and each group has a group leader who is normally responsible for between 10 – 15 students and stays with the group 24 hours a day. Everyone can expect a warm, supportive and friendly atmosphere along with professional service. Our goal is that a student has the most enjoyable and worthwhile experience possible during the stay with us. We are determined to ensure that everyone benefits fully from the interaction with other students and the staff. The Head of Studies, Psychologist, the Social Programme Coordinator and the Programme Director are constantly monitoring the programme to assure that everyone is enjoying the stay and taking advantage of the many activities offered by the school.
Parents are allowed to the programme.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME
International students have a choice of the language(s) they want to be learning at the Summer Camp. 5 language classes are scheduled daily, except excursion days, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. In the afternoon the students attend a Creativity Workshop, which comprises some creative activities such as dancing, singing, acting, drawing, arts and crafts, poetry.

Native English speakers from many countries are brought to the camp to interact and share their experiences with all present. Professional teachers attending include those from the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, France, Spain, Finland, Australia, the United States, Canada and Poland. Daily they teach English to small classes of carefully grouped students according to age and ability. These lessons are prepared in advance by the teachers and according to the daily theme of the camp; and the teachers are co-ordinated daily by our Head of Studies. The content of the lessons is designed to be interesting and fun as well as educational, ranging in content from simple oral/vocabulary activities and games suitable for complete beginners to the most advanced requirements of the University entrance exams. Recent examples of the daily theme are: films, topical events, social issues, sports and hobbies.wallis_ahern_on_the_right_with_her_russian_friends.jpg

We also attract international students from schools and universities the world over who wish to attend the programme to improve their Russia Language skills. Recently these have included several students of school age from Sweden and America. Students have attended from the leading Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Trinity College, Dublin and St. Andrew's, Edinburgh.
Students may also choose one other language to study during the camp: recent second languages always included French and often German, Spanish and sometimes Japanese, Chinese and Arabic are offered according to the skills of the teachers. At the end of the camp diplomas and certificates are awarded according to ability and achievement.

For more details on the Russian course offered at the summer camp click here.

TEACHING METHODS
Teaching consists of a combination of role play, demonstrations, games, exercises, quizzes, treasure hunts and other techniques. A variety of approaches are used to keep the programme fresh and fun. All programmes are geared to specific age groups. The depth of coverage and approach differ considerably between the teenagers' and children's programmes.

CULTURAL AND EXCURSION PROGRAMME
The cultural program of the Summer Camp integrates language education into exciting daily activities which in addition to the daily language classes, also include arts and crafts projects, Creativity Workshops, sports and outdoor activities, music and drama, games and contests, art and drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows.

For the sessions that are held in the Altai Mountains many exciting tourist activities are included into the programme, such as rafting, horseback riding, hiking, camping and excursions. For the session held near Novosibirsk a sightseeing programme in the administrative capital of Siberia is included into the internship programme.

The Camp lives a full cultural and social life. The educational theme is developed through a range of social activities in which all those attending participate. Both the students and the teachers are grouped into teams which compete and interact daily in all aspects of daily life thus encouraging social interaction and breaking down of cultural, social and age barriers. Living in a close community helps to develop these social skills and encourages thoughtfulness and respect for others and – above all - a friendly, caring atmosphere which affects and changes for the good the whole character of those attending. Special psychology, dance and vocal courses are run to assist in this aim and to further develop communication skills.

Daily creativity projects are run by the native speakers of the languages taught at the camp together with the Russian team leaders and these are run along the line of the theme of the camp designed to enable students and teachers to better express themselves and develop social skills. Recent example have included improvised drama on a theme, Scottish Country Dancing, creative arts, film-making, and dramatisation of classical literature and mythical stories. The creativity workshops run for one hour every afternoon and are carefully coordinated by our Head of Studies.ben_griffiths_performing_a_dance_at_the_creativity_workshop_presentation.jpg

Each camp has a specific role-play theme which permeates all activities. Daily evening shows develop this theme and provide a venue for drawing together all the camp activities. There is a healthy competition between the teams of teachers and students and points are keenly awarded or deducted from teams for creativity, participation, discipline and all aspects of daily life.

Even the varied sports and healthy activities are linked to the main and daily themes . Beginning with morning exercises with a difference and continuing with afternoon sports and swimming activities all nourished by healthy food and outdoor activities in the beautiful tree-lined territory which is ecologically pure and healthy.


TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
International participants must arrange and pay for their own airfare and ground transportation. We can assist in booking domestic flights in Russia and train tickets.

VISA
International participants will need a valid passport for travel to other countries. We provide international participants with the Invitation letter which is a special form issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and allows to apply for a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in the country of residence. International participants are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa fees. Please contact the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your country for requirements.presentation_of_team_4_with_peter_moon_in_the_center.jpg

PARTICIPATION FEE
International participants pay participation fee which includes:
- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a summer camp facility located in a picturesque area outside of the city of Novosibirsk or in the Altai Krai or in the Altai mountains area.
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk; transportation from Novosibirsk to the camp in the Altai Krai (session 1) or in the Altai mountians (session 2).
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
- Exciting cultural, social and recreational programme within the summer camp schedule (contests and competitions, shows, discos, sports, social outings).
- Excursion program: a guided tour of the largest Siberian city of Novosibirsk for the sessions held near Novosibirsk; touristic activities according to the daily program in the Altai mountain area for the second camp session.
- 5 classes of Russian (or other language at the student’s choice) for international students daily except for excursion days, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers.
    For the Summer Camp Participation fees, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

Year-Round Homestay Program


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Year-Round Homestay Style Russian Studies Programme

AGE GROUP
Children and young people between the ages of 7 through 18 years of age. We allow parents and children to stay together.

TIMEFRAME
Flexible schedule
You can arrive and start the course on any day during the year, and stay for as long as you wish.

LOCATION
In the city of Novosibirsk.

TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION
Homestay accommodation with a Russian family who have a child of a similar age.
For more details click here.

LANGUAGES TAUGHT
Russian

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
Our Russian studies program is aimed at
- achieving practical fluency and confidence in the use of the Russian language with the focus on the integration of all the four language learning components and skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and the emphasis on communication;
- getting the first-hand experience of the Russian culture and life style.
We believe that the individual communicative approach and complete language and cultural immersion that we apply in our school are the most effective methods of language learning and cultural adaptation.

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We are dedicated to providing a student with the most excellent supervision possible.
A student is supervised by the host family and the Programme Coordinator. Everyone can expect a warm, supportive and friendly atmosphere along with professional service. Our goal is that a student has the most enjoyable and worthwhile experience possible during the stay with us. The Head of Studies, the Social Programme Coordinator and the Director are constantly monitoring the programme to assure that everyone benefits fully from the course, is enjoying the stay and taking advantage of the many activities offered by the school.
Parents are allowed to the programme.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME
Our standard course consists of 25 academic hours of Russian per week (five 40-minute Russian classes taught daily Monday through Friday) in a small size class (max. 5 students/group) or with a private language tutor, plus 3 one-and-a-half-hour Intercultural Conversational Sessions per week.
For more details click here.

TEACHING METHODS
Teaching consists of a combination of role play, demonstrations, games, exercises, quizzes, treasure hunts and other techniques. A variety of approaches are used to keep the programme fresh and fun. All programmes are geared to specific age groups. The depth of coverage and approach differ considerably between the teenagers' and children's programmes.

friendships.jpgCULTURAL AND EXCURSION PROGRAMME
Within the Russian studies programme the school organizes at least two outings per week, such as tours of the city and visits to museums/galleries/theaters/concert halls, etc. We also help students to plan their own social activities if they want to do something extra like to go to a swimming pool or a gym, visit a cinema or some sports events in the city. During the weekend and on completion of the course, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized.
To learn more about Novosibirsk and its places of interest click here.
To learn more about other historically and culturally important destinations you can visit click here.


TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
International participants must arrange and pay for their own airfare and ground transportation. We can assist in booking domestic flights in Russia and train tickets.

VISA
International participants will need a valid passport for travel to other countries. We provide international participants with the Invitation letter which is friends.jpga special form issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation and allows to apply for a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in the country of residence. International participants are responsible for obtaining visas and paying visa fees. Please contact the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your country for requirements.

PROGRAMME FEE
Students or their parents pay Programme fee which includes:
- Accommodation and full board (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner) with a Russian host family.
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk.
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
- Five 40-minute classes of the Russian language per day five days a week Monday through Friday.
- Three one-and-a-half-hour Intercultural Conversational Sessions per week
- Cultural and excursion program: per week - two excursions/ visits to museums/galleries, etc.
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Children and Teenager Programs

a_group_of_american_students_with_their_teacher_of_russian_harry_banks_at_the_summer_camp.jpgThe Educational Center “Cosmopolitan” offers residential summer/winter language camps or homestay style summer/winter language schools with host families for young people between the ages of 7 through18 years of age.

The programme outlines:
- Excellent Supervision
- High quality language instruction, effective training methods and materials
- A variety of leisure/social and cultural activities and sports, all activities are geared to specific age groups
- Friendly atmosphere and creative environment excellent for revealing talents, establishing good relationships and making new friends
- All our programs allow parents and children to stay together


Check on our summer children and teenager programmes, winter children and teenager programmes and year-round Homestay programmes.

 

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International Winter Language Camp

   SIBERIAN WONDERLAND Winter Language Camp is an educational multi-cultural program that our Educational Center "Cosmopolitan" runs in a picturesque area outside of the city of Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia, from January 3rd until January 12th with participation of the Russian schoolchildren, youth and adults, and volunteer teachers and international students from around the globe.

  The arrival date is January 3rd.

For the past few years volunteer teachers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Fiji, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States of America, as well as university students and school children from the USA, Great Britain, Greece, and Germany have participated in our programs.

Our WINTER CAMP is a unique opportunity to celebrate the coolest festive season in Siberia with lots of exciting events, and experience all the winter fun you have ever dreamed of in ten days. Too many things are separating us around the world. At the same time, festival traditions and customs, ceremonies and holidays are an integral part of every culture of the world, demonstrating that despite linguistic, cultural, and ethnic differences, people from around the globe share the same hopes, dreams, interests and concerns.

The winter camp program combines language instruction (English, German, French, etc., for local Russian students, and RUSSIAN for overseas students and volunteer teachers) with organized activities (arts and crafts projects, workshops, music and drama, games and contests, art and drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows, sports and outdoor activities, excursions).

The program is a great chance for international participants to learn the Russian language and get a first-hand experience of the Russian culture. It provides the unique cultural opportunity of daily interaction with the Russian children, youth and adults. The RUSSIAN COURSE is organized for overseas students and volunteer teachers and includes language studies as well as learning about the Russian culture, history and society.

We are looking for native speakers of English, German, French, Spanish and other languages, who would like to be VOLUNTEER TEACHERS of their language and/or VOLUNTEER CREATIVITY WORKSHOP COORDINATORS at our winter language camp. No previous teaching experience is required. University students are eligible to apply as volunteer teachers/creativity workshop coordinators. We are looking for people who are energetic, enthusiastic, open-minded, sociable, enjoy camp experiences, are willing to share their knowledge and culture.

We also seek people worldwide who are interested in the Russian language and culture (middle school through university STUDENTS, and ADULTS) and would like to participate in our Winter Language Camp as INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS of the Russian course. 

International students of the Russian course have 5 Russian language classes daily, except excursion days, in the morning. In the afternoon the students can choose to attend a Creativity Workshop, which is related to some aspect of the Russian culture and arts and involves some creative activity (dancing, singing, acting, drawing, arts and crafts, poetry, etc.), or participate in the "Live and Learn" Intercultural Conversational Russian Sessions, which take place outside of the classroom.

Volunteer teachers attend 3 Russian classes per day, except excursion days. 40-minute Russian classes are scheduled from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., in groups according to the teachers' levels of Russian.

A typical day at the camp is scheduled as follows:

9:30 a.m. Breakfast

10:00 a.m. Classes (English/French/German/Russian language studies): 5

lessons 35 minutes each with 5-minute breaks 

1:30 p.m. Lunch

2:30 p.m. Creativity Workshops

3:30 p.m. Activities for students

4:00 p.m. Snack

4:30 p.m. Russian classes for volunteer teachers (3 lessons 40 minutes each)

Activities for students

7:00 p.m. Dinner

8:30 p.m. Entertaining evening activity (show/performance/contest/party,

etc.)

9:30 p.m. Disco.

The camp lives a full cultural and social life. Every day various entertaining competitions, shows, performances, presentations and discos are scheduled within the camp program. Social outings (traditional Russian sauna - banya, barbecue, socializing and meetings in local communities, etc.) are scheduled for international students being an extraordinarily
enriching experience. One of the highlights of the Winter Camp is the RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS celebration (January 7th). On completion of the session, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized.


VOLUNTEER TEACHERS' and INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' RESPONSIBILITES:
- Roundtrip airfare to Novosibirsk.
- Obtaining the Russian visa and visa fees.
- Participation fee, which covers accommodation, meals, local transportation, exciting cultural program, excursions, etc.


PROGRAM FEATURES

- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a recreational center facility which provides rooms, classrooms, recreational facilities.

- 5 classes of Russian daily for international students, 3 classes of Russian daily for volunteer teachers, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners.

- Exciting cultural and recreational program: contests and competitions, shows, performances, disco, etc.

- Sports and outdoor winter activities.

- Excursion program: a guided tour of the largest Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk.

- Visa support (letter of invitation and registration upon arrival).

Airfare, visa fee, medical insurance, pocket money are not included in the participation fee and should also be paid by international participants. Of course we realize that this program involves large financial investments of the foreign participants in terms of the airfare and the participation fee with no compensation on our end. You should understand that this is a
non-profit self-supported project, and the participation fee goes to cover the expenses on accommodation, meals, excursions, local transportation, tuition, cultural program, etc. for our international participants. It's still considerably less expensive than a regular tour with a travel agency would cost, but provides a lot more exciting opportunities to experience the culture,
learn the language, interact with people, share professional knowledge and moral values.

We highly appreciate the valuable contribution to our program that all our international participants make. We always make sure that everyone is fully satisfied and pleased with the visit. Our goal is that you have the most enjoyable and worthwhile experience possible during your stay with us.


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!

 

 

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Application Procedure

The first step to enrolling is to complete the application form and submit it as far in advance as possible. This will insure that there will be space available for you within the selected timeframe. Your completed application must be accompanied by the bank confirmation of payment of the non-refundable application fee. No application will be processed until this fee is received. In addition, you should include a photo and a copy of your passport page(s), which contain the information as follows: full name, date of birth and birthplace, citizenship, country of residence, passport number and date of issue. 

Upon receiving your application package and the application fee, we will e-mail you a confirmation of your acceptance for the program and we will apply for an official letter of invitation, which you will need to obtain your Russian visa at the Russian consulate in your country.


For further details on application procedure, application deadlines and to request the application form please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Russian course

Our Russian studies programs are aimed at achieving practical fluency and confidence in the use of the Russian language with the focus on the integration of all the four language learning components and skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and the emphasis on communication. We believe that the individual communicative approach and complete language and cultural immersion that we apply in our school are the most effective methods of language learning. The objective of the course is for students to acquire elementary/pre-intermediate/intermediate/advanced proficiency in spoken and written Russian, focusing particularly on grammatical accuracy and oral communication in practical settings.

david_weis_with_olesya_teacher_of_russian.jpgThe Russian Course outline:

development of proper pronunciation and intonation habits,

acquiring communicative speech skills and development of the student's oral comprehension,

systematical study of essential Russian grammar, lexical and grammar phrase formation, use of proper sentence structure,

vocabulary expansion, vocabulary being introduced gradually and systematically,

accumulation of the cultural country knowledge with the aim of understanding social background,

reading and comprehension of the Russian fiction texts and periodicals.

building-up writing skills.

Russia has always been a strange and fascinating place, with its mixture of globe-shaking politics and world-class culture. Our goal in Russian Studies is to prepare our students to observe and understand Russia, past and present. People from their teens to their nineties from all walks of life immerse themselves in the language and culture of Russia through extensive daily instruction, tutoring by well-educated teachers who are Russian native speakers trained to teach foreigners, and the dynamic cultural life of the school.

kelly_burns_and_natasha_teacher_of_russian.jpgVolunteer teachers attend 3 Russian classes per day, except excursion days. 40-minute Russian classes are scheduled from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., in groups according to the teachers’ levels of Russian. International students have 5 lessons of Russian per day, except excursion days, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The students are assigned into groups according to their level of Russian. We know how important it is to use a language that one is learning. That is why we limit our class size to no more than five students, in order to maximize student participation. If there are no other students of your level of Russian you will have a private language tutor.

In the afternoon international students have a choice of attending a Creativity Workshop which is related to the Russian culture and involves some creative activity (dancing, singing, acting, drawing, arts and crafts, poetry, etc.) or participating in the "live and learn" intercultural conversational sessions, which take place outside of the classroom. These sessions are designed so that students must use the Russian that they have been learning in class, but in real-life situations. With the assistance of their teacher or the program coordinator, students carry out everyday tasks in Russian, such as shopping, going to the bank, buying stamps to mail a postcard, asking for directions, and asking for specific information, etc. This is a unique opportunity for students to build their confidence in the language and gain insights into the society. This part of the program is very intensive, effective, and fun.

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Teaching Guidelines for Volunteer Teachers

 

TESTING
On the first day of the session all the students get tested and assigned into groups by volunteer teachers. For the test all the students are split up into small groups for a written test and an oral interview. Before the test all the teachers get together and choose the main topics and questions for the interview, the assessment criteria, and the grading system. As they talk to the students in their test group they grade them, and when all the teachers gather together after the test they discuss the results of both written and oral parts of the test, and assign all the students into groups according to their language levels. 
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 LANGUAGE LEVELS
We normally have quite a wide range of language levels at each camp session: from Beginners through Advanced. Most of our former teachers have volunteered to teach all ages and language levels. Every teacher is assigned to a classroom and groups rotate according to the daily schedule. Depending on the number of teachers and groups at each session, each teacher would have each particular group either every day or every other day.
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 CLASSES
ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN classes are taught by foreign volunteer teachers. Each teacher conducts four or five 35-minute classes in the morning from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. daily except excursion days. The lesson plan and structure fall under teacher's discretion. The courses should be designed to be challenging and amusing at the same time with the emphasis made on learning through fun.
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 TEACHING TECHNIQUES/METHODS
Within a variety of techniques/methods of language teaching that can be applied, and the language aspects, each teacher can choose to teach a course concentrating on a particular aspect, such as conversations, grammar in use, language games, discussions, drama, etc., or work out a course based on a combination of aspects. We are open to ideas, so a teacher can feel free to suggest what he/she thinks would work best.

Some of our former teachers have wondered whether they should focus more on culture or grammar, and whether the emphasis should be made on conversation or syntax. You should certainly concentrate more on conversation and improving the students' speaking skills. The cultural aspect is also very important.

Teachers should follow the topics of each day with the students who are close to intermediate and advanced language levels. It's more important to improve the students’ speaking skills, so teachers should encourage them to speak in the class. When the students listen to the teacher, to other students in the class and to the tapes, they improve their listening skills. Teachers can also give them some reading materials like texts, stories, magazine/newspaper articles. They can also think of some exercises to develop the students’ writing and creative writing skills (writing an essay, a composition, etc.). It will be a good idea to give some topical vocabulary on the theme of each day, including words, word combinations and phrases, set expressions, etc.

As far as Grammar is concerned, teachers can certainly give the students some grammar exercises so that they repeat the major grammar themes like verbs and tenses, singular and plural forms of a noun, question forms, etc.

With the students of lower language levels, and especially with the ones who are close to zero level, it would be quite challenging to work within the suggested topic every day. You could give these students some simple vocabulary on each topic of the day, and do more games and creative activities that involve drawing, singing, acting, poetry, etc.
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 TEACHING MATERIALS
Teaching materials that can be used in the class are as follows: 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 topic of the day. The most important thing is to encourage the students to speak, but at the same time you should have materials that will help in terms of the contents of the theme and topics to speak about.
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CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS
In addition to the morning classes each volunteer teacher normally supervises a Creativity Workshop in the afternoon. It's one hour work that involves some creative activity like dancing, singing, acting, performing, drawing, arts and crafts, web design, poetry, etc. The contents of the Creativity Workshop should in some way be related to the general theme of the camp session.

This is the list of some of the Creativity Workshop projects run by our former volunteer teachers: Line Dancing, Square Dancing, Creating the World Anthem, Club of Young Poets, Photo Lab, Time Capsule, Culture of Native Americans, Aboriginal (Native Australian) Painting, Web Design, National US Holidays, Summer School Quilt, Irish Dance, Christmas Story, etc. A teacher chooses an activity according to his/her interests and skills. Ideally, a Creativity Workshop should be related to the theme of the session or to some topic discussed through the session.

A teacher has a Creativity Workshop group for five days. The students come to a workshop class for one hour in the afternoon every day and do a presentation on the sixth day of the camp. Then a new group comes for the next five days and does a presentation on the last day of the camp. A teacher can do the same type of the activity for both workshop groups because there will be different students in each group.

 

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Social and cultural development and entertainment

 

 

Social Development

The educational theme is developed through a range of social activities in which all those attending participate. Both the students and the teachers are grouped into teams which compete and interact daily in all aspects of daily life thus encouraging social interaction and breaking down of cultural, social and age barriers. Living in a close community helps to develop these social skills and encourages thoughtfulness and respect for others and – above all - a friendly, caring atmosphere which affects and changes for the good the whole character of those attending. Special psychology, dance and vocal courses are run to assist in this aim and to further develop communication skills. 
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 Cultural

Daily creativity workshops are run by volunteer  teachers and these are run along the line of the theme of the camp designed to enable students and teachers to better express themselves and develop social skills. Recent example have included improvised drama on a theme, Scottish Country Dancing, creative arts, film-making, and dramatisation of classical literature and mythical stories. The creativity workshops run for one hour every afternoon and are carefully coordinated and supervised by a native English speaker who has been attending the programme for many years.
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 Entertainment

Each camp has a specific role-play theme which permeates all activities. Daily evening shows develop this theme and provide a venue for drawing together all the camp activities. There is a healthy competition between the teams of teachers and students and points are keenly awarded or deducted from teams for creativity, participation, discipline and all aspects of daily life.
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Lessons

 

 Native English speakers from many countries are brought to the camp to interact and share their experiences with all present. Professional teachers attending include those from the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, France, Spain, Finland, Australia, the United States, Canada and Poland. Daily they teach English to small classes of carefully grouped students according to age and ability. These lessons are prepared in advance by the teachers and according to the daily theme of the camp; and the teachers are co-ordinated daily by a native English speaker of thirty years' teaching experience who reports daily to the Director. The content of the lessons is designed to be interesting and fun as well as educational, ranging in content from simple oral/vocabulary activities and games suitable for complete beginners to the most advanced requirements of the University entrance exams. Recent examples of the daily theme are: films, topical events, social issues, sports and hobbies.  peter_thomas_teaching_a_class.jpg
 Students may also choose one other language to study during the camp: recent second languages always included French and often German, Spanish and sometimes Japanese and Arabic are offered according to the skills of the teachers.   jonathan_simon_after_his_french_class.jpg
 We also attract international students from schools and universities the world over who wish to attend the programme to improve their Russian Language skills. Recently these have included several students of school age from Sweden and America. Students have attended from the leading Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Trinity College, Dublin and St. Andrew's, Edinburgh.  ben_griffiths_learning_russian.jpg
 At the end of the camp diplomas and certificates are awarded to every student according to ability and achievement.  

 

 

Program

students.jpgFor many years our Educational Center “Cosmopolitan” has run highly successful and unique educational and cultural programs in delightful countryside outside Novosibirsk. At the Summer Camps from June through to August children and students from all over Siberia are brought together to study English and other languages under the guidance of both Russian and volunteer teachers from all over the world, and international students from all the different countries join the program to learn the Russian language and get exciting first-hand cultural experiences.

For the past few years volunteer teachers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Fiji, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States of America, as well as university students and school children from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Greece and Switzerland have participated in our programs. It is a fact that many students and teachers return to our programs year after year as testament to the success of the program.

  In the summer we run 'LINKING THE PLANET' International Summer surroundings.jpgLanguage Camp. It is an educational multi-cultural program that our Educational Centre "Cosmopolitan" runs in a picturesque wooded area outside of the city of Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia, in four consecutive two-week sessions, with participation of local Russian children, youth and adults, and volunteer teachers and international students from around the globe.


  The DATES of the four sessions of the summer camp are as follows:
Session 1 (the ALTAI session) - June 17th until June 30th
Session 2 - July 5th until July 18th
Session 3 (the ALTAI session) - July 26th until August 8th

Prospective participants choose themselves which session(s) they want to attend. There is no limit of number of sessions attended. Participation in two and more sessions will certainly give you more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, stephen_beet_teaching_an_english_class.jpgenjoy a larger excursion, cultural and socializing program.

'LINKING THE PLANET' is a general conceptual theme for the summer camp. Each day of the program is thoroughly planned and has its own topic. The summer camp program combines language instruction (English, German, French, and other languages, for local Russian students, and RUSSIAN for overseas students and volunteer teachers) with organized activities (arts and crafts projects, workshops, music and drama, games and contests, art and drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows, sports and outdoor activities, excursions).

The program is a great chance for international participants to learn the Russian language and get a first-hand experience of the Russian culture. It provides the unique cultural opportunity of daily interaction with the Russian children, youth and adults. The RUSSIAN COURSE is organized for overseas students and volunteer teachers and includes language studies as well as learning about the Russian culture, history and society.
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We are looking for native speakers of English, German, French, Spanish and other languages, who would like to be VOLUNTEER TEACHERS of their language and/or VOLUNTEER CREATIVITY WORKSHOP COORDINATORS at our summer language camp. No previous teaching experience is required. University students are eligible to apply as volunteer teachers/creativity workshop coordinators. Teaching at the camp can also be considered as an
INTERNSHIP with all necessary paperwork and an on-site internship supervision provided. We are looking for people who are energetic, enthusiastic, open-minded, sociable, enjoy camp experiences, are willing to share their knowledge and culture.

We also seek people worldwide who are interested in the Russian language and culture (middle school through university STUDENTS, and ADULTS) and would like to participate in our Summer Language Camp as INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS of the Russian course.

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of the Russian culture and arts and involves some creative activity (dancing, singing, acting, drawing, arts and crafts, poetry, etc.), or participate in the "Live and Learn" Intercultural Conversational Russian Sessions, which take place outside of the classroom.

Volunteer teachers attend 3 Russian classes per day, except excursion days. 40-minute Russian classes are scheduled from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., in groups according to the teachers' levels of Russian.

A typical day at the camp is scheduled as follows:

9:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Classes (English/French/German/Russian language studies): 5
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1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. Creativity Workshops
3:30 p.m. Sports/Outdoor Activities
4:00 p.m. Snack
4:30 p.m. Russian classes for volunteer teachers (3 lessons 40 minutes each)
Activities for students
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Entertaining evening activity (show/performance/contest/party,
etc.)
9:30 p.m. Disco.

The camp lives a full cultural and social life. Every evening we have various entertaining competitions, shows, performances, presentations, parties, discos, etc. within the Camp theme and the daily program. Social outings (traditional Russian sauna - banya, barbecue, barbeque_on_the_beach.jpgsocializing and meetings in local communities, etc.) are scheduled for international participants being an extraordinarily enriching experience. For the sessions that are held in the Altai Mountains many exciting tourist activities are included into the programme, such as rafting, horseback riding, hiking, camping and excursions. For the session held near Novosibirsk a sightseeing programme in the administrative capital of Siberia is included into the internship programme.

On completion of the session, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized.

VOLUNTEER TEACHERS' and INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' RESPONSIBILITES:
- Roundtrip airfare to Novosibirsk.
- Obtaining the Russian visa and visa fees.
- Participation fee, which covers accommodation, meals, local transportation, exciting cultural program, excursions, etc.


PROGRAM FEATURES :

- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a recreational center facility which is situated in a picturesque area outside of Novosibirsk or in the Altai Mountains area, and provides rooms, volunteer_teachers_and_international_students_in_a_role_play_at_the_summer_camp_2008.jpgclassrooms, recreational facilities.

- 5 classes of Russian daily for international students, 3 classes of Russian daily for volunteer teachers, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners.

- Exciting cultural and recreational program: contests and competitions, shows, performances, disco, etc.

- Sports and outdoor activities.

- Excursion program: a guided tour of the largest Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk.

- Visa support (letter of invitation and registration upon arrival).
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Airfare, visa fee, medical insurance, pocket money are not included in the participation fee and should also be paid by international participants. Of course we realize that this program involves large financial investments of the foreign participants in terms of the airfare and the participation fee with no compensation on our end. You should understand that this is a non-profit self-supported project, and the participation fee goes to cover the expenses on accommodation, meals, excursions, local transportation, tuition, cultural program, etc. for our international participants. It's still considerably less expensive than a regular tour with a travel agency would cost, but provides much more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, share professional knowledge and moral values, etc.

We highly appreciate the valuable contribution to our program that all our international participants make. We always make sure that everyone is fully satisfied and pleased with the visit. Our goal is that you have the most
enjoyable and worthwhile experience possible during your stay with us.

 

 

 

Aims of the Camp


1. Through educational, social, cultural, entertainment and health-promoting activities the programme seeks to provide a unique learning and play experience designed to develop the whole person .

2. The programme is unique in bringing native English speakers and speakers of other languages to Siberia to live and work in a residential setting with Russian students and teachers. This structured residential system seeks to develop language, social, communicative, educational, cultural and health-promoting skills to all participants in an interesting way according to age and ability.camp


3. The aims of the programme are achieved through the use of role-play, creativity workshops and activities which, in addition to the structured lessons, more than provide for a truly unique and beneficial experience which is not to be missed.

International Summer Language Camp

For many years our Educational Center “Cosmopolitan” has run highly successful and unique educational and cultural programs in delightful countryside outside Novosibirsk. At the Summer Camps from June through to August children and students from all over Siberia are brought together to study English and other languages under the guidance of both Russian and volunteer teachers from all over the world, and international students from all the different countries join the program to learn the Russian language and get exciting first-hand cultural experiences.

For the past few years volunteer teachers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chekh Republic, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Fiji, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States of America, as well as university students and school children from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Greece and Switzerland have participated in our programs. 

It is a fact that many students and teachers return to our programs year after year as testament to the success of the program.

    In the summer we run 'LINKING THE PLANET' International Summer Language Camp. It is an educational multi-cultural program that our Educational Centre "Cosmopolitan" runs in a picturesque wooded area in the Altai Krai, in the Altai Republic and in delightful countryside just outside Novosibirsk, with participation of local Russian children, youth and adults, and volunteer teachers and international students from around the globe.


    The DATES of 2017 summer camp sessions are as follows:
Session 1 - June 16th until June 29th (The ALTAI Krai summer camp session)
Session 2 - June 29th until July 12th (The ALTAI Republic summer camp session)
Session 3 - July 16th until July 26th (Novosibirsk session)

Session 4 - July 26th until August 5th (Novosibirsk session)                                                                                                                                                                                         

Prospective participants choose themselves which session(s) they want to attend. There is no limit of number of sessions attended. Participation in two and more sessions will certainly give you more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, enjoy a larger excursion, cultural and socializing program.


'LINKING THE PLANET' is a general conceptual theme for the summer camp. Each day of the program is thoroughly planned and has its own topic. The summer camp program combines language instruction (English, German, French, and other languages, for local Russian students, and RUSSIAN for overseas students and volunteer teachers) with organized activities (arts and crafts projects, workshops, music and drama, games and contests, art and drawing, inventive engaging performances and shows, sports and outdoor activities, excursions).

The program is a great chance for international participants to learn the Russian language and get a first-hand experience of the Russian culture. It provides the unique cultural opportunity of daily interaction with the Russian children, youth and adults. The RUSSIAN COURSE is organized for overseas students and volunteer teachers and includes language studies as well as learning about the Russian culture, history and society.

We are looking for native speakers of English, German, French, Spanish and other languages, who would like to be VOLUNTEER TEACHERS of their language and/or VOLUNTEER CREATIVITY WORKSHOP COORDINATORS at our summer language camp. No previous teaching experience is required. University students are eligible to apply as volunteer teachers/creativity workshop coordinators. Teaching at the camp can also be considered as an INTERNSHIP with all necessary paperwork and an on-site internship supervision provided. We are looking for people who are energetic, enthusiastic, open-minded, sociable, enjoy camp experiences, are willing to share their knowledge and culture.

We also seek people worldwide who are interested in the Russian language and culture (middle school through university STUDENTS, and ADULTS) and would like to participate in our Summer Language Camp as INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS of the Russian course.

International students of the Russian course have 5 Russian language classes daily, except excursion days, in the morning. In the afternoon the students attend a Creativity Workshop, which comprises some creative activities (dancing, singing, acting, drawing, arts and crafts, poetry, etc.).

Volunteer teachers attend 3 Russian classes per day, except excursion days. 40-minute Russian classes are scheduled in the afternoon in small groups according to the teachers' levels of Russian.

A typical day at the camp is scheduled as follows:

9:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Classes (English/French/German/Russian language studies): 5
lessons 35 minutes each with 5-minute breaks
1:30 p.m. Lunch
3:00 p.m. Sports/Outdoor Activities/Beach time
5:00 p.m. Snack
5:15 p.m. Creativity Workshops

6:15 p.m. Preparation for the evening program
7:30 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Entertaining evening activity (show/performance/contest/party, etc.)
9:30 p.m. Disco/Teams' gatherings ("candles")

The camp lives a full cultural and social life. Every evening we have various entertaining competitions, shows, performances, presentations, parties, discos, etc. within the Camp theme and the daily program. 

For the sessions that are held in the Altai Mountains many exciting tourist activities are included into the programme, such as rafting, horseback riding, hiking, camping and excursions. For the session held near Novosibirsk a sightseeing programme in the administrative capital of Siberia is included into the internship programme.


VOLUNTEER TEACHERS' and INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' RESPONSIBILITES:
- Roundtrip airfare to Novosibirsk.
- Obtaining the Russian visa and visa fees.
- Participation fee, which covers accommodation, meals, local transportation, exciting cultural program, excursions, etc.


PROGRAM FEATURES :

- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a recreational center facility which is situated in a picturesque area outside of Novosibirsk or in the Altai Mountains area (for the first and the third sessions), and provides rooms, classrooms, recreational facilities.

- 5 classes of Russian daily for international students, 3 classes of Russian daily for volunteer teachers, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners.

- Exciting cultural and recreational program: contests and competitions, shows, performances, disco, etc.

- Sports and outdoor activities.

- Excursion program: a guided tour of the largest Siberian city of Novosibirsk for the session helad near Novosibirsk; touristic activities according to the daily program for the session held in the Altai mountains.

- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk; transportation from Novosibirsk to the camp in the Altai Mountains for the first session.

- Visa support (letter of invitation and registration upon arrival).

Airfare, visa fee, medical insurance, pocket money are not included in the participation fee and should also be paid by international participants. Of course we realize that this program involves large financial investments of the foreign participants in terms of the airfare and the participation fee with no compensation on our end. You should understand that this is a non-profit self-supported project, and the participation fee goes to cover the expenses on accommodation, meals, excursions, local transportation, tuition, cultural program, etc. for our international participants. It's still considerably less expensive than a regular tour with a travel agency would cost, but provides much more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, share professional knowledge and moral values, etc.

We highly appreciate the valuable contribution to our program that all our international participants make. We always make sure that everyone is fully satisfied and pleased with the visit. Our goal is that you have the most enjoyable and worthwhile experience possible during your stay with us.

 

 

 

10 GOOD REASONS

10 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY AT “COSMOPOLITAN” EDUCATIONAL CENTER

1. QUALITY

We are dedicated to providing you with the best program options possible. 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.

2. PROGRAMME VARIETY

Our School offers high quality Russian language courses and cultural study, provides volunteer opportunities and internships, runs international summer schools and winter camps for children and teenagers, organizes tourist programmes. You will definitely find some form of activity, which interests you and meets your needs, expectations and budgets. We welcome people of all ages from all over the world.

3. LOCATION

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 famed for.

4. METHODOLOGY

The individual communicative approach and complete language and cultural immersion that we apply in our school are the most effective methods of language learning. The focus is made on the integration of all the four language learning components and skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and the emphasis on communication. The aim of our methodology is to make you comfortable using your new language in the practical situations that you encounter in everyday life.

5. SMALL CLASS or PRIVATE TUTORING

We know how important it is to use a language that one is learning. That is why we limit our class size to no more than four students, in order to maximize student participation. Students are carefully placed according to their Russian language skill and experience to assure maximum participation. One-to-one tuition guarantees fast progress and an optimal focus on needed language skills.

6. FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

You can arrive and start the course at any time convenient for you, and stay for as long as you wish. You can choose the number of hours you want to study per day, and take classes during the time of day you prefer.

7. PERFECT BALANCE

of classroom time, practical conversation in real life situations and cultural experiences.

8. HOST FAMILY PROGRAMME

Our host families are carefully selected by our staff in order to provide the student with comfortable and friendly accommodations. Host family also participate in your learning process through discussion sessions that are scheduled within your homestay.

9. EXCURSIONS

Our programmes include exciting and interesting afternoon excursions that enable students to learn more about the city, as well as to practice their Russian in real life situations. During the weekend and on completion of the course, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized. This program, being flexible, diversified and including many stimulating learning activities, is an extraordinarily enriching and rewarding experience.

10. AFFORDABLE PRICES

We are committed to offer a variety of high quality programmes that exactly fit your needs, but are also reasonably priced and affordable to people with different budgeting abilities.

 

 

 

Summer Program

International Summer Language Camp

Immerse yourself in a new community and culture, not simply as a tourist, but as a part of an international team. Join a group of volunteers and international students from different countries, spend 2-6 weeks at the International Summer Language Camp and come home with a reward that lasts longer than an ordinary paycheck! You may be the only representative of your country in the international team, but this will inevitably accelerate cultural awareness. The key to experiencing these projects is keeping an open mind, staying flexible, being involved, and having fun!


having_fun_in_siberia.jpgPROGRAMME DATES
First Session (the ALTAI Krai summer camp session)

June 16th until June 29th

Second Session (the ALTAI Republic summer camp session)

June 29th until July 12th

Third Session (the intensive Russian study session in the city of Novosibirsk)

July 13th until July 26th 

There is no limit of number of sessions attended. Participation in two and more sessions rather than just one will certainly give you more opportunities to experience the culture, learn the language, interact with people, enjoy a larger excursion, cultural and socializing program.


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Specialized language classes (English, French, German etc.) for Russian children, individual and group projects and Creativity Workshops, intensive course of the Russian language and culture for international participants, sports, social and cultural activities, excursions are scheduled within the Camp program For more details on the programme click here.


RUSSIAN COURSE for international participants
Structured Russian language classes are incorporated into the volunteer placements and the Russian study programme for international students. For more details on the Russian course, click here.
Interacting and speaking with local people is the fastest and most effective means of learning a language, and knowledge of other cultures is priceless.


EXCURSIONS
The programme includes exciting and interesting outings and excursions that enable volunteers to learn more about the city of Novosibirsk and the Russian culture, as well as to practice their Russian in real life situations. For the sessions that are held in the Altai Mountains many exciting tourist activities are included into the programme, such as rafting, horseback riding, hiking, camping and excursions. For the session held near Novosibirsk a sightseeing programme in the administrative capital of Siberia is included into the internship programme.On completion of the session, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized. This programme, being flexible, diversified and including many stimulating learning activities, is an extraordinarily enriching and rewarding experience.
students_performing_a_song_in_russian.jpgTo learn more about Novosibirsk and its places of interest click here.
To learn more about other historically and culturally important destinations you can visit click here.

PARTICIPATION FEE
International participants are responsible for their airfare, visa and medical insurance, and pay participation fee which includes:
- Accommodation and full board (3 meals a day + a snack) in a summer camp facility located in a picturesque area in the Altai krai or in the Altai Republic area.
- Transportation from/to the local airport in Novosibirsk; transportation from Novosibirsk to the camp and return.
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation and registration on arrival).
- Exciting cultural, social and recreational programme within the Camp schedule ( contests and competitions, shows, discos, sports).
- Excursion program: touristic program in the Altai Mooluntains for the second camp session.
- 3 classes of Russian daily for international interns and volunteer teachers except for excursion days, classes are taught by well-educated native speakers trained to teach foreigners.
    For information on the Participation fees for the summer 2017, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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You will get an incredible experience that will open your mind and heart in ways many only dream about.

ACCOMMODATIONS


russian_meal_with_traditional_borsch_soup.jpgWe believe that for a program of language tuition to be successful, you must live the language you are learning, and complete isolation from your own language is the only sure way to rapid progress.


We suggest you get immersed in the Russian language 24 hours a day, and live with a hospitable Russian family, who will provide you with a room and three meals a day (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner). Our host families are carefully selected by our staff in order to provide the student with comfortable and friendly accommodations.


Host family also participate in your learning process through discussion sessions that are scheduled within your homestay (normally two sessions per week). Topics for discussion are structured according to your interests and focus on daily life, family traditions, current events in Russia, etiquette, cultural studies, etc.


We know that your homestay is a large part of your study abroad experience with us and we want it to be the best possible.


Hotel accommodation and apartment rent are also available on request.

 

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Cultural and Social Programme


near_zhyli-byli_russian_restaurant.jpgThe cultural and social programme is viewed as educational and entertaining part of the students' study programme and is aimed at:
Getting to know the Russian culture and various aspects of every-day life;
Extending and deepening existing knowledge of the Russian language and use of it in real life situations.

Peculiarity of our courses consists in combination of individual intensive tuition and extensive social and cultural programs, and this is what makes our Russian studies programs different from the ones offered by other schools. Our standard course also includes dynamic "live and learn" intercultural conversational sessions, which take place outside of the classroom in the afternoons three days per week (usually on Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

These sessions are designed so that students must use the Russian that they have been learning in class, but in real-life situations. With the assistance of their teacher or the program coordinator, students carry out everyday tasks in Russian, such as shopping, going directions.jpgto the bank, buying stamps to mail a postcard, asking for directions, and asking for specific information, etc.

This is a unique opportunity for students to build their confidence in the language and gain insights into the society. This part of the program is very intensive, effective, and fun. It gives you an excellent opportunity to experience different parts of the city and activities you might miss otherwise. You will be able to hear and use Russian in "the real world", with your own personal instructor to help you and make sure this is common and useful language that will really have you feeling like part of the community.

In addition to learning the Russian language, the cultural program of the school, being flexible, diversified and including many stimulating learning activities, is an extraordinarily enriching and rewarding experience. Within the Russian studies programme the school organizes at least two outings a week, such as tours of the city and visits to museums/galleries/theaters/concert halls, etc. We also help students to plan their own social activities if they want to do in_the_regional_studies_museum.jpgsomething extra like to go to a swimming pool or a gym, visit a cinema or some sports events in the city. During the weekend and on completion of the course, excursions to other historically and culturally important destinations can be organized.

Upon arrival in Novosibirsk you will receive a list of excursions scheduled within your Russian studies programme, and also a list of extra cultural and social activities that can be organized by the school at additional cost. Our programme coordinator works individually with each student to organize various after-class activities and provide extensive weekend leisure options for the students.

To learn more about Novosibirsk and its places of interest click here.

To learn more about other historically and culturally important destinations you can visit click here.

 

 

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METHODOLOGY

METHODOLOGY


The aim of our methodology is to make you comfortable using your new language in the practical situations that you encounter in everyday life. We believe that the individual communicative approach and complete language and cultural immersion, that we apply in our school, are the most effective methods of language learning.


The individual approach speeds up the learning process and focuses on the needs of the particular student. The student is encouraged to specify by completing a "needs analysis" prior to arrival whether he/she has any particular topics/fields of interest that should be covered during the course. This provides the teacher with an idea of the participant’s goals and allows to pre-select materials and establish a study plan.


We tailor-design a special curriculum based on an assessment of your language needs, interests, and the written test and oral interview you take during your first day. The focus is made on the integration of all the four language learning components and skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and the emphasis on communication.


We use the direct approach which means that the student and the teacher speak only in the language being learned, and this forces you to think in your new language. At the same time, if you face a serious problem in understanding, all our teachers speak English and other languages, and can explain the most difficult language issues in your native language.

EVALUATION


Your teacher is constantly evaluating your progress through regular homework, a feedback session every Friday, which is used to discuss the previous week and the plans for the following week, and a weekly quiz on the language learned that week. Regular and end of course tests are given to each student to evaluate the language level reached.


In addition to the ongoing teacher evaluation, the Program Director is constantly monitoring your course to assure that you are not only learning as quickly as possible, but that you are also enjoying your stay with your host family and taking advantage of the many activities and excursions offered by the school.


Our goal is that you have the most enjoyable experience possible during your stay with us, and that you progress in the language you are learning as quickly as you can. As proof of your efforts you receive a certificate at the end of your course.

 





Russian Courses


1. GENERAL RUSSIAN LANGUAGE COURSE

Our standard course consists of 25 academic hours per week (five 40-minute Russian classes taught daily Monday through Friday) in a small size class (max. 5 students/group) or with a private language tutor, plus 3 one-and-a-half-hour Intercultural Conversational Sessions per week.


The objective of the course is for students to acquire elementary/intermediate/advanced proficiency in spoken and written Russian, focusing particularly on grammatical accuracy and oral communication in practical settings.


The Course Outline:

- development of proper pronunciation and intonation habits,

- acquiring communicative speech skills and development of the student's oral comprehension,

- systematical study of essential Russian grammar, lexical and grammar phrase formation, use of proper sentence structure,

- vocabulary expansion, vocabulary being introduced gradually and systematically,

- accumulation of the cultural country knowledge with the aim of understanding social background,

- reading and comprehension of the Russian texts,

- building up writing skills.


Peculiarity of our course consists in combination of individual intensive tuition and extensive social and cultural programs, and this is what makes our Russian studies programs different from the ones offered by other schools.


Our standard course also includes dynamic "Live and Learn" Intercultural Conversational Sessions, which take place outside of the classroom in the afternoons three days per week (usually on Monday, Wednesday and Friday). These sessions are designed so that students must use the Russian that they have been learning in class, but in real-life situations. With the assistance of their teacher or the program coordinator, students carry out everyday tasks in Russian, such as shopping, going to the bank, buying stamps to mail a postcard, asking for directions, and asking for specific information, etc.


This is a unique opportunity for students to build their confidence in the language and gain insights into the society. This part of the program is very intensive, effective, and fun. It gives you an excellent opportunity to experience different parts of the city and activities you might miss otherwise. You will be able to hear and use Russian in "the real world", with your own personal instructor to help you and make sure this is common and useful language that will really have you feeling like part of the community.


  You can start the course at any time convenient for you and stay for as long as you wish. To get the pricing information for the year 2016/2017 and receive the application materials, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



2. BUSINESS RUSSIAN COURSE

This course is designed for professionals who use or intend to use Russian in their business to allow foreign specialists to successfully navigate the expanding world of business in Russia.


This course follows the structural pattern of the General Russian Language Course (25 academic hours per week plus 3 one-and-a-half-hour Intercultural Conversational Sessions per week), provides a foundation of the Russian language knowledge, and emphasizes business and commercial vocabularies and business communication.


Students develop the skills and confidence necessary to negotiate business agreements, make business contracts, maintain correspondence, make presentations, etc., which will allow them to carry out the daily requirements and demands of successful business in Russia.


On request, first-hand working experience in a real-life environment can be provided with Russian companies or organizations related to the student’s field of academic study or career.


  You can start the course at any time convenient for you and stay for as long as you wish. To get the pricing information for the year 2016/2017 and receive the application materials, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



3. EXAM PREPARATION RUSSIAN COURSE

This course is designed to help prepare students for the certificate examination needed to enter Russian Universities and Colleges. This course has been prepared with a focus on both the basics of Russian and the speaking, listening, reading, and writing styles necessary for academic communication. Minimum length of stay is 6 months.


  To get the pricing information for the year 2016/2017 and receive the application materials, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



OTHER COURSES on Russian Culture, Literature, History, Politics, Economy, Professional Development, etc. ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

 

 

 

ALL YEAR ROUND RUSSIAN COURSES


1. GENERAL RUSSIAN LANGUAGE COURSE
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Our standard course consists of 25 academic hours per week (five 40-minute Russian classes taught daily Monday through Friday) in a small size class (max. 5 students/group) or with a private language tutor, plus 3 one-and-a-half-hour Intercultural Conversational Sessions per week.


The objective of the course is for students to acquire elementary/intermediate/advanced proficiency in spoken and written Russian, focusing particularly on grammatical accuracy and oral communication in practical settings.


The Course Outline:

- development of proper pronunciation and intonation habits,

- acquiring communicative speech skills and development of the student's oral international_students_singing_a_russian_song.jpgcomprehension,

- systematical study of essential Russian grammar, lexical and grammar phrase formation, use of proper sentence structure,

- vocabulary expansion, vocabulary being introduced gradually and systematically,

- accumulation of the cultural country knowledge with the aim of understanding social background,

- reading and comprehension of the Russian texts,

- building up writing skills.


Peculiarity of our course consists in combination of individual intensive tuition and extensive social and cultural programs, and this is what makes our Russian studies programs different from the ones offered by other schools.


lenin_square.jpgOur Russian course can also include dynamic "Live and Learn" Intercultural Conversational Sessions, which take place outside of the classroom in the afternoons three days per week (usually on Monday, Wednesday and Friday). These sessions are designed so that students must use the Russian that they have been learning in class, but in real-life situations. With the assistance of their teacher or the program coordinator, students carry out everyday tasks in Russian, such as shopping, going to the bank, buying stamps to mail a postcard, asking for directions, and asking for specific information, etc. 


This is a unique opportunity for students to build their confidence in the language and gain insights into the society. This part of the program is very intensive, effective, and fun. It gives you an excellent opportunity to experience different parts of the city and activities you might miss otherwise. You will be able to hear and use Russian in "the real world", with your own personal instructor to help you and make sure this is common and useful language that will really have you feeling like part of the community.


You can start the course at any time convenient for you and stay for as long as you practising_dialogues_in_russian.jpgwish. To get the pricing information for the year 2016/2017 and receive the application materials, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



2. BUSINESS RUSSIAN COURSE

This course is designed for professionals who use or intend to use Russian in their business to allow foreign specialists to successfully navigate the expanding world of business in Russia.


This course follows the structural pattern of the General Russian Language Course (25 academic hours per week plus 3 one-and-a-half-hour Intercultural Conversational Sessions per week), provides a foundation of the Russian language knowledge, and emphasizes business and commercial vocabularies and business communication.


Students develop the skills and confidence necessary to negotiate business individual_course.jpgagreements, make business contracts, maintain correspondence, make presentations, etc., which will allow them to carry out the daily requirements and demands of successful business in Russia.


On request, first-hand working experience in a real-life environment can be provided with Russian companies or organizations related to the student’s field of academic study or career.


    You can start the course at any time convenient for you and stay for as long as you wish. To get the pricing information for the year 2016/2017 and receive the application materials, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



3. EXAM PREPARATION RUSSIAN COURSE

This course is designed to help prepare students for the certificate examination needed to enter Russian Universities and Colleges. This course has been prepared receiving_certificates.jpgwith a focus on both the basics of Russian and the speaking, listening, reading, and writing styles necessary for academic communication. Minimum length of stay is 6 months.


    To get the pricing information for the year 2016/2017 and receive the application materials, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



OTHER COURSES on Russian Culture, Literature, History, Politics, Economy, Professional Development, etc. ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.










Volunteer opportunities

 
honouring_volunteers.jpgThere are people who desire vacations that are more culturally orientated and productive than idling on the beach.
 
  • Have you always wanted to add some meaning to an overseas adventure?
  • Do you want a new, challenging experience?
  • Do you like to meet people from other countries and get your energy from working towards a goal as part of a team?
  • Are you willing to gain experience, improve communication abilities, and develop skills that will help in your future employment?
  • Have you ever daydreamed about gaining insight into the Russian culture and life in a way no traveler could?

If ‘yes’ is the answer, then our volunteer opportunities is the best way for you to spend a vacation. Check on our summer volunteer program, winter volunteer program and year-round volunteer opportunities.


To read about our former volunteers’ experiences, click here
 
 

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Director’s Welcome Message


image004 1DEAR 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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email 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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Пример новости 1

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Пример новости 2

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Пример новости 4

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Пример FAQ 1

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Пример FAQ 2

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