Alternative Spring Break in Vladimir and Murom

Alternative Spring Break in Vladimir and Murom (March 2012) – Service Learning Volunteer Work in Two Ancient Russian Cities


Help paint and fix-up the Vladimir Youth Health and Education Center, work with at-risk Russian children and teenagers, participate in youth club activities. The Vladimir Youth Health and Education Center works with educational, law enforcement, family, and other community organizations to promote healthy living, positive prevention of harmful behavior, provide psychological and pedagogical help to families and educators, and assistance to handicapped children.


Work with Russian law students at the Murom Institute (Vladimir State University) to improve their English skills, participate in mock trials, share your personal understanding of Western legal systems. Help a new generation of legal specialists build a more equitable Russian judicial system. During the Soviet period Murom was a closed city. Today it remains isolated from traditional tourist routes. Foreign language faculty and students are eager for contact with native English speakers.

DATES: March 2012 (March 3-11, March 10-18, March 17-25)

HOUSING: Homestays (with delicious home-cooked breakfasts and dinners)

EXCURSIONS: Excursions in each city and to surrounding sights, for example to Suzdal (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

$900-1,000, depending on the number of participants; Includes room and board, excursions, transportation from/to Moscow, visa invitation, basic Russian language lessons, on-site administrative support; Does not include visa application expenses ($220), airfare, lunches, public transportation in Vladimir ($0.45/ride), health/travel insurance

LEADERS: In Vladimir – David Johnson (Lecturer in Russian, Vanderbilt University) and/or English language students from Vladimir State University; In Murom – English language faculty and students from the Murom Institute

GROUP SIZE: 5-10 participants (a minimum of 5 participants is required for each group)

Application Deadlines: October 15 and November 1, 2011

To Apply:

1) by October 15 email Dr. Ron Pope, Founder and President, Serendipity-Russia (The American Home),, and David Johnson, Lecturer in Russian, Vanderbilt University,,

2) by November 1 mail a $500 deposit to Dr. Ron Pope, 1403 Kingsridge Drive, Normal, IL 61761-2860 and

3) Send a scanned copy of the picture and data pages of your passport to David Johnson (for your Russian visa invitation)

Experience the warmth and beauty of ancient, provincial Russia! Volunteer to make a positive difference!

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