A program tailored to the needs of young people looking to immerse themselves in Russian society, build professional skills, and improve their Russian. Whether you are a freshman just starting to learn Russian, a senior with Russian fluency, or someone simply eager to discover modern Russia, this program is for you.
- Start dates: mid-June or mid-July
- Duration: 4 or 8* weeks
When you arrive in Moscow, someone from our organization will meet you and your fellow volunteers at the airport and will make sure that you get to your host city. Once in your host city, you and your fellow volunteers will have a two-day orientation to get you acquainted with your surroundings.
After that, for four (or eight) weeks, you will be responsible for teaching conversational English at a local language school. During this time, you will live with a host family, which will give you a place to sleep, food to eat, and a unique perspective on the world around you.
At the language school, depending on your skill level and preferences, you will either work with your own group of students, or will be made a teaching assistant. Your students may be kids or adults or both, and your schedule will include two to three hours of teaching per day with the weekends off.
To give you a chance to relax, meet new friends, and learn about your host society, every few days we will have organized excursions around the city and the region. In the past, we’ve gone to museums, to the river, and to neighboring cities, explored a local monastery, eaten traditional Russian food in a country home, among other activities.
You will also have some free time to explore your host city, take some time for yourself, or to spend it with your new Russian friends and fellow volunteers.
To learn more about the logistics of the program, visit the Essentials page.