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The stories we hear from our volunteers about Russia are always the same -- how friendly, warm, safe, and welcoming the experience is. One phrase always stands out: “I have to come back.” This webinar …

The stories we hear from our volunteers about Russia are always the same -- how friendly, warm, safe, and welcoming the experience is. One phrase always stands out: “I have to come back.” This webinar talks about what makes the largest country in the world, also one of the most mysterious countries. There's also an alumni panel discussion with CCS Russia alumni Joseph Reeves (four-week volunteer) and Janice Drake (two-week volunteer).

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  • 1. Volunteering in Russia: Fall In Love with Russia
  • 2. Agenda• Introductions• Eliminating the Mystery: History of Russia• Why volunteers always want to return! (Alumni panel)• Program Details and CCS Russia Info• Questions and Answers from Audience
  • 3. IntroductionsCassandra (Кассандра) Tomkin Director of Operations CCS Russia alum Kemper (Кемпер) O’Neill Program Advisor CCS Costa Rica alum Joseph (Иосиф) Reeves CCS Russia alum, 2002 Janet (Дженет) Drake CCS Russia alum, 2011
  • 4. Eliminating the Mystery:History of Russia “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” - Winston Churchill
  • 5. The Romanovs The Romanov family came to power in 1613, and was the second & last imperial dynasty to rule Russia.Catherine the The end of the Great Romanov Dynasty 1682-1725 Peter the Great 1682-1725
  • 6. The RevolutionA series of revolutions ensued in 1917. In October, the Bolshevikparty, led by Lenin, overthrew the government in St. Petersburg.They later became the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. • A 10-hour workday 6 days a week was the norm • Harsh discipline, which could include beatings • No ownership of land worked by the former serfs • Massive overcrowding – a 1904 survey showed 16 people sharing one apartment on average
  • 7. Soviet RuleDeath of people who opposed (or seemed to oppose)communism and the new party through massexecutions, death camps, or famine.Russian Famines1921 & 1932-33The Russian economy was destroyed, and the Rublelost 96% of it’s value. Cities began to run out of fooddue to economic decline. Some reports say that faminewas used as a political weapon of control.
  • 8. The People’s WarRussia was led by Stalin during WWII, who largely ignored thesigns of an impending German attack. In the summer of 1941,Russia was invaded, first in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). 900 Days & 900 Nights: The Blockade of St. Petersburg
  • 9. The Fall of Communism After Gorbachev’s failure at perestroika, Yeltsin came into power and dissolved the USSR.The 90s: Economic Shocks• 75% of Russians began growing their own food to survive• Life expectancy dropped• $1-$2 billion in capital left Russia each month• The number of people in poverty rose from 14 million to 147 million
  • 10. Russian Culture
  • 11. Russian Culture
  • 12. Russian Culture “The Russian Soul”“West and east, Pacific and Atlantic, Arctic and tropics,extreme cold and extreme heat, prolonged sloth andsudden feats of energy, exaggerated cruelty andexaggerated kindness, ostentatious wealth and dismalsqualor, violent xenophobia and uncontrollable yearningfor contact with the foreign world, vast power and mostabject slavery, simultaneous love and hate for the sameobjects… the Russian does not reject thesecontradictions. He has learned to live with them, and inthem. To him, they are the spice of life.” - George F. Kennan
  • 13. Russian Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecAverage High Temperature (°F) 17 21 32 48 64 70 74 70 59 45 32 21Average Low Temperature (°F) 4 3 16 32 43 50 54 51 43 33 22 11Average Precipitation (mm) 37 27 26 40 52 65 84 64 55 52 46 43Rainy Days 10 7 8 8 9 10 11 10 10 11 11 12
  • 14. Why VolunteersAlways want to Return!Alumni Panel Discussion
  • 15. CCS in Russia
  • 16. Yaroslavl, • Volunteer and Intern Abroad Russia • 2-11 Week ProgramsЯросла́вль • Lower Program Fee for 2012 Russia enrollmentsQuick Facts:•2010 marked the 1000th anniversary!•Population: 800,000•Five hours to Moscow•On the Golden Ring of ancientRussian cities•Modern city but lots of natural beautyand architectural gems
  • 17. Yaroslavl, Russia Volunteering inЯросла́вль Multiple Placements
  • 18. Yaroslavl, Russia Why Winter Is Better!Яросла́вль • Another chance at Christmas! Russia Christmas is in January • Two New Year’s celebrations! • Skiing, sledding and snowmobile riding • Theatrical season – classical musicals or Jazz center performances • Visits to a local moose farm
  • 19. “It has changed my life, andanytime someone asks meabout it I usually find myselfcompletely speechless. It issomething I wish everyonecould experience.”“I had the time of my life. Irecommend going to Yaroslavlno matter how young or oldyou are. It is a hidden treasurein your life waiting to befound.”
  • 20. www.crossculturalsolutions.org Check out available start dates: www.crossculturalsolutions.org/startdatesNext Contact a Program Advisor 1-800-380-4777, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ESTSteps Kemper: kemper@crossculturalsolutions.org Ask personal questions, request alumni references, and get fundraising advice! Next Webinar: Summer Volunteering! www.crossculturalsolutions.org/webinars Stay In Touch Upcoming Info Sessions • San Diego, CA – 2/18 facebook.com/crossculturalsolutions • Virginia Beach, VA – 2/19 twitter.com/volunteerabroad • Manhattan, NY – 2/26 ccscommunity.org • St. Louis, MO – 2/27 youtube.com/ccsvolunteerabroad • Philadelphia, PA – 3/7 • Toronto, ON – 3/16