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CCS webinar presentation on the incredible experience our volunteers have volunteering abroad in Russia -- featuring CCS Russia alumni! ...

CCS webinar presentation on the incredible experience our volunteers have volunteering abroad in Russia -- featuring CCS Russia alumni!

To watch the webinar recording please visit: http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/media-center/webinars.aspx

Presenters:
Alexandra Raab, Program Enrollment Manager
Gwyn Knauer, Program Enrollment Manager

The topics of this webinar included:
Volunteer Placement - what volunteer work would be asked of me?
Cultural & Learning Activities - what activities would be/have been included?
Living Arrangements - what is a home base?
Weekend & "Free Time" Activities - what can we do on our own?
Presenter's personal volunteer experience

Learn more on volunteering abroad with CCS in Russia, and other countries: http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org

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Volunteer in Russica: Learn From CCS Alumni - CCS Webinar Presentation Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Volunteering in Russia: Learn More from CCS Alumni
  • 2. Agenda
    • Introductions
    • Yaroslavl
    • Home-Base
    • Volunteer Placements
    • Cultural & Learning Activities and Free Time
    • Important Russia Details & Next Steps
    • Q&A
  • 3. Introductions
    • Claire
    • Gwyn
    • Sharon
    • Marge
    • Lauren
  • 4. "I can't tell you how much I would like to go back to Russia. Not a day goes by that I don't dream a little of being there, even living there. You didn't tell me the place was going to hypnotize me." -Joseph, Russia volunteer Yaroslavl, Russia Яросла́вль
    • Quick Facts:
    • 2010 marked the 1000 th anniversary!
    • Pop: 800,000
    • Five hours to Moscow
    • On the Golden Ring of ancient Russian cities
    • Modern city but lots of natural beauty and architectural gems
  • 5.
    • What is Yaroslavl like?
    • Safe and quiet
    • Grocery stores, pharmacies, kiosks, flower vendors and other shops
    • Trams provide a very convenient way to get around
    • There are lovely churches and scenic points along the Volga and Kotorosl River embankment
    • There are very important cultural places like Church of Elijah the Prophet
  • 6.
    • Established in 2001
    • Programs:
    • Volunteer Abroad (2 to 11 weeks)
    • Insight Abroad (1 week)
    • Intern Abroad (4-11 weeks)
    • Area of focus: Social Services (also offer a focus in Russian Culture and Language if interested!)
    Highest re-enrollment rate of any program site!
  • 7. In-Country Staff
  • 8. Home-Base
    • Apartments flats in 3-story apartment building, located in the district of Krasnoperekopsky close to the city center
    • Capacity is 25, bedrooms for 2-6 people
    • Have ability to reserve double or single rooms!
    • Computer, but internet café 20 minutes by tram
    • Washing Machine
  • 9. Volunteer Placements: Partners & Issues
    • Positive Childhood Development
    • Improving Quality of Life of Marginalized Elderly
    • Supporting People with Disabilities
  • 10.
    • Each volunteer will work with multiple placements
    • Three hour shifts, often twice a day
    • Focus on craft-making/art therapy
    • Translators accompany volunteers
    Volunteer Placements: Unique Aspects
  • 11.  
  • 12. Cultural & Learning Activities
    • Russian language lessons
    • Excursions to
      • Yaroslavl city tour, museums, churches, kremlins
      • Other Golden Ring cities
      • Moose Farm
    • Lectures/guest speakers on Russian culture, history and the social services system
    • Cooking classes
  • 13.  
  • 14. Weekends & Free Time
    • Travel can be expensive
    • $30-$50 weekly plus about $450 for each trip to Moscow or St. Petersburg. Local city trips are roughly $150.
  • 15. Winter!
  • 16. Important Russia Information
    • Plan ahead! – enrollment deadline 8-10 weeks in advance
      • Lengthy visa time-line (about $200)
      • Health screening process – required medical tests due to the special permission we have to work in Russia’s social services system
    • Airport – fly into Moscow Sheremetyevo-2 International Airport (SVO) – Arrive before 3pm on the start date
  • 17. Next Steps
    • Look at available dates (2011 & 2012)
      • Summer dates still available: Aug 7, Aug 21
    • Call a Program Enrollment Manager
      • 1-800-380-4777
      • [email_address]
  • 18. Questions?
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