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


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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:

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:

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

  1. 1. Volunteering in Russia: Learn More from CCS Alumni
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Yaroslavl </li></ul><ul><li>Home-Base </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Placements </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural & Learning Activities and Free Time </li></ul><ul><li>Important Russia Details & Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introductions <ul><li>Claire </li></ul><ul><li>Gwyn </li></ul><ul><li>Sharon </li></ul><ul><li>Marge </li></ul><ul><li>Lauren </li></ul>
  4. 4. &quot;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.&quot; -Joseph, Russia volunteer Yaroslavl, Russia Яросла́вль <ul><li>Quick Facts: </li></ul><ul><li>2010 marked the 1000 th anniversary! </li></ul><ul><li>Pop: 800,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Five hours to Moscow </li></ul><ul><li>On the Golden Ring of ancient Russian cities </li></ul><ul><li>Modern city but lots of natural beauty and architectural gems </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>What is Yaroslavl like? </li></ul><ul><li>Safe and quiet </li></ul><ul><li>Grocery stores, pharmacies, kiosks, flower vendors and other shops </li></ul><ul><li>Trams provide a very convenient way to get around </li></ul><ul><li>There are lovely churches and scenic points along the Volga and Kotorosl River embankment </li></ul><ul><li>There are very important cultural places like Church of Elijah the Prophet </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Established in 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Programs: </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Abroad (2 to 11 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Insight Abroad (1 week) </li></ul><ul><li>Intern Abroad (4-11 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Area of focus: Social Services (also offer a focus in Russian Culture and Language if interested!) </li></ul>Highest re-enrollment rate of any program site!
  7. 7. In-Country Staff
  8. 8. Home-Base <ul><li>Apartments flats in 3-story apartment building, located in the district of Krasnoperekopsky close to the city center </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity is 25, bedrooms for 2-6 people </li></ul><ul><li>Have ability to reserve double or single rooms! </li></ul><ul><li>Computer, but internet café 20 minutes by tram </li></ul><ul><li>Washing Machine </li></ul>
  9. 9. Volunteer Placements: Partners & Issues <ul><li>Positive Childhood Development </li></ul><ul><li>Improving Quality of Life of Marginalized Elderly </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting People with Disabilities </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Each volunteer will work with multiple placements </li></ul><ul><li>Three hour shifts, often twice a day </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on craft-making/art therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Translators accompany volunteers </li></ul>Volunteer Placements: Unique Aspects
  11. 12. Cultural & Learning Activities <ul><li>Russian language lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Excursions to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yaroslavl city tour, museums, churches, kremlins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Golden Ring cities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moose Farm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lectures/guest speakers on Russian culture, history and the social services system </li></ul><ul><li>Cooking classes </li></ul>
  12. 14. Weekends & Free Time <ul><li>Travel can be expensive </li></ul><ul><li>$30-$50 weekly plus about $450 for each trip to Moscow or St. Petersburg. Local city trips are roughly $150. </li></ul>
  13. 15. Winter!
  14. 16. Important Russia Information <ul><li>Plan ahead! – enrollment deadline 8-10 weeks in advance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lengthy visa time-line (about $200) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health screening process – required medical tests due to the special permission we have to work in Russia’s social services system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Airport – fly into Moscow Sheremetyevo-2 International Airport (SVO) – Arrive before 3pm on the start date </li></ul>
  15. 17. Next Steps <ul><li>Look at available dates (2011 & 2012) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer dates still available: Aug 7, Aug 21 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Call a Program Enrollment Manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1-800-380-4777 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. Questions?