Are you itching to practice your Russian or Ukrainian language skills with native speakers? Do you want to bring resources to the remote communities of Siberia? Would you rather work to preserve the rich history of St. Petersburg? Volunteering in Russia is a unique experience, and there is a range of programs available to students seeking a bit of adventure in their resumes. If you choose to participate in a volunteer in Russia program, you may have the chance to develop your professional experience while effecting positive change in a community that needs help regaining stability or access to resources.
Learn the Language and Culture
Through the many volunteer Russia programs available, you have the chance to immerse yourself in the Russian language and culture. If you so choose, you may also elect to develop your Ukrainian language and culture skills. If you’ve already been studying Russian or Ukrainian for a while, you may have already been introduced to the cultural customs and common foods, but actually being there is a very different experience. Your textbooks come to life as you explore the famous sites, sounds and flavors you’ve learned about. Plus, you may finally have the chance to test out your grasp of idioms and even pick up a few unique phrases from the locals.
Choose the Perfect Volunteer in Russia Program Type for You
Do you want to work with children’s communities in the city? Do you want to serve as an intern at a non-profit organization? Do you want to have an academic component to your program to gain college credit? Would you like to gain work experience as an au pair? Volunteer work in Russia comes in many forms and you may select from a broad range of program types. Many programs combine volunteer work with academic or professional obligations. Others give you plenty of chance to sight see or travel around Russia and/or the Ukraine.
Decide How Long You Stay
Maybe you’ve got an important internship waiting for you in the fall or maybe you’re ready to take a yearlong break from academics. No matter how long you want to say, you might find a program that lasts the perfect amount of time. It’s common to see programs lasting a summer, semester or a year. Depending on the type of program you want, you may be able to find a Maymester or multiple year option. How long you stay may depend on what you want to accomplish while you’re in Russia. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s the best option for you.
Get Real International Work Experience
Many volunteer programs are either internships or paid work opportunities, which may give you valuable international work credentials. If you want to differentiate yourself after graduation, a volunteer trip abroad might be the perfect way to do just that. You may demonstrate to future employers your ability to adapt to new cultures and situations and you may bring a uniquely holistic perspective into the workplace. International experience looks great on any resume, especially if you’re a young professional getting started.
Work With Your Target Community
What kind of cause do you want to support? Do you want to work with children? Do you want to bring much needed resources to remote communities? Do you want to help preserve historic cultural traditions? If you have a cause that is close to your heart, you may be able to find a program that caters to the personal and/or academic interest. Volunteering abroad in Russia is an opportunity to delve into an international experience, so do your best to find the perfect program for you and your interests.