How to Volunteer in Russia

Russia Volunteer Opportunities

Before applying a lot of people are unsure whether Russia is a safe destination, please check latest safety information online. Sometimes images of the Cold War and people queing for loafs of bread can come to mind - but Russia is now a thriving country with a pulsating economy and some of the most wealthy people in the world live here. There are so many places to visit in your spare time too.


Location of Projects

There are placements throughout the country in places like:

  • Moscow
  • St Petersburg
  • Sochi
  • Kazan

This is a huge country and usually you might be placed somewhere depending on your interests or skills.

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How to Help

Most volunteer projects usually have a focus on the community, healthcare and education where you can help people, infrastructure and help contribute to a positive future. Thousands of people live in poverty in Russia, there is a huge gap between the rich and the poor and charities and local organisations offer placements to international staff. The overwhelming success of the World Cup and Sochi Olympic Games was partly due to the fact thousands of people volunteered to help tourists and keep everything running successfully. 


Food & Accommodation

Sometimes homestays are an option too which are a wonderful way to learn more about the country and people. Food in Russia is generally potatoes, meats, stews, soups and vegetables. Shared accommodation is usually provided in the placement you join where you will live with other participants. 


How to Apply

Volunteers come from all over the world to participate in Russia, you will need to be eligible for a tourist visa and you might need to pre arrange a placement.

You will need to be open to working in a whole new culture, this is a unique nation which might be totally different to anywhere else you have been in the world. You might want to avoid winter if you are not adapted to the cold.

Some organisations offer structured placements in Russia where you will need to pay a sign up fee, on these placements you usually get:

  • Pre-departure placements and information
  • Airport pick-up and transfer to project
  • All food and accommodation
  • Training, support and services
  • 24-hour in-country support and a 24-hour emergency phone line


How to Volunteer for Free in Russia

There are also free and low cost volunteer programs available in Russia you will usually need to be independent and apply direct with local NGO's and charities. You will probably need to pay for flights though.


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