Volunteer in Russia
Experience a culture and country like no other and sign up to work as a volunteer in Russia. When people are considering a volunteer abroad destination, not many people consider Russia but we highly recommend going. You could volunteer in incredible cities like Moscow and St Petersberg and then see spectacular sights in your spare time.
Volunteer Programs in Russia
Guide to Volunteering in Russia
If you live in Europe you can catch regular flights to Russia which makes this destination every closer than it might seem, most nationalities need to apply for a tourist visa in advance prior to departing.
Before applying a lot of people are unsure whether Russia is a safe destination, 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.
We highly recommend Russia as a volunteering destination, the only hard decision you will make will be wanted to go home. There are also lots of amazing places to visit in your spare time too.
Location of Projects
There are placements throughout the country in places like:
- St Petersberg
This is a huge country and usually you might be placed somewhere depending on your interests or skills.
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Types of Volunteer Programs in Russia
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 Sochi Olympic games was partly due to the fact thousands of people volunteered to help tourists and keep everything running successfully. In the build the football World Cup in 2018 there are likely to be more positions available.
Food & Accommodation
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. Sometimes homestays are an option too which are a wonderful way to learn more about the country and people.
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 might want to avoid winter if you are not adapted to the cold. 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 can search our featured volunteer projects in Russia and apply today.
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.