About the local hosting organizationPROJECT: Saint Petersburg, the Venice of the North , with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. Later known as Leningrad, the city is closely associated with the October Revolution. Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles. At this time of the year, the city hosts a variety of festivals, concerts and folk events. Each year millions of tourists come to St.Petersburg for walking at night along the Neva River, watching the bridges raise.The group of people from different countries will be formed as in ordinary work camp, including living and spending leisure time together, but the main idea of the project is to allow volunteers improve their Russian by taking lessons in informal study. The volunteers will have daily classes of Russian.Volunteers will have the incredible adventure in St. Petersburg
About the volunteer workStudy part will be joined with preparation host organization office for the summer work camps: the volunteers will be engaged in repairing work (outside and inside) of old historical heritage building, where host organization is situated. There are a lot of various work that don t require any special qualifications: decorating rooms, painting walls and windows frame, taking care about territory of building.
Local accommodationHost organization provides a basic conditions: food and accommodation in down town in St. Petersburg (hostel/special rooms for 10 persons on Vasil evskiy Ostrov). The shower with hot water, equipped kitchen and the common room are provided. Volunteers will cook by themselves.
About the project locationSt. Petersburg city TERMINAL: Pulkovo International Airport is located about 17 km from the St. Petersburg center. We know that some of the volunteers have problems with the high cost of tickets to Saint Petersburg. We would like to recommend them to find economy flights not to St. Petersburg, but to Riga or Helsinki or other Finland city. It is a very short way from Riga or Helsinki to our city not only by plane, but also by bus or train.LEISURE TIME: St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia. The historic center of St. Petersburg is included in UNESCO World Heritage http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/540 Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg andRelated Groups Monuments . Volunteers will have an opportunity to visit numerous museums, theatres, galleries and exhibitions, country residences of Emperors, Grand Princes and grandees: Peterhof i city of fountains (www.peterhofmuseum.ru), Lomonosov, Tsarskoye Selo (www.tzar.ru), Pavlovsk (www.pavlovskmuseum.ru) and just restored palace in Gatchina.
RequirementsWe ask volunteers to send us their motivation letter. Please, specify your language level(Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced). The methodology of teaching based on using of linguistic-cultural component. The teacher of Russian has Bachelor s degree of speciality Russian as Foreign. Volunteers will have 4 academy hours (45 minutes) of Russian per day from Monday till Saturday. Handiwork is about 2 hours (120 minutes). But host organization doesn t provide any certificate. The museums fees and local transport expenses aren t going to be covered, volunteers will have to pay on their own. However, due to the euro-ruble currency this year the journey will be rather cheap. Volunteers should bring working clothes, gloves and sleeping bags. The museums fees and local transport expenses are not going to be covered, volunteers will have to pay on their own. Due to the euro- ruble, currency this year the journey will be rather cheap.
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