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RU-SF-11.1 RUSIA Nizhny Novgorod region EDU/SOCI 19/08/2020 26/08/2020

DATES: August 19-26 WORK: EDU/SOCI  LOCATION: Nizhny Novgorod region 
 
AGE: 18+  VOLS: 5 DURATION: 8 days  
 
The camp is organized by the regional centre of volunteering development. The main idea is to visit 5 remote towns and villages in the Nizhny Novgorod region, empower and inspire local youth, and exchange best social practices and ideas. Volunteers are going to travel around the region, meeting local people, taking part in voluntary actions, organizing events for local youth, and documenting everything, in photos, videos, or blog articles. During the 8 days of the camp, the volunteers will visit 5 different places, helping local communities. Intercultural exchange will be a very important part of the camp: volunteers are expected to prepare some presentations/national games\dances for the local teenagers and young adults. The local communities will be happy to provide an authentic Russian experience and show you warm hospitality. 
 
WORK  Volunteers will be involved into: 
• Taking part in local voluntary actions: cleanups, manual work, helping elderly people, working with kids • Intercultural exchange: preparing presentations about your home countries, sharing your volunteering experiences • Media: taking photos, videos, writing articles and interviews • Fun, sightseeing, genuine experiences. 
 ACCOMMODATION  Volunteers will be accommodated in guesthouses (or host families in rare cases of absence of public accommodation in some villages). Volunteers might need to bring sleeping bags with them. In some cases, food will be organized in canteens or cafes, and in other volunteers will cook for themselves in teams according to rota. Travel from place to place will be via mini-bus. You should be ready for long rides (4-5 hours by bus) several times during the camp. It’s a travelling camp. 
 
REQUIREMENTS  English will be the working language for the camp, but any knowledge of Russian is more than welcome, as people usually don’t speak English. 
 
LEISURE TIME Would be a good idea to take playing cards, board games, musical instruments. There is a possibility for knowing more about local history and culture of Russian villages, visiting museums and communicating with local communities. Also, after or before the camp, volunteers can visit the capital - Moscow city, which is located near with Nizhny Novgorod, visit a lot of historical or modern museums, summer festivals and architectural squares.   
TERMINAL  Moscow or Nizhny Novgorod. 

In order to apply for Russian visa, some countries are required to have an invitation letter that is issued by the Russian Migration Service. It costs 800 RUR (~11 Eur).