Step into another world as a volunteer in fascinating Russia. Here, you will find a land of awe-provoking beauty, from frozen Siberia to exciting Moscow. Russia is a place of enormity – both geographic and cultural. As a volunteer here, you can see the astounding multi-colored towers of St. Basil’s Cathedral and visit dozens of other incredible sites. Take in the culture that created some of the world’s most timeless classical dances, music, art and literature! Russia is the largest country on the planet – nearly twice the size of China or the United States! It is also one of the most populous, but with large uninhabitable areas, almost one-fifth of the population live in just 13 cities. Volunteers in Russia stand amazed by the magnificence and variety of this great nation.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Russia, you will be hosted by Lastochki, ICYE’s Russian partner organization. Lastochki has been committed to promoting international volunteerism since their founding in 1997.
Assist people living with disabilities by caring for them, spending time with them, and helping them with daily activities. This project aims to integrate these individuals into the local community of the Samara region and to promote an independent living philosophy.
Work at a local organization that provides care to veterans that have been disabled during times of war or armed conflict. Veterans of World War II make up half of hospital clients. Volunteer tasks include assisting the veterans with daily activities, providing psychological support, and organizing activities.
Work with an organization that aims to help elderly and poor individuals. Volunteers provide support to these populations by spending time with, taking care of, and assisting the clients with daily tasks.
Volunteer in a Russian-French resource center that aims to develop positive international relations and spread cultural awareness. Volunteers assist with administrative functions and organize programs to share aspects of their home culture.
This museum was established by Peter the Great almost 300 years ago. It contains one of the World’s largest Anthropologic collections with close to 380,000 items for you to examine.
Travel to Saint Petersburg and visit this iconic landmark. The Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood was built on the same spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881. His son, Alexander III, wanted to erect a church to honor his father’s memory. This church looks beautiful both during the day and the night. Take the opportunity to look inside and see the amazing mosaics on the walls.
Visit the Kremlin while you are touring Moscow. It is Russia’s political center which also happens to be the residence of the Russian president as well. Another must see while you are in Moscow is the Russian Ballet. Ballet is a huge part of Russia’s history and a perfect opportunity for you to experience a huge part of Russian culture.
Sochi was the site for the 2014 Winter Olympics. It is full of natural beauty, such as its rivers and streams, its mountains that are often used for winter sports, and its beaches that stretch for miles. Take an opportunity to tour this historic resort town that was founded in 1898.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|August 2017||$9,075||$12,445||Monday, March 6, 2017||Monday, May 8, 2017||Monday, May 8, 2017|
|January 2018||$9,075||$12,445||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.