Crossroads Eurasia: Internships in Russia

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Discover Russian differently this summer. Take an internship with a Russian company -- teach English, be a camp counselor, or do translation. Positions cater to beginners and advanced speakers alike.

Highlights
  • Improve your Russian. Our internships are in places few foreigners go, and every aspect of your trip will help you discover something new about Russia.

  • Professional work experience. Your English skills open the door to resume-worthy summer work opportunities
  • No hassle travel. We take care of your visa, help with travel logistics, and help you settle before you begin your internship.
  • Alumni network. Our program creates a community of alumni who support each other after the program.
  • Low expenses. Your host organization pays for your housing and meals, hence the low program fee, and a few internships are paid. You can also save by applying early and referring friends.

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based on 22 reviews
  • Growth 8.7
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.5
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Aidan
10/10

My Teaching Experience in Voronezh

This summer I had the opportunity to spend five weeks teaching English in Voronezh, Russia. Although I know many classmates who made trips to Russia to take language classes, making the decision to teach English there instead was one of my best decisions when it came to understanding foreign cultures. Not only was the Crossroads Eurasia staff incredibly helpful with the process of taking care of the paperwork necessary for going abroad, but they took care of my living accommodations, food, and internship placement. I was able to teach young Russian Business professionals English and made close relationships with them both in and outside of the classroom, and had a flexible schedule which allowed for me to travel often within the surrounding region. Not many people who travel abroad are able to make friends with so many natives of the region they visit, especially with study abroad trips that restrict your communication to students from your own country. In addition, I became incredibly close with my host family, and they helped me develop my Russian speaking skills and cultural knowledge of Russia to a level I never could have if I read from a textbook all day. If you want an opportunity to develop professional skills by teaching your language to others, travel, learn a new language, and make life-long friends, Crossroads Eurasia is the program for you!

How can this program be improved?
I am 100% satisfied with the Crossroads Eurasia program and have no possible improvements in mind.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Raya
8/10

review

I spent 3 weeks teaching English at a private preschool-kindergarten program in Voronezh, Russia--if anything my Russian improved much more than my students' English did, as children use language very creatively and adults use a lot more imperatives than usual when in charge of children. The host family I stayed with could not have been more open or accommodating and treated me extremely courteously, allowing me relatively free use of all facilities in their house, and making conversation despite not being obligated to. Overall about an 8/10 experience, the -2 being only because Voronezh is unbearably hot in the summer and riding a crowded commuter bus at high noon when it is over 90 degrees outside is not ideal.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marisa
10/10

An Ideal Experience

I am so grateful to Crossroads Eurasia for giving me the opportunity to live and teach in Ryazan, Russia. They provided an incredible in-country support system that not only made me feel comfortable and cared for, but also introduced me to people who are now some of my closest friends. The people I worked and lived with welcomed me into their lives with open arms and happily shared different aspects of their culture with me.

I would recommend this program to anyone even remotely interested in learning about what it is like to live and work in Russia. The fact that Crossroads offers students the ability to experience life in Russia outside of the major cities (Moscow and St. Petersburg) is absolutely invaluable. Additionally, Crossroads and their partners all across Russia work their hardest to give students the chance to travel around the area and see as many different places and sights as possible.

Working with Crossroads was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life in terms of both language and personal growth.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Linda
9/10

Good experience

I was incredibly grateful for the chance to broaden my teaching experience in Ryazan, Russia. My host family was quite friendly and outgoing, and I greatly appreciated the chances to teach in an applied classroom setting and the free time I received to explore some of Russia's beautiful cities! A guided trip to the gorgeous Konstantinovo was certainly a highlight, as was the freedom to travel to the wonderful old cities of Vladimir and Suzdal.

As I seek to become a teacher of English someday, I would consider this experience invaluable.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ben
10/10

The best way to do an internship in Russia

From the very beginning they make you feel very comfortable. They walk you through all of the steps regarding visas and paperwork. They answered all of my questions quickly and to satisfaction. They really make you feel like you are safe and in good hands. They check up on you while in Russia to make sure everything is going smoothly.

How can this program be improved?
The only improvement I would suggest is to have the intern communicate more with the program director more before they arrive in Russia.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Blake
8/10

Great Program for Exposure to Russian Language and Culture

Crossroads Eurasia is a great program for those whose primary goal is to learn Russian quickly via exposure. As you are placed in cities in provincial Russia, you see the real Russia and speak almost exclusively in Russian. As such, your language skills will increase very quickly and you will see Russia in the truest sense (as opposed to a more Westernized experience in Moscow or St.Petersburg). For those who enjoy teaching English, the working aspect is very enjoyable as well.

How can this program be improved?
Since the program was new, planning/structure could definitely be improved. There are very few kids in each city's program and you are more or less on your own with them in Russia.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Dana
10/10

Summer in Ryazan

Teaching English at Global House in Ryazan didn't just put me in a teacher's position in a house next to where Pavlov was born. It put me in conversation with and thrust me into the life of a city rarely visited by foreigners, in a country whose national image is gaining attention. In the midst of the turbulent summer of 2014 I was exposed not to political points of view, but unique individual human experiences, lives, and what's more, friends.
Our Russian students, staff and their friends were extremely warm towards us and invited us on all their excursions to the countryside, visiting the rolling fields and abandoned bridge of Dobry Sot, the midnight stars at Dubki, our friend's banya in Rybnoe, and day trips to the unforgettable colorful Kremlins of Kolomna, Vladimir and Suzdal.
In the midst of it all, my friend and I got a shot at fame when a Ryazanian TV crew interviewed us at a festival!

Overall there are too many reasons to recommend the Crossroads Eurasia program for anyone wanting to experience the true Russia. Having studied abroad in Saint Petersburg before I had longed to see a glimpse of the gritty, dusty life that most Ryazanians were kind enough to let me into.

How can this program be improved?
If there was one thing I could change about the program, it would be... well, nothing! Almost everything about the program (minus the WiFi, lack of in certain places) was unforgettable.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kailey
10/10

Wonderful experience in a gorgeous Russian provincial city

Working with Kristina, Katya, and Anna was absolutely fantastic, and the work was different every day, allowing my Russian to improve tremendously over three months.

Since the internship was only 20 hours per week, I was also able to travel to surrounding cities on weekends and explore different attractions around Voronezh in my spare time. My host family (who was actually a couple close to my age, so they were more like host friends :D) was so nice; it was a blast hanging out with them.

My summer in Voronezh is certainly not one I will soon forget!

How can this program be improved?
I would have preferred to have had a better work orientation. Although my work was fairly straightforward, I was not sure about the workplace hierarchy and how to handle clients at first.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elizabeth
9/10

Crossroads is a great program!

Vlad and Martina (the program directors) are really great people to get to know, and I learned so much from my experiences living abroad in Russia. They both helped me every step along the way - including getting my visa, connecting with my host family, an in-person orientation for the program, and so on. During the program, I lived in Nerekhta for a month (near Kostroma) and I also lived in Voronezh for a month. There were plenty of opportunities for doing fun things all over the city as well as outside of the city, including a little bit of "free time" to do whatever I wanted - and I enjoyed being able to work as an English teacher abroad. This would be a great program for someone who speaks Russian very well, or even an absolute beginner.

How can this program be improved?
Having more of a say in where I wanted to go. I told them I wanted to teach English, and I was originally disappointed to be going to two different cities during my stay rather than staying in one city the whole time, but I ended up enjoying the diversity of living in a smaller city and then moving to a much bigger city for the second half of my stay. So my negative ended up turning into a positive.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kasia
8/10

Great experience to kickstart undergraduate career

Spending 5 weeks teaching English at a summer camp in Nerekhta ended up solidifying my decision to invest in Russian for the rest of my college career.
At the time, I only had two semesters of Russian language learning under my belt. It was enough to get by, but communication struggles were very common. However, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up the language -- I ended up skipping an entire year of the Russian language sequence at my university once I returned to school in the fall.
My host family was very sweet, caring, and understanding. They were just as happy to have me and learn about me as I was them.
Though the schedule over the 5 weeks was pretty tight, we were lucky enough to be provided with excursions to the major nearby cities over the weekends. Our transport and stays were covered even then.
Both the counselors and young campers were eager to befriend the English-speakers and teach us plenty of Russian words and phrases that you wouldn't learn in a classroom
Overall, it was a great program -- especially for the cost -- and I saw more of Russia than I did on my formal study abroad program in Russia later on.

How can this program be improved?
I'm sure this varies from place to place, but the camp I worked was pretty unorganized once we got on the ground. We spent a good amount of time making lesson plans for our English classes. Though we did travel on the weekends, the day-to-day schedule tightly packed. I would have liked to have had more time with my host family during the week. The last-minute visa process is also pretty stressful, but that's more on the Russia government than on Crossroads.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicholas
10/10

Fantastic Experience!

I had never been to Russia before this program and thanks to Crossroads Eurasia, I got to experience the country, meet awesome people, improve my Russian language skills, and even propel my career back in the United States! The volunteers in Russia were fantastic and very welcoming thanks to this excellent program.

How can this program be improved?
Only way it could have been better be for more volunteers to be able to go.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Maggie
7/10

Teaching English in an East Russian City

I knew no Russian prior to the program, so the great amount of independence expected of the program participants in navigating the city was difficult at first but turned out to be rewarding in the end.

The social scene was great--including planned group trips and getting to hang out with both Russian and international assistants who were around my age.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jess
9/10

English teaching

I highly recommend to anyone who wants a good work experience, while improving their Russian and seeing the country. Plus, how many people can say they worked in Russia?? Not many. You'll come back with lots of stories and new friendships, that not many others have experiences

How can this program be improved?
I wish I had more information going into the program. I felt like I knew a lot about going to Russia and less about the work I'd do.
Yes, I recommend this program
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April
9/10

Great Professional Development, Exposure to "Real Russia"

I have participated in a number of work and study programs in Russia, and Crossroads is by far one of the best. I worked as an English teacher with Linguist and as a translator for Livestock Link in Voronezh, Russia. The experience helped me to develop marketable skills and has really given me a great jumping-off foundation for further travel and work in Russia and other post-Soviet states. The work itself was fun and left a lot of room for flexibility and creativity. The program is well-executed, and the staff is extremely friendly and supportive at every stage of the process.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Olga
9/10

A life-changing experience

I interned in Ryazan, Russia through Crossroads Eurasia in Summer 2012. There are really no words that can describe the experience, except that it was absolutely life-changing, and one that I know I will never forget. I taught English and Spanish at a small private language school, and one of the most valuable experiences was the fact that practically all of my students became my friends. I even had a summer romance. :) Three years later, I am still in touch with a few of the students and teachers at the language school. Ryazan was a wonderful city and the fact that my host was a girl my age really gave me an authentic, fun experience. It was very easy to join her and her friends in going out to bars, plays, to the circus, etc. I would definitely recommend the program to anyone. It's about as authentic as you can get if you really want to experience the Russian culture.

Yes, I recommend this program

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Discover Russia differently this summer. Take an internship with a Russian company.

We offer 1- to 2-month placements, all in places that are delightfully less international than Moscow or St. Petersburg. We will help you prepare for travel, ensure...