Crossroads Eurasia

Program Reviews

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Ryan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I adored this program. So much so, that after six weeks teaching in the camp, I came back for a weekend visit during a different study abroad program, and then again to help out after that program had ended. I really couldn't let the place go, simply because there's a certain charm to Nerekhta, the camp, and the people in it. It's really hard to describe in words, but here's three reasons why I loved the experience so much:

1) The novelty. Every day was unlike the last, and every two or three weeks, there arrives a fresh batch of kids with their own crazy (and sometimes way too crazy) personalities. Also, Nerekhta, a town of 20,000 people, is the complete opposite of New York City. But that doesn't mean you'll be river bathing and squatting! On the contrary - the house where they put you up is very, very nice. If you like adventure, this is for you.

2) The people, of course. There will be other English speakers (from the UK and America) along with Russian speakers, all with their own quirks. You'll gel with 99% of the them (sad truth), and will share many, many laughs. They are all so caring. I was going to miss a train in Yaroslavl, a town about an hour and a half away, and the parents of a kid I had taught offered to drive me there on a whim. Incredible.

3) Russian. I learned so. much. Russian. But this is largely dependent on you. If you take advantage of the constant access to Russian speakers, you'll make incredible language gains. Likewise, if you don't put yourself out there and start speaking, regardless of mistakes, you will stay at the same level.

Those are just some of the reasons, and this review is already getting quite long. Let me sum it up. In my experience (key word my), what Crossroads provides is a intimate experience in Russia and a streamlined visa application process. You may or may not find this elsewhere. If you think you can handle the visa process alone, by all means! But they do make it easier. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. Give it a shot.

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Joseph
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Russia was amazing. Not only was my internship and time spent in the country absolutely what I was looking for, but so was the support from Crossroads. I was able to truly immerse myself in a work environment that allowed room for growth, contribution, and fun. The response time from team at Crossroads was great as well. Because of this I never had to worry about any hiccups in the program or my travels. The last thing I can say is that Crossroads set me up with an amazing supervisor and organization. I can truly say that many of those that I worked with were like family. Everyone should definitely consider embarking on a Crossroads Eurasia program! You won’t be disappointed.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing that I can add
Aidan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
I am 100% satisfied with the Crossroads Eurasia program and have no possible improvements in mind.
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Raya
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Marisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Linda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Ben
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
The only improvement I would suggest is to have the intern communicate more with the program director more before they arrive in Russia.
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Blake
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Dana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Kailey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.