Moscow, the capital and largest city in Russia, is the cultural, economic and political powerhouse in the nation. It is an expensive city and in fact has one of the highest costs of living in the world. It is also a city which boasts of having the largest number of billionaires in the world. Moscow is an interesting and unusual city to volunteer in, and you will definitely enjoy your experience there!
Work with Children
Moscow has a sizable size of its population who live in poverty, and thus, many children do not have access to a proper schooling experience. As a volunteer, you will work with children, specifically teaching them various subjects, organizing activities for them, and playing sports with them.
Russia has many areas which are in need of work. These include various schools, housing complexes, and monasteries. As a volunteer, you will work on various projects like construction, painting, and gardening that aim to improve these places.
Teach EnglishEnglish education is unfortunately not very prevalent in Russia, and the people who do know some English do not know it very well due to lack of good teachers. As a volunteer, you will work with both kids and adults and concentrate on improving their spoken and written English.
How to Save Money While Volunteering: Moscow is a large tourist hub in Russia; nearly all the tourists who choose to visit the nation spend some time there. There are many pricier restaurants and shops in the city which target tourists, so if you’re on a budget, avoid those and instead visit places that locals frequent. For getting around, instead of taxis, try Moscow’s fantastic Metro system which is fast and inexpensive.
Questions to Ask: What will I be doing on a typical day as a volunteer? Is it important for me to learn some Russian before I go to Moscow? Will I have time to explore the city on my own, or possibly even other parts of Russia? How safe is the neighborhood that I will be volunteering in?
Health and Safety of Volunteers in Moscow
As a volunteer in Russia, it is recommended that you be vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B, and Typhoid. If you visit between November and April, get an Influenza shot. For more information, visit MD Travel Health.
Moscow is a relatively safe city, despite its reputation as being crime riddled and full of gangsters and corrupt police. Avoid carrying valuables with you, particularly when you visit crowded areas. It is important to carry photo ID with you at all times as the Russian police have the right to stop anyone for an ID check.