Explore palaces filled with lavish banquet halls, spend an afternoon at royal gardens, and spot towering onion domed spires that top intricate cathedrals — spending a semester here means living and breathing an expansive history, one that very few travelers ever get to experience.
See where tsars spent their summer, peek into rooms filled with gold and crystal and see sites you’ll instantly recognize, like the iconic St. Basil’s cathedral. Vacation in classic cities and all over Europe when you’re not teaching, but call the alluring, historic captivating country of Mother Russia your home.
EXPLORING EUROPE —
Not only do you get to travel to our favorite destinations within Russia and see sites that most tourists never get to, but you can also travel throughout the European Union and Ukraine. See how many countries you can knock off your bucket list this semester. Russia volunteers love exploring up through the Baltic stopping by Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia before taking a ferry over to Finland, Sweden and Norway, or you could jump on a flight and head west!
Here’s just a few of our favorite European spots to go exploring …
Russia — Take a train ride out to towns full of intricately designed cathedrals and don’t miss out on one of our favorite vacation spots: the oh so famous St Petersburg!
Czech Republic — Arrive early, before other tourists, to walk along famous Charles Bridge, walk up the hill to Prague castle, and shop in this capital city.
Hungary — Spend the weekend in Budapest, relaxing in famous thermal spas, walk around castle hill, and take a short cruise for sites of both Buda and Pest.
Austria — Visit museums and photograph detailed architecture in tranquil Vienna and try local cuisine wiener schnitzel.
Slovakia — Take a boat ride to historic castle ruins, stroll through and have lunch on the streets of Old Town Bratislava, and climb the hillside to views of the city and a Soviet War Memorial.
Norway — Island-hop around scenic archipelagos, take a hike to one of the world’s most scenic hanging cliffs, and get your fill of the outdoors.
Sweden — Tour through winding alleyways of Stockholm’s Old Town, enjoy live music in downtown Stockholm, and try famous Swedish meatballs for lunch.
Poland — Head south for hikes through the mountains to swimmable lakes, strolls through a lively Old Town full of drool-worthy treats, and step back in time at numerous world famous WWII history sites.
Germany — Explore fairytale castles, take a train through the scenic Black Forest, and check out the artsy side of Berlin.
Slovenia — Boat across the lake to medieval Bled castle, take the train through the underground network of caves, and hike through ravines and canyons.
Switzerland — Hike or take in views of the Swiss Alps by train, paddle board on Lake Geneva, and get your fill of chocolate.
Croatia — Ancient coastal towns like Dubrovnik, Roman amphitheaters, and some of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.
Estonia — Jump into midieval times in Tallinn, ride your bike along the Baltic Sea, and kayak around Saaremaa Island.
Latvia — Get a glimpse of Riga’s skyline from St. Peter’s church tower, have lunch in Riga’s Old Town, and visit the opera.
France — Fulfill your childhood dreams by having a picnic in front of the Eiffel tower, spend an afternoon in the Louvre, and soak up the sun on the coast.
PROGRAM DETAILS —
Live with a local host family and get the true Russian experience and then travel, explore, and do everything else with your group of new friends in your volunteer group. Group sizes are usually around 6-10 people giving you built in travel buddies who want to experience all Europe has to offer with you.
Your host family will provide most of your meals which means not only do you get homemade, but you get to taste traditional meals, too! Maybe join in and learn how to cook a dish or two with your host mom and host sister. Feast on traditional dishes like meat and potatoes or soup and enjoy our favorite European treats (hello crepes!).
Check out a what a typical day looks like for an ILP volunteer and can’t miss experiences in Russia here.
Spring Semester: Depart late January to early February — return home the end of May to early June.
Summer Semester: there is currently not a summer program offered in Russia
Fall Semester: Depart the end of August — return home the middle of December, just in time for Christmas.
You’ll be making a difference by helping children learn English through our Exchange Program up to 20 hours per week. No experience is needed, we provide training on our teaching method!
$2,520 — Includes your roundtrip airfare to Russia, visa, housing, meals, language and culture classes, and training and support throughout the entire experience.
ILP volunteers live in both the capital Moscow and Voronezh, a city to the south.