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    SVEZHY VETER Travel Agency
    426008 Izhevsk Karla Marxa 288a
    mail: 426033 Izhevsk 2040 Russia
    tel: +7 (3412) 450037, 613080
    +7 909 064 69 95

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    Volunteers Section

    Volunteers History (2000-2011)      Currently Volunteering      School Photo Gallery

    Douglas Neal Jones
    Joplin, Missouri, USA

    In 1996-97 I spent a year teaching English in Ukraine. I also taught English in Japan, so I have some experience both with living in the former Soviet Union and teaching English to non-native speakers. And having spent five months in Izhevsk teaching with the Svezhy Veter program, I recommend it highly. The staff at Svezhy Veter will always do what it takes to help you with any problems you may have. You are definitely not alone. As for School No. 27, the professionalism and dedication of its teachers impressed me. We foreigners work for room and board and in reality the Russian teachers earn about the same, yet they sacrifice so much for their students and are genuinely interested in their success. And the students are more motivated than any I have encountered in the USA or Japan.

    I am a Slavophile so I probably would have felt right at home in Izhevsk anyway, but the city is perfect for anyone wanting to get Russia under his skin. It has been said before but Moscow and St. Petersburg are unlike the rest of the country. It was actually a little disappointing to see how westernized they are. By living in Izhevsk you will learn how the other Russians live. You will also have the opportunity to meet some great friends and have some good experiences. So go ahead!

    If you have other questions, please feel free to email me.

    Volunteered: April 1 - September 10, 2002

    Patrick Anderson

    Hello, my name is Patrick Anderson and I participated in the volunteer program in Izhevsk, Russia in March 2003. First, I must say if you are thinking about traveling to Russia I strongly encourage you to go. The people and culture are absolutely wonderful, and it will be a experience which you will never forget. Now, let me tell you a little about my experience more...

    Arrival in Moscow
    Train Ride
    Arrival in Izhevsk
    Meeting the students
    The Sauna
    The Banya

    Volunteered: March 3 - April 3, 2003

    Jeanne-Marie Jackson

    Volunteered: July 14 - August 10, 2003

    Adria Yurievna Astakhova

    Volunteered: September 20 - November 5, 2004

    David Mann

    Volunteered: January - March, 2006

    Frank King

    Volunteered: January, 2008

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