One week, two international projects

21104213_1553631924725347_945146544_oFor a week at the beginning of August, Krasnoyarsk was filled with new faces, new ideas and different languages, as Interra hosted two groups of young people from Germany, Bulgaria and Finland. We organised two different projects – PhotoСинтез, a project for school students about photography, art, history and culture, and an International Summer School for German and Russian students, focused on business, social enterprise and the work of NGOs. Continue reading

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My first months in Krasnoyarsk

20046654_10213787890837895_4035055133037305410_nIt is two months I am in Krasnoyarsk, and I am enjoying the city, people and my work so much!

At the beginning of July, I have been with my host Aygul and her family to dacha. That was a great experience! For those who do not know, dacha is not a simple country house. Russian people go there both to escape the city, both to work. The culture of dachas is a kind of compensation to a city dweller for the cramped living conditions… There, in the embrace of nature, people enjoy fishing, swimming, picking mushrooms and growing their own vegetables. That was great for me, because I experienced a real Russian way to live and spent a weekend in a particular way. Continue reading

Siberia, here I am! 

13920857_10210473819548184_7670395924289235877_nHello everyone!

My name is Federica and I am the new EVS volunteer. I am from Valenza Po, a small town in Piedmont, in the North of Italy. Valenza is an international goldsmith centre, specialized in jewellery production, cradle of the secular handcraft tradition

I studied Foreign Languages at the University of Pavia, a town in Lombardy, not so far from Milan. I am specialized in English, French and Russian. Continue reading

One day of an Interra’s EVS volonteer

Evreux“What are you doing in Krasnoyarsk?” I have often been asked this question. It is a good question. What does an EVS volunteer do in Interra? Some answers with words and pictures.

« Et qu’est-ce que tu fais, à Krasnoïarsk ? » On m’a souvent posé cette question. C’est vrai, ça. Que fait un volontaire en service volontaire européen à Interra ? Quelques éléments de réponse en mots et en images.

“Чем ты занимаешься в Красноярске?” Мне очень много раз задавали этот вопрос. Это – хороший вопрос. Чем занимается ЕВС-волонтер в Интерре? Вот я отвечу, словами и фотографиями.

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A new volunteer from Scotland!

CampbeltownHello! My name is Emily and I’m the new EVS volunteer for Interra. I arrived in Krasnoyarsk on Sunday and I will live, work and study here for the next six months. I was born in Germany and my family moved to the UK when I was 3 years old. My parents and I live in Scotland in a small town called Campbeltown, and I study Russian, German and Ukrainian at Cambridge University in the south of England. Continue reading

Guillaume, French volunteer, has arrived

Post_presentationI am Guillaume, the new French EVS volunteer. I will be involved in different activities, such as French lessons or cultural exchanges. I arrived this week-end in Krasnoïarsk, and today is my first day in Interra. I come from Beaumont-le-Roger, a small French town that even French people do not know about. There, I used to write articles (in French, of course !) for local newspapers. I wanted to discover Russian culture by living several months in a Russian town and be involved in different activities. So, I am here, and happy to be here ! Continue reading

Time to say good bye and спасибо большое!

IMG_5611.JPGComing to Russia as an EVS volunteer was a big challenge for me… I didn’t know the language and was not sure about what to expect exactly. To not make things easier, I didn’t choose to go to Moscow or a city located in the western part of the country, but instead, to go in the middle of Siberia, to KRASNOYARSK! (it took me a while to remember and be able to pronounce the name of my new home!) Continue reading

Samovar, a Russian love story…

P1160643.JPGI was quite surprise to see that in Russia you can basically find museums about everything! I noticed that many Russians love culture and are proud of it. They can tell you a whole story and create a whole museum about an object of your daily life… Ok, let’s say that the Samovar is not only an object of the daily life, no that’s more! In Russia it is a legend! Continue reading