With Crossroads, you are at work every workday. You get to know your Russian co-workers. Your responsibilities are arranged in advance. You have a manager and you get feedback. On your resume, your internship is evidence that you can thrive overseas, that you are committed to understanding Russia and the region, and that you speak Russian -- all critical for future work or study. If you're thinking of working overseas after graduation, our program is perfect for a test run, as it's similar in terms of independence, immersion, and type of work.
While Moscow and St. Petersburg are beautiful and exciting, they are different from what the rest of Russia is like. Cities like Ryazan, Voronezh, or Kostroma give a much better insight into the way the majority of Russians live. There, the pace of life is slower and fewer people speak English, though day-to-day, you will find that they feel very European. That also means you meet lots of people curious to learn about you and your experiences, eager to make friends, and open to sharing their perspectives on life in Russia.
Imagine spending time with Russians your age, watching TV, listening to some music, going out. With Crossroads Eurasia, you are with people you can relate to at your homestay, at work, and during your free time -- by design. You'll find they are just as curious to get to know you. Whatever your level of Russian, you will also pick up the little linguistic gems that will start to make your Russian flow more naturally. More importantly, you'll get to understand modern Russian culture and society from the inside.
You won't need to take any special precautions while in Russia. That said, we are there for you when you need it. We stay on top of relevant local and national developments, and there will be a locally based coordinator who will help you navigate any issues. While this may be a new experience for you and your parents, it won't be for us.
Once you are back, we want to make sure you make the most of the experience when pursuing your next step. You'll also become part of our group of over 100 alumni pursuing careers in the public, private, and NGO communities. They are eager to offer advice on things like scholarships, internships, and potential career paths and have a shared passion for Russia. We will help you stay in touch.
Elena Kotlyarova, Kostroma region coordinator. Hello! My name is Elena. I'm a teacher by profession and for a long time worked in Moscow (with a stop in California along the way). Our summer camps unite internationally minded children and adults who bring a positive attitude and want to do something good for others. It's a truly wonderful atmosphere that I hope you can be a part of it. I look forward to seeing you!
Martina Bozadzhieva, Co-coordinator. Living, working, and studying in a different country can a life-changing experience. In co-founding Crossroads, I wanted to give students an opportunity to benefit from such an experience and to create the life-long friendships that enrich how we understand and relate to a country like Russia. I support Crossroads in its marketing and alumni engagement. I live in London.
Oksana Pyscheva, Voronezh City Coordinator. Hello! I am the coordinator of international students in Voronezh and am separately the director of a language school in Voronezh, where I offer Russian language courses to international students and guests. I hope to give you a chance to experience as much of my city as possible -- to meet people, and to come away with an excellent work experience. When you return home, I hope that you will remember Voronezh with a smile.
Founded in 2010, Crossroads Eurasia aims to get students out of the classroom to discover Russia directly via an internship.
Our internships take students away from Moscow and St. Petersburg and maximize daily exposure to Russian speakers at work, at home, and during free time. The result is a resume worthy-work experience, language practice, and relationships that last well beyond the end of the program.
For students aspiring to integrate the Russian language or regional expertise into their careers, the program is a natural stepping stone into internships, jobs, fellowships, and graduate study.
Crossroads Eurasia has about 100 alumni, many of whom have gone on to do Russia-related work in the policy, business, and NGO communities, and we are proud to say that one in ten is a Fulbright scholar.
"The cultural exposure is unforgettable - not only do you get to do all sorts of Russian things, but you get to do them with people your age, their friends, and their friends. It could get difficult at times being one of less than a dozen Americans within the surrounding hundred miles, but in the end, that was part of the grand beauty I experienced."
Dana H. (Sewanee University of the South)
Tatiana Zakharova, Ryazan City Coordinator. During the school year, I am a Social Studies and English language teacher at a local private school a major goal of which is to promote creativity and critical thinking among its pupils. I love international exchange and volunteering programs, and besides Crossroads, I help to set up local events, such as music festivals, that encourage young people to travel and visit Ryazan.
Vlad Gorshkov, Project Coordinator. Crossroads Eurasia is an experience that I wish I could have had when I was at university -- a "live-and-observe" experience, not a classroom experience. I'm an eager traveler and have visited over 40 countries. At Crossroads, I am the liaison between the students and the local coordinators, making sure that expectations are aligned and the students are ready to travel. I am based in London.