What you need to know before coming

Visa to Russia

Visa to Russia is not as difficult as it may seem. For both, short- and long-term projects we provide you with the invitation letter. To apply for a Russian visa you would need insurance, visa application, photos, and an invitation letter. The full list of documents depends on your home country, so we would recommend you to check the Russian Consulate website in your country of residence. It usually takes 7 working days to receive it.


How to get to project location?

The biggest airports in the European part of Russia are in Moscow (Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo) and St. Petersburg (Pulkovo). We also have low-cost airline “Pobeda” that has flights both in Europe and in Russia. If you want to be eco-friendly, we encourage you to travel with Russian Railways (tip: the tickets are the cheapest 60 days before the date of your trip).

Is it safe?

Russia is generally a safe country. However, we strongly recommend not to neglect common sense: keep an eye on your belongings, be aware of your surroundings, use Uber RU or Yandex taxi (or any licensed taxi), and don’t do any provocative things.

Where are the workcamps in Russia?

We have projects all over our wide and beautiful country! Of course, mainly it’s in the European part, but sometimes we host projects in Kamchatka, Altai, Siberia, and Polar Urals.

What can I do in a workcamp?

Our workcamps have a diverse range of topics! You can work with children and teach them your native language, conduct cultural workshops, or show them how to play your national games. You can work in a national park and conduct ecological works there, or collect apples and tidy the orchard in the Altay mountains.      

How to apply for a camp?

According to the rules of the international voluntary networks where SFERA is a member and partner organization we can’t work with volunteers directly. So you should apply for our programmes in your country of residence through one of our partner organizations. So first you need to find a sending organization here: SCI database or Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations (check also “partners and guests” section on the left). If you go to SCI, and choose Russia, you will see our projects with the code “RU-SF”. Looking forward to your application! In case of any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask here: inc.sfera@gmail.com

What are the conditions in workcamps?

As a volunteer you cover the following things:

  • tickets to a workcamp site
  • visa costs
  • application fee to your sending organization

In a workcamp you are provided with:

  • accommodation (depending on the project can vary from a hostel or a youth center in downtown to a tent or a wooden hut in the middle of nowhere)
  • food (it can be provided by a canteen, or you cook yourself according to the schedule)
  • basic cultural programme
  • tools and instruments for work