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Working and volunteering

Volunteering

Local enterprises, environmental groups and charities that are trying to improve Russia’s environmental and social scorecard are usually on the lookout for volunteers. A good example is the Great Baikal Trail project helping to construct a hiking trail around Lake Baikal. The US-based School of Russian & Asian Studies (SRAS) has complied an online list of volunteer opportunities in Russia (www.sras.org/volunteer_opportunities_in_russia). Other possibilities:

CCUSA

Ecologica Youth Trust

Go Overseas

International Cultural Youth Exchange

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Work

Bureaucracy makes getting a job or starting a business in Russia a hassle, but it’s certainly not impossible. It is wise to use a professional relocation firm to navigate the country’s thicket of rules and regulations surrounding employment of foreigners. Good websites for expats are www.expat.ru and www.redtape.ru/forum.

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