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Volunteering in Russia as a form of civic engagement

2. The Activity of volunteers in Russia

The volunteering in Russia has its peculiarity. 90% of the voters work with children. Since 1998 in Russia there is an Association World 4U, which deals with student exchange programs, the insurance vitality of young people, students, and teachers.


In Moscow there is a group "Donors to children", representing the whole constituency Association. The volunteers organize lessons in the clubs of Hematology Department, children's competitions and theatre visits for children and parents. They raise money for the donor search cos of the brain and medications, and just come to play with children and talk with their parents.

In February 2002, with the support and assistance of the Institute of pediatric Oncology and Hematology, Russian cancer research center RAMS named after N. N. Blokhin, the charity Fund "Nastya" was established. Citizens of different countries, united by a desire to help sick children, initiated it. The Fund’s aim is to improve the quality of diagnosis and treatment of children with oncological diseases, comprehensive assistance to families of sick children. "Nastya" organizes holidays, entertainment programs, concerts, tours.

In Moscow there is a volunteer group of the children's Department of the Moscow regional oncological dispensary "the Seventh petal" for patients who need friends. This can be as a single person and a family, a group of friends, members of various forums and clubs that will be able to take the patronage of a particular child and to help him go all the way to recovery. You can call each other, visit, chat, give gifts, with or without reason. If you have the opportunity you can buy medicines, clothing, food.


There is also an Association of volunteers providing the help to children by the will of fate forced to spend their childhood in the hospital. It is Abandoned.Ru. Each hospital has its own coordinator who is responsible for the organization of the specific medical facility. Refuseniks.Ru collect Essentials for children.. The list of hospitals that need help is constantly updating.. Guys are always waiting for volunteers who want to join the project and to provide assistance to orphans of these hospitals.

The volunteer group "The World in the palm of your hand" is a non - profit, non-political, informal, voluntary Association of people providing assistance to social institutions, primarily orphanages. Regional public Foundation assistance for the elderly "Dobroe Delo" was established in Moscow in 2000 to perform the following missions: to help improve the quality of life of elderly and old people, victims of totalitarian regimes through the organization of medical, social, and historic rehabilitation.

Any person living in Moscow or St. Petersburg can become a member of the standing group of Greenpeace volunteers. You can participate in the activities of Greenpeace, via the Internet or by organizing your own practical conservation projects in other cities, too. For example, almost any region is possible to be engaged in educational work in the Movement "Let's Revive our forest". You can organize the cleaning of litter, promote energy-efficient technologies and the separate collection and recycling.

There is volunteerism in charity Fund for abandoned babies "I without mum" in Rostov-on-don. w Volunteers are actively working with orphanages and hospitals, helping children in any way they can. This includes the collection of items for children, leisure activities and much more. In addition, volunteers help to large families and families in difficult living conditions. They also help needy people to solve social problems. They take an active part in assistance to people with disabilities.

You can go abroad with the help of volunteer programs. The United Nations gives this opportunity. Volunteers who wish to travel abroad will have to work there for a period of 6 to 12 months.

The organizers will provide them: insurance; funds to cover basic expenses; For volunteers there is a list of specific requirements: age of 25 years; the diploma of higher education; experience more than 2 years; sufficient knowledge of at least one working language of the UN (English, Spanish, French); the desire to become part of a team; desire to work with people; ability to live in difficult conditions; the presence of interpersonal and organizational skills; experience any kind of employment in a developing country travel expenses to and from work; financial support upon arrival; periodic holidays.

There is a list of specific requirements for volunteers. They must be 25 years; have the diploma of higher education; experience more than 2 years; sufficient knowledge of at least one working language of the UN (English, Spanish, French); the desire to become part of a team; desire to work with people; ability to live in difficult conditions; the presence of interpersonal and organizational skills; experience any kind of employment in a developing country.

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