At Language Link we do our best to provide high standard programmes ensuring that our volunteers have an enriching and worthwhile experience. However, rather than just take our word for it, here is what some of our more recent volunteers had to say about the LL Volunteer Programme:
Constantine Apostolopolous (from Canada) - Moscow (volunteer teaching assistant)
I would like to say thanks to Language Link for my short stay in Moscow. It was a wonderful experience. Language Link was very helpful and flexible in accommodating me, and I'm thankful for that. My stay in Moscow was unique and eye-opening: my homestay was excellent, the hosts friendly, helpful and very generous. They went of out their way to take care of me. The Language Link support system is unparalleled; I really appreciated the support of teachers, administrators and other staff. I've enjoyed my free Russian classes, and the teachers of both Russian and English are real professionals with thorough knowledge of educational theory and teaching methodology. It was a wonderful place to work and I had a wonderful time. I recommend the Volunteer Programme to anybody interested. It is a valuable work experience! I will treasure my stay in Moscow volunteering for LL, and am already planning my next trip to Moscow. I wish all the best to Language Link and its employees.
Sara Huxley (from England) - Moscow (volunteer teaching assistant) and St Petersburg region (summer camp teacher)
A most interesting visit to Russia. Language Link have been a fantastic company to work for, enabling me to learn Russian, learn how to teach English, and letting me have lots of fun at the same time. I received very good training as a teaching assistant, and training for the camp was even better. I was thoroughly prepared, and thus I had a great time here. Thanks to the staff for all their hard work, and to Liudmila and Marina for making learning Russian so interesting. I'm looking forward to coming back to help out!
Claire Jewkes (from England) - Moscow (volunteer translator/proof-reader)
I had a lot of support from the translation departments at both LL and RBC (Ros Business Consulating, a LL partner). It was interesting to see the tasks translators are asked to complete, questions that come up, and the time restraints involved. I thought all the staff were helpful, welcoming and friendly, and it was a pleasure to work with them. It was extremely good to have lessons in the Russian department as part of the programme: they were all very helpful and improved my Russian in a short time. My hostel accommodation was good, and the International Programmes Department very helpful. I had a very good experience working at LL!
Charlotte (from Ireland) - Moscow (volunteer translator/proof-reader and RFL admin assistant)
Volunteering at LL matched my expectations and more - it could have been a disaster as I had very particular interests and requirements for a short stay, but it was exactly what I needed. The staff in RFL are such lovely people; Masha went out of her way to give me interesting jobs, and there was a great atmosphere in the office. I also learnt a lot in my Russian lessons. The work in the translation department was interesting, and the administrative staff were extremely efficient and helpful. Thanks!
Caleb Waugh (from USA) - Moscow (volunteer student welfare and activities assistant, teaching assistant and education consultant)
I can only say good things about my incredible experience; I fell in love with Moscow and my time at Language Link was wonderful, the staff, the students and the work. The home stay worked out brilliantly, it was a great insight into Russian life and I got on very well with the family. The relaxed and friendly working atmosphere in the office motivated me to do a good job. Working in the classroom was an incredible experience, the students were curious and very eager to get to know me, and therefore it also provided me with a good opportunity to interact with Russians. I also had the chance to take some Russian classes, and I found at the end of my stay in Moscow I had improved drastically in my spoken ability.
For anyone who wants a bit of adventure, who wants to challenge themselves but at the same time have an amazing time in an amazing place, I would recommend Language Link in a second and without hesitation.