SFERA is an international youth movement supporting voluntary activities. SFERA is a non-governmental organization that helps to organize international volunteering projects in Russian Federation and send Russian volunteers to other countries.


Support of the volunteers

     Before the project starts, we make a connection between EX-volunteer who had already been in the country of the chosen project and worked in the hosting organization and the future EVS volunteer, so that they can have a real exchange of information. Moreover, the hosting organization and contact point outside EVS will give all information about the project, so that the volunteer will get a good overview about the project, its aims and her role.

     When arriving in the hosting country, volunteer will attend an On-Arrival Training, with elements of intercultural learning, more about the mentality/culture/language of the country and contact points for crises.

     After half-time of the EVS project, the volunteer will attend the mid-term meeting; with similar elements as in the on-arrival training.

     The hosting organization will plan together with the volunteer those aims and what they should/would like to do in their project exactly after getting to know the organisation. There will be regularly meetings with the mentor, who will also keep an eye on the well being of the volunteer!

     The volunteer will be supported by coordinator of the project (person from Hosting Organization), mentor (Russian volunteer) and person from SFERA (contact point outside EVS).

     Mentor is always motivated Russian volunteer with some knowledge about Russian culture, history, city, local community. Mentors are responsible for private life of volunteer; they help volunteer to be involved in local life (invite volunteer to local events, show good places in the city, show volunteer parts of Russian culture).



·         The volunteer should be aged between 18 and 30 years old

·         The projects last either 3, 6, 9 or 12 months

·         The working hours are 25-30 hours per week (5-6 hours per day). Weekends are free, and volunteer is entitled to 2 days off each month, which can be used separately or accumulated

·         The volunteer gets 55 euro pocket money directly to the personal account from the sending organization

·         The volunteer lives either in host family or shares apartment with other international volunteers. In both cases volunteer has his/her own room and is provided with necessary kitchen equipment, bed linen, etc.

·         The volunteer gets 100 euro per month for food and his/her transport costs around the city (home-work-home) are covered

·         Health insurance is provided by EVS grant and volunteers have access to wide variety of medical institutions in the city in case of illness

·         Volunteers are obliged to take part in on-arrival training and mid-term evaluation together with all volunteers hosted in Russia at the same period

  • The volunteer will have a language course, organized by hosting organization.



According to Russian law, foreigners can get 1-year visa to Russia ONLY if they’re students (therefore, invited by educational institution) or employees officially hired by organization. Volunteering doesn’t fall into any of these categories therefore maximum visa we can provide is 90 days, after that volunteer has to go back to home country and apply for a new one. The trip takes 10-14 days and travel costs are covered by the grant. Time spent to obtain the visa isn’t counted as holidays.


Application procedure


SFERA promotes available vacancies via network of partners, youthnetworks web-site and own web-site. Moreover, description of each hosting organization is placed in database on the web-site of European Commission. Volunteers are asked to apply with specific form of CV and ML (can be downloaded here). Selection of candidates is made by hosting organization representatives. If needed, phone or skype interview is held. If the hosting organization accepts the volunteer, following procedures for EVS placement are held. Beginning date of the project is stated in advance – however, the duration can be determined during communication of volunteer, SFERA and SO.


At the moment we’re looking for volunteers for the following projects:


1.      Interregional youth social movement of support of voluntary initiatives SFERA





The main field of work:

The aim of the organization is development and support of youth initiatives by providing young people with access to volunteering regardless of nation, religious, social status and disadvantages. The main activities are: international voluntary workamps, EVS and other long-term voluntary projects for youth, educational activities for youngsters and organizations involved in social service, promotion campaigns of volunteering, charity and social services. The most of the organizational activities allow to exchange experiences, knowledge and skills between youth from EECA, European Union and other countries of the World in order to inspire a sense of solidarity, tolerance and mutual understanding.

Description of work:

Volunteer is involved into everyday activities of our organization as well as has space for implementing his/her own mini-projects. The volunteer will be involved in promotion campaign of voluntary projects:

-       to search for places for the presentations, organize different promotion actions, organize and participate in the presentations of workcamps, work with local volunteers, who are going to help in the SFERA office;

-       to write articles about volunteering, give interviews to local newspapers and TV programs;

-       lightening of possibilities of cooperation with Russians for foreign NGOs, schools and universities;

-       if the volunteer will wish, s/he will have possibility to update the web-page, to upload some news about workcamps in Russia (with support of SFERA staff).

The volunteer will help with coordination of international voluntary exchanges (workcamps):

-       first of all to get to know about the all system of international workcamps, to get kind of training from SFERA;

-       to lead primary consultations and first coming consultations in the SFERA office, prepare materials for the presentations, make a data base of all possible workcamps;

-       to help future volunteers to tell them what is workcamp and volunteering in general, to choose project, to fill all necessary documents in, to fill in the volunteer data base;

-       to give informational support to foreign workcamp volunteers, to prepare some useful links about Russia, to control that all volunteers receive all necessary documents like invitation, visa and info sheet in time;

-       to contribute with the hosting organization in order to help them and control that everything were ready in time.

The volunteer will have chance to help with other activities of SFERA:

-       in the period when SFERA leads the workcamps, which are not supported by any grant of European Commission. The EVS volunteer will go to some of our workcamps to be a co-campleader;

-       to take active part in organization of trainings of SFERA (training for camp leaders, volunteers).


The volunteer will have chance to organize own mini project on the base of SFERA with cooperation of any NGO in Nizhniy, which will be created according to the interest of the volunteer. If the volunteer would like to take up and initiate own activities, s/he will be provided with proper support. The volunteer will be given the possibility and responsibility to initiate and execute his/her own projects. Any support necessary for his/her activities will be provided by us. We expect this to develop in course of time, according to how comfortable the volunteer feels, when he/she will learn the language etc. The volunteer would develop a concept together with the staff how to transfer his/her knowledge about this hobby or talent to the project.


Volunteers needed: 2

Starting date – 01/09/15 (for 9 or 12 months, TBC with the volunteer and SO)


We preferably need someone who has experience in international volunteering projects – workcamps, youth exchanges, seminars, and with basic knowledge of Russian. 



"I was in Russia for half a year, working as an EVS volunteer in SFERA office in Nizhny Novgorod. I really enjoyed my work. At the beginning it looked like most of it would be office work, dealing with papers and documentation. But as I started my project, it turned out to be a really diverse kind of work. I worked a lot with people, mostly with Russian volunteers, helping them with all their questions about volunteering abroad; I participated in trainings lead by SFERA, where I could talk to the future EVS volunteers about my experience in Russia and did a lot of things that were really interesting for me. SFERA office gave me an opportunity to realize my project in the way I wanted it to be. It was really great, because I gained experiences that are really important to me".


Neza Kos, Slovenia, 15/05/09-15/11/09


2.      Special (correctional) Primary School Nursery 6 of the form no. 365




The main field of work:

The school aimed to creation of conditions for improving the quality of education, health improvement and recovery processes during the transition to new models of education for children with developmental problems.

Objectives of the organization:

·         Forming the optimal level of preparation of pupils to study in the next stage of general education.

·         Improving conditions for maximum correction and compensation of disturbed psycho-physical features of pupils and students.

·         Stimulating creativity of teachers to create educational programs and professional development and promotion of the positive experience of staff.

·         Expanding rehabilitation route for graduates of institutions due to their inclusion in mainstream education (inclusion and integration).


Description of work:

The project is aimed to social rehabilitation and social inclusion of disabled children. The project is targeted on individual supervising of disabled child by EVS volunteer and training of basic social skills as well as mental development activities in this process. The second line of volunteer’s activity is organizing of group meetings and making workshops for disabled children depending on skills and interests of volunteer (it can be musical, art of handcraft workshops).

Possible tasks for the volunteer in the project are:

-   to develop mental and social skills of children through their communication and common activities with volunteers;

-   to provide children who can’t leave home with opportunities to participate in social life and to communicate with the world;

-   to help children with crafts and sport lessons;

-   to organize creative workshops for children;


There are optional tasks for the volunteers. S/he can organize English clubs, games for the children, if the volunteer has enough knowledge. And also volunteer can be asked by the staff of organization to help to prepare materials for lessons, games, manuals etc. as well as to translate necessary information about organizations into English or volunteer’s native languages to make that information available for international community (if the volunteer has skills to do it).


Volunteers needed: 2

Starting date – 01/09/15-01/06/2016


We preferably need someone who is ready to work with disabled children, patient and tolerant person, with basic knowledge of Russian.



"I have decided to be a volunteer in Russia, in a school for disabled children. And that was the best decision ever. For several reasons.

First of all it gave me the possibility to feel myself helpful and satisfied with the work I was doing. I will never forget the feeling of entering my classroom in the nursery school and being literally knocked down by ten kids hugging me and screaming my name (with their lovely Russian pronunciation). Or when Maxim, a 3 year old kid with movement disorders, started to walk towards me, or when Mariasha, a 3 year old girl, stopped crying only if I took her in my arms, or again when Lisa and Dasha let me become their best friend. As well as I will never forget the stories of the homeless people I had the opportunity to help in Caritas".


Angela Demuro, Italy, 01/03/2012-01/09/2012



3. Centre for work with children, youth and family "KALEYDOSKOP"






The main aim of the Centre is creating conditions for development and support of initiatives, personal self-determination and self-realization of children, youth and families, and promoting their involvement into governmental, economical and social processes occurring on the territory of the municipality of Kirov. All our activities aimed on three groups: children, youth, families. The main attention we pay for work with families because it is the basic social institution. Working with families we work at the same time with children and youth and effect of our work is more systematic and long-term.


The main tasks of our activities are the following:


- Organization and implementation of activities, intended for work with children and youth;

- Participation in the prevention of antisocial behaviour in adolescents, youth and families;

- Participation in ensuring the conditions for the development of physical culture and sports, organization of sports and recreational activities for children, youth and families;

- Participation in the creation of conditions for public entertainment of children, youth and families;

- Participation in support of socially-oriented non-profit organizations, charities and volunteerism;

- Participation in informing about the activities of local governments.


To perform these tasks, we implement the following activities:


-Work of associations of interest for children, adolescents, youth and families;

- Implementing social and cultural activities;

- Identifying and support of social initiatives of children, adolescents, youth, families; their including into social and meaningful activities of the local community;

- Organising sports events outdoors or indoors for professionals and amateurs;

- Activities to promote training and sports events;

- Activities of information services to provide legal, statistical, socio-economic and other information;

- Activities of associations that contribute to solving social problems and challenges: they have patriotic purposes including war veterans association, the activities of groups united by common interests (communication clubs, volunteer agencies, etc.), activities the youth councils, children and youth organizations, clubs, etc.;

- Activities related to the creation and use of databases and information resources, including Internet resources, providing search services by Internet portals;

- Providing social services under the authority of local government municipality The City of Kirov: expert advice on matters of education, philanthropy, advice on marriage and family.


Volunteers needed: 2

Starting date – 01/09/15 (for 9 or 12 months, TBC with the volunteer and SO)


We preferably need someone who is ready to organize events, show initiative and with basic knowledge of Russian.



4. The state general education institution "Kirov Lyceum of physics and mathematics"






The Lyceum of phisics and mathematics is one of the leaders in school educational system in Kirov region. It was founded in 1988 as a secondary school and in 1991 it got the high status of Lyceum. The main aim of the Lyceum is theearly detection, training and education of children withintellectual and  creative talents.

The Lyceum was declared as the best in education system on the regional and state level several times.


Description of work:


The primary activities of the volunteers are:

  1. Preparation and realization lessons of non-formal education for children and teenagers;
  2. Participation in the actions and events spent by employees of school;
  3. The volunteers will have the opportunity to create own group of students (patrol), which will be directed on physical and cultural development of children, self-affirmation and increasing of activity of adults;
  4. Volunteer could help students in different activities in the Lyceum museum and Lyceum newspaper;
  5. Volunteer will have possibility organize leisure time, workshops, and game process for students of the Lyceum;
  6. Volunteers will be asked to help active groups at the Lyceum, Students Council and Students Scientific Community in organization of different kinds of events, such as organizing conferences, concerts, festivals.

Volunteers needed: 1

Starting date – 01/09/15 - 01/06/16

We preferably need someone who is open to working with children and has ideas for implementing within their free time.





5. Nizhny Novgorod Regional Public Organization of Disabled Children "Konkort"




The main field of work:


Nizhny Novgorod Regional Public Organization of Disabled Children "Konkort" is the parent club, performing rehabilitation of children and young people with various restrictions of health through activities with the active participation of volunteers. We call it parent club, because the organization was created with initiatives of parents of youngsters and working with big support and help of parents.


Description of work:


The general aim of the activity is social rehabilitation and social inclusion of disabled children and young people visiting “Konkort” working with such group of youth. Nowadays a lot of young people with physical and mental disability are completely isolated from the community and have contacts only with their parents and social servants, as well as they can’t provide themselves with even elementary domestic needs. The project targeted on individual supervising of young disabled by EVS volunteer and training of basic social skills as well as mental development activities in this process. The second line of volunteer’s activity is organizing of group meetings and making workshops for disabled youth and children depending on skills and interests of volunteer (it can be musical, art of handcraft workshops).

In the frame of the project the volunteer can help with creation of a project of cooperation between NGOs working with disabled youth in Nizhniy Novgorod and in European countries for opening new opportunities for experience exchange between organizations and for children’s and youth communication with coevals from different countries.


Possible options can be the following:

Teaching: The volunteer will lead a workshop (development group) for mentally retarded youth, doing handicrafts as little toys, drawing, painting, knitting, pottery etc. in Montessori conception. As another option the volunteer can lead English conversation club or play games in English with youth.

Managing: The volunteer can help to arrange leisure time activities for youth together with their parents and the staff and actively participate in preparing and arranging different events during several holidays, e.g. theatre and cinema visits, picnics, walks, birthdays, other feasts. 


Volunteers neded: 2

Dates - 01/09/15-01/06/16

We preferably need someone who is ready to work with disabled and has some experience in sports.



"I was working with mentally disabled youth at ‘‘Konkort‘‘ together with Sinisa, the volunteer from Croatia. It was the first time for me working with disabled. I allways had a desire to work with such people and I am very happy I have chosen this project. As I knew Russian language before for me it was easy to communicate, understand people and get in touch with others. Probably the most challenging was the perception, that I don‘t have to do anything special or extraordinary, but the most important and valuable is just being with people in my project, drinking tea, talking with them, playing board games, celebrating birthdays, doing sport, going for a walk. These disabled young people taught me not to be in a hurry, but relax and enjoy every moment".


Simona Jaglinska, Lithuania,  01/10/2011-01/04/2012



If you're interested to apply for our projects, please send application form (can be downloaded here) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1st of December. Please mention the name of organization that you're applying for. IMPORTANT! last page of the application form is to be filled in by your sending organization. Without it, application will not be considered. If you don't have it, you can search for it here http://europa.eu/youth/evs_database


We also invite you to watch 24-minute movie about life of our EVS volunteers in Nizhny Novgorod http://mirtv.ru/programms/13243/episode/9724938, as well as about EVS day in Kirov http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfoXBR10lmU and video-gift from our EVS volunteer in SFERA office Reelika Paju (Estonia) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSU55ASAbBg. This will probably give you a better insight in what's going on here ;)


With any questions please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Irina).

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