Тhe Centre of Creative Development “Volshebniki” (RUS-23)

Type: Education, Children - Country: Russian Federation

Brief description and main aims

The Centre of Creative Development "Volshebniki"(CCD "Volshebniki") is located in Samara and aims to provide education and a safe space for children of a wide range of ages to spend their time while their parents are working.

The Centre started in November 2006 and has two branches located in nice, safe areas of the city near big parks.

The Centre aims to support children with learning difficulties and disabilities and provide good-quality education to children from low-income households. These children are taught for free or for a small fee to cover the cost of the staff at the Centre.

Main Activities

The teachers care for and educate about 80 children aged between 1 and 15. The children generally have demanding timetables from their state schools and come to the Centre in their free time for 3-4 hours a week. Children are offered a safe place where they can use their free time productively.


Volunteer tasks

Volunteers will work with children aged between 2 and 15, mainly in after-school (/after-kindergarten) groups. Some of the volunteer's tasks include:
  • preparing  small activities for breaks or free time between lessons
  • organizing different events
  • playing with children during breaks and when the teachers need to work alone
  • assisting teachers in the classroom and following the lesson plan
  • helping teachers prepare classes and workshops
  • acting as a responsible adult and maintaining discipline
  • interacting with children through games, songs, drawings and workshops
  • having direct contact with the children
  • being a role model, to act responsibly and to maintain discipline
  • helping clean up the class room, playroom and corridor after sessions
  • helping the children with school projects
  • organizing their free time and lead masterclasses in accordance with their abilities and interests
We are willing to offer our volunteers the opportunity to learn how to organize leisure time activities and we will also show them different methods for working with children of different ages. We would appreciate help with languages activities. We want to give our volunteers space for their own activities and ideas. 

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should
  • be between 18-30 years old (flexible)
  • have a strong motivation and desire to work with children
  • have strong communication skills
  • be observant
  • be responsible
Previous experience working with children and knowledge of Russian are welcomed, but not essential.


The centre is located in Samara.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

Volunteers will live either in host families or in a flat shared with other international volunteers in the city of Samara.

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