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MontanaPreMed
30-09-2015, 19:02
Howdy from Montana, expats (etc.)!

I'm going to be in Moscow for a few weeks in November of this year and I am look for good ways to spend my free time while I'm there. My lady friend is studying at one of the local universities and she'll be busy while I'm there so I'll have plenty of time to spare. I am pursuing other avenues, but I thought this would be a good place to ask.

It would be great to find medicine related opportunities, but really anything that would have a positive impact locally and not damage my CV would be great. Is there anything going on in Moscow with Syrian refugees?

I live in Montana now, but lived in LA and NYC previously and lived in Europe for six years in the 90s. I speak Swedish well and German poorly, and, alas, have no Russian.

I appreciate any help! Thanks in advance!
Robert

FatAndy
01-10-2015, 08:44
Hi Robert,
W/o at least basic Russian it looks almost impossible. I'm not quite sure if we have laws allowing to hire foreigners for volunteer jobs... But no fee for asking (Russian proverb) - you may try to contact American Medical Center or European Medical Center in Moscow, they have Eng speaking personnel, and many expats use them.
http://www.intac.ru/en/
http://www.amcenter.ru/

http://www.EMCmos.ru

If your nervous system is stable, you also may knock to Sklif (biggest emergency medical institution of Moscow) http://sklifos.ru/obrazovanie/ - here is their educational dept, as you're student, I recommend to contact them first.

Also you may try to contact police, they need Eng-speakers for touristic police division http://petrovka38.ru/document/6044719 - though I don't know if they hire foreigners but f you're volunteer, again why not ask?

There is no massive influx of Syrian refugees in Moscow, besides those married RF citizens. So nothing going on, and this is good and correct.

Good ways to spend your time are museums, theaters, art galleries, walking in parks... and, yes, pub crawling. ;)

MontanaPreMed
01-10-2015, 18:55
Thank you for the advice! I realize that it's going to be a challenge with no Russian and not being at all familiar with the culture, but I'm going to throw everything I can think of against the wall to see if anything sticks. The touristic police is an interesting idea.

Museums, etc., are part of the plan, but I would like to get my hands dirty as well.

FatAndy
01-10-2015, 19:31
Then knock those doors... and wait a bit more, maybe somebody will drop another ideas.

Benedikt
01-10-2015, 23:03
Thank you for the advice! I realize that it's going to be a challenge with no Russian and not being at all familiar with the culture, but I'm going to throw everything I can think of against the wall to see if anything sticks. The touristic police is an interesting idea.
Museums, etc., are part of the plan, but I would like to get my hands dirty as well.

working for a charity looks always good on a CV.
http://www.evansnyc.com/charity/

each one has a website,Google will translate in to English, might be worth a try as well.

xp@
02-10-2015, 11:46
Any kind of work - even volunteer work - while here on a tourist or business visa can get you deported and banned from re-entry.

Has happened recently with some other foreigners.

Would that improve or damage your CV?

Benedikt
02-10-2015, 17:51
Any kind of work - even volunteer work - while here on a tourist or business visa can get you deported and banned from re-entry.

Has happened recently with some other foreigners.

Would that improve or damage your CV?

as long as one takes no money for it, it is not regularly, like every day, 8h or so, i do not see any problem with that. but i am willing to learn and listen when being told otherwise.

xp@
03-10-2015, 14:51
Western Scholars Alarmed By Russian Deportations, Fines

http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-western-scholars-alarmed-deportations/26929921.html

Four California students deported from Russia in 'political' visa row

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/11/four-students-california-deported-russia-political-visa-row

Russia Says It Has Deported Four Americans - For “propagandizing American values.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/russia-says-it-has-deported-four-americans#.ssq39gnVv

Benedikt
03-10-2015, 17:09
Western Scholars Alarmed By Russian Deportations, Fines

http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-western-scholars-alarmed-deportations/26929921.html

Four California students deported from Russia in 'political' visa row

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/11/four-students-california-deported-russia-political-visa-row

Russia Says It Has Deported Four Americans - For “propagandizing American values.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/russia-says-it-has-deported-four-americans#.ssq39gnVv

at least the last one, at least from bureaucratic view, right. teaching and making money on a tourist visa is out. and the students AND the organisation for sure knew that.
so, maybe it is indeed better for the guy not to come here trying to do something. just come on a tourist visum and a camera and have a good time.

MontanaPreMed
07-10-2015, 18:53
Hey all, thanks for the great advice. I am getting a three year visa so I am going to make this trip a purely fun/fact finding trip -- stick to the museum and pub itinerary -- and lay the groundwork for future, more engaged trips.

By the way, air fare it Moscow is very cheap right now, at least from Montana. The latest quote I have for a 12 day trip over the Thanksgiving holiday is $689 round trip.

FatAndy
07-10-2015, 20:28
Hey all, thanks for the great advice. I am getting a three year visa so I am going to make this trip a purely fun/fact finding trip -- stick to the museum and pub itinerary -- and lay the groundwork for future, more engaged trips.

By the way, air fare it Moscow is very cheap right now, at least from Montana. The latest quote I have for a 12 day trip over the Thanksgiving holiday is $689 round trip.
Well, looks right - get in, sniff around, calculate and decide what to do further. Regarding air fares - it varies, you may catch good bargains... 10 days trip in Apr 2003 on the route Moscow-Seattle-Portland-Seattle-Boston-JFK-Moscow costed me around kilobuck, by Aeroflot-Horizon-Horizon-Alaska-Delta-Aeroflot. BTW, what aeroport of Moscow (3-letter code) you will arrive into and what street in Moscow is your final destination?

MontanaPreMed
08-10-2015, 22:55
Delta/KLM to SVO. Nikitskaya Street.

FatAndy
09-10-2015, 11:58
Delta/KLM to SVO. Nikitskaya Street.
Then, if you have not much luggage, take aeroexpress from SVO to Belorussky vokzal, then take green line of metro to Teatral'naya station and do exit to Teatral'naya square, pass along Mohovaya street and turn right near Manezh - you'll have the beginning of Bol'shaya Nikitskaya. It is rather long, so if you need another end (bigger numbers), better to go cilcle line from Belorussky vokzal to Krasnopresnenskaya station, and cross Sadovoe kol'tso (Garden ring). With a lot of luggage take taxi from airport, but don't pay more than 1500 rub ;)

MontanaPreMed
10-10-2015, 19:50
Great, thank you. That is very helpful.

FatAndy
10-10-2015, 20:15
For more info about SVO itself see my thread, if needed
http://forum.expat.ru/showthread.php?397244-Sheremetyevo-(SVO)-airport

Good luck.