Cody White volunteered with numerous organizations while studying abroad with SRAS in Moscow. He promoted study abroad for Russians, tutored English, and stared in a video promoting travel to Russia. For more information on his adventures, click here.

Due to frequent student requests for such information, we have provided the following list of charities in Russia that generally accept volunteers and/or donations.

Expenses, Legalities, and Logistics: Interested students should contact these organizations directly. SRAS bears no direct relation to them. None of these organizations, to our knowledge, offer volunteers financial or material assistance: visa and registration, housing, and other expenses will likely be the student’s responsibility. Only a Russian work visa will allow a foreigner to be legally paid for any work completed in Russia. For more on working in Russia, click here.

Volunteering vs. Interning: Students may find that a volunteer abroad experience can be most realistically arranged in conjunction with a study abroad program. Study abroad programs can arrange affordable, long-term visas (for up to one year, renewable in-country), affordable housing, and language lessons to help you communicate with the people you are working with and trying to help. Programs such as SRAS can also help turn the experience into a pre-arranged, fully documented internship experience to better build your resume.

Submissions to and comments on this list may be sent to the editor. We thank the site Redtape.ru for originally compiling much of this information. SRAS has added additional information from other sources and removed some charities that are no longer in operation.


Recommended Organizations
(in alphabetical order)

I. Outside of Moscow

Center for the Development of NGOs
Address: St. Petersburg – Ligovskii pr., 87, office 300
Phone: 7 (812) 718-37-94
Web: http://crno.ru/
Email: crno@crno.ru
The center helps NGOs with information, trainings, and networking with coorporations.

Deti Peterburga (Children of St. Petersburg)
Address: Multiple locations in St. Petersburg
Phone: (911) 720-1989; (921) 093-8819
Email: school@detipeterburga.ru
Web: detipeterburga.ru
Facebook: facebook.com/childrenofstpetersburg
“Children of St. Petersburg” is a volunteer-based NGO, providing cultural and educational programs for children. Our programs are aimed to help every child to become involved into the life of the society, to cooperate with the people around, to be aware of the rights of the child, and to have opportunities for personal growth. All our lessons and activities are free for children of any nationality and social status.

English City
Address: Saint Petersburg – Nevsky Prospect, 1, office 528Б
Phone: 7 (812) 494-0784; 928-0579
Web: http://www.english-city.ru
English City is an international school of theatre and linguistics that provides Russian schoolchildren and students with the opportunity to combine practice of conversational English with theatrical training.

Green Peace Russia
Address: Offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg
Phone: 7 (495) 988-7460
Email: info@greenpeace.ru
Web: www.greenpeace.org
International environmental activists.

Hope Worldwide
Offices and activities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk.
Phone: 7 (495) 729-1961
Email: hopeww@bk.ru
Web: www.hopeww.ru
Charity that provides hot meals and home visits to seniors and has monthly programs including birthday parties in orphanages. Looking for volunteers.

Malookhtinsky Dom
Address: Saint-Petersburg – Malookhtinsky Prospekt, 51
Phone: +7 (812) 528-6202
Email: domtrudolubia@mail.ru
Web: http://domtrud.ru/
This is a shelter for homeless and/or abused girls. It provides therapy and rehabilitation as well as a place to stay.

The Salvation Army
Address: Moscow; St. Petersburg; and missions throughout Russia
Phone: 7 (495) 678-5514, 678-0351
Email: Russia_Division@eet.salvationarmy.org; Nina_Shirskaya@eet.salvationarmy.org
Web: salvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army in Russia aids orphanages, children’s prisons and schools. Contact: Nina Shirskaya.

 

II. In Moscow

American Center Moscow
Address: Moscow – 1 Nikoloyamskaya Ulitsa
Phone: 7 (495) 728-5243
Email: amcenter@amc.ru
Web: www.amc.ru
American Corners and Centers are public libraries based on the American model. They provide library and reference services and host cultural and educational programs. American Corners can provide opportunities for students studying various topics to meet and discuss those topics with locals interested in the topic. There are several locations of American Corners and Centers throughout Russia.

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Info: http://amnesty.org/en/who-we-are
Email: msk@amnesty.org
Russian Site: http://amnesty.org.ru/volunteer
An international human rights organization.

Baikal Wave
Address: Irkutsk – Lermontova str., 140
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Baikalvolna
Baikal Wave works to preserve the environment of the Lake Baikal region.

Best Buddies Russia
Address: Moscow – Letnikovskaya St. 11/10 build. 5
Phone: 7 (495) 725-39-82
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BestBuddiesRu
Web: http://www.bestbuddies.ru/
Best Buddies assists individuals with developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities. Contact: Denise Rosa.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Russia
Address: Moscow – Matrosskaya tishina street 23, bld. 1, entrance 11, 2-nd floor, office 3
Phone: 7 (495) 500-4042
Email: aleksandra.goryacheva@nastavniki.org
Web: http://www.nastavniki.org/
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia is a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters International, one of the most effective mentoring programs for children in difficult life situations.

Big Change
Address: Moscow – Varshavskoye shosse, 66, building 2
Phone: 7 (499) 317-4444
Email: info@bigchange.ru
Web: www.bigchange.ru
Facebook: http://facebook.com/BigChangeFoundation
Help with the social adaptation program for orphans aging out of the system. Volunteers needed to teach English, converse with the young adults, and to organize excursions.

Carnegie Moscow Center
Address: Moscow – Tverskaya St. 16/2
Phone: 7 (495) 935-8904
Web: http://carnegie.ru/
Email: info@carnegie.ru
Carnegie Center produces expert research and nonpartisan analysis independent of government or commercial interests, committed to the principles of international scholarship and objectivity
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Center for Curative Pedagogics
Address: Moscow – Stroiteley str. 17B
Phone: 7 (495) 131-0683
Web: http://www.ccp.org.ru/
Email: ccpmain@online.ru
Small Russian NGO that aids children with developmental problems. Near metro Universitet. Contact: Roman Dimenshtein.

Center for Interethnic Cooperation
Address: Moscow
Email: center@interethnic.org
Web: http://interethnic.org/en/
The center is focused on assisting Russia’s various ethnic minorities.  

Civic Assistance Center for Forced Migrants
Address: Moscow – Olympiiskii Prospekt, 22
Phone: 7 (495) 681-1823; 7 (495) 681-1532
Web: www.refugee.ru/en/
The center offers work with refugees on specific cases, translation, and some project management as well volunteer English teaching with migrants and their children. The center provides after-school education to 20 refugee children, individually and in small groups.

Club of Volunteers
Address: Moscow – Shukhova, 17, building 2
Phone: 7 (916) 814-74-88
Web: www.club-volonterov.ru
Email: info@club-volonterov.ru
The Club of Volunteers is a community of like-minded people united by a desire to support children in orphanages and social care institutions. They have a webpage in English and appear to be youth run.

Community to Children
Address: Moscow – 5th Monetchikovskii pereulok, 16, office 2
Phone: 7 (963) 968-72-84
Email: info@com-children.ru
Web: http://com-children.ru/
Work with migrant mothers and children. Creates safe conditions conducive to a child’s development, promoting the best interests of every child in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Contact: Jenny Chambers.

Diema’s Dream
Address: Moscow – Academician Bochvar Street, 10A
Phone: 7 (495) 942-4003
Email: sergey@ddfund.ru
Web: www.diemasdream.com
US-registered charity that supports a Moscow institution for disabled orphans. Contact: Sergey Petrovich Andryushin

Doctors of the World
Address: Tolyatti, Samara Region
Email: info@dowusa.org
Web: http://doctorsoftheworld.org/where-we-work/asia/russia/
A non-profit group currently focused on issues of maternity and fetal health as well as providing primary care to the autonomous populations of the Russian Great North.

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Dogs as Assistants to Disabled People
Address: Moscow
Phone: 7 (498) 698-2068, 7 (910) 418-4289
Email: guidedogs@guidedogs.ru, guidedogs@yandex.ru
Web: www.guidedogs.ru
Non-profit that trains both guide dogs for the blind and help dogs for physically disabled people. Recipients get the dogs for free, plus courses to learn how to work with their four-legged companions.

Dom Miloserdia (Mercy House)
Address: Moscow
Phone: 7 (926) 128-2344
Email: mercyhouse@yandex.ru
Web: http://www.mercy-house.ru/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mercyhouse
Work with homeless children, orphanage visits.Downside Up
Address: Moscow
Phone: 7 (499) 367-1000
Email: downsideup@downsideup.org
Web: www.downsideup.org
Center for children with Down Syndrome and their families.

Ecologia Youth Trust
Address: Northwest Russia (Kitezh and Orion)
Email: info@ecologia.org.uk, volunteers@ecologia.org.uk
Web: www.ecologia.org.uk
This Scottish charity hosts therapeutic eco-communities to help orphans. They have two projects in Russia: in Kitezh is in the Kaluga Region, 300 kilometers southwest of Moscow and a second in Orion, 80 km from Moscow. Volunteers are welcome.

Great Baikal Trail
Address: Irkutsk – Lapina St. 43B
Phone: 7 (914) 879-7478
Email: projects@greatbaikaltrail.org, international-volunteers@greatbaikaltrail.org
Web: www.greatbaikaltrail.org/
The Great Baikal Trail Association is an international volunteer-driven non-profit working to develop, maintain and protect the first 1,300-mile long national trail in Russia, along Lake Baikal, thereby promoting sustainable development of the Baikal region. Contact: Anna Belova

Green Peace Russia
Address: Offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg
Phone: 7 (495) 988-7460
Email: info@greenpeace.ru
Web: www.greenpeace.org
International environmental activists.

Hope Worldwide
Offices and activities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk.
Phone: 7 (495) 729-1961
Email: hopeww@bk.ru
Web: www.hopeww.ru
Charity that provides hot meals and home visits to seniors and has monthly programs including birthday parties in orphanages. Looking for volunteers.
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Address: Moscow
Email:  iwccharities@gmail.com
Web: http://www.iwcmoscow.ru/
The International Women’s Club Charities Group is large catch-all charity helping the elderly, the homeless, orphans, adolescents, the handicapped, foster families, and more.

Kidsave International
Address: Moscow, projects across Russia
Phone: 7 (919) 102-0436, 7 (903) 979-4688
Email: moscow@kidsave.org 
Web: www.kidsaverussia.org
Charity that aims to help teen mothers, place orphans, and educate orphans in various life skills through mentoring.

Kraski Detstva
Address: Moscow
Phone: 7 (916) 678-2877
Email: maslova.im@gmail.com
Web: www.kraskidetstva.ru
Kraski Detstva encourages creative development of children in orphanages.

Maria’s Children
Address: Moscow – Dmitrovsky Per. 2/10
Phone: (495) 692-4870, (495) 692-14-47
Email: mariaschildren@yandex.ru
Web: www.mariaschildren.ru
Provides arts therapy and training for Russian orphans.

Memorial
Address: Moscow – Malyi Karetnyi pereulok, 12; Karetny Ryad, 5/10.
Phone: 650-78-83
Email: info@memo.ru
Web: http://www.memo.ru/eng/

MiraMed Institute
Address: Moscow – Koteinicheskaya Naberezhnaya 1/15
Phone: 7 (495) 915-4614
Email: vsuprunov@miramed.org
Web: http://www.miramed.org/volunteer.htm
Works with woman’s rights, prevention of international sexual trafficking, social adaptation of orphans, and computer education including graphics and publishing. Contact: Vladislav Suprunov.

Miloserdie (Kindhearted)
Address: Based in Moscow, projects throughout Russia.
Phone: 7 (495) 972-9702, 542-0000
Web: www.miloserdie.ru
Email: Through Contact Page
The official charity arm of the Orthodox Church – works with the homeless, orphans, the handicapped, soldier’s families, and more.

Moscow Int. Rotary Club
Address: Moscow – Tverskaya St., 22
Phone: 7 (495) 787 8887
Web: http://www.rcmi.ru/
Email: secretary@rc-mi.org
The local English-speaking chapter of this professional and diplomatic group that supports a variety of educational and charity projects including an annual music compeition for kids. Contact: Heinz Kraenzlein.

Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy
Address: Moscow – Voznesensky Pereulok 8 (St. Andrew’s Church)
Phone: 7 (499) 143-3562
Email: administrator@mpcrussia.org
Web: http://www.mpcrussia.org/
Religious organization that runs soup kitchens and provides services for refugees and poor students.

My Dream City
Info: info@mydreamcity.org
Web: http://mydreamcity.org/
The My Dream City project involved volunteer communities in 7 countries: Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Macedonia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The My Dream City project invites communities all over the world to organize drawing sessions in their local orphanages and children’s hospitals, in which young kids are tasked with drawing their dream city.
Journalism-2014 Nastenka Fund
Address: Moscow – Kashirskoe Shosse, 23
Phone: 7 (495) 980-5377, 585-4101
Email: mail@nastenka.ru
Web: www.nastenka.ru
Foundation that aids Russian children with cancer and their families. Seeks volunteers to play with children.

Operation Smile Russia
Address: Moscow – Podsosensky Pereulok 20/12 Bldg. 1 – 1A, Office C400
Phone: 7 (495) 917-5141; 7 (905) 429-0930
Email: olgak@operationsmile.org
Web: www.operationsmile.org.ru
Operation Smile is a charity assisting children who require facial reconstructive surgery to do deformations or accidents. Contacts: Olga Kudamanova.

Perspektiva
Address: Moscow – Letnikovskaya St. 11/10 build. 5 – provides support to projects throughout the former Soviet Union.
Phone: 7 (495) 725-3982
Email: office@perspektiva-inva.ru
Web: http://perspektiva-inva.ru/en/
Perspektiva is an umbrella organization helping disabled and handicapped people throughout Russia and the CIS. Focus on inclusive education and employment.
Contact: Denise Rosa.

PREODOLENIE-L Center for Handicapped Children
Address: Moscow – Soyuzny prospekt, 4, entr. 8
Phone: 7 (495) 301-6150, 301-0577
Email: info@preodolenie-l.ru
Web: http://preodoleniel.ru/en/
Aids handicapped children with horse-riding therapy, a preschool program, English-language classes, art classes, etc.
Contacts: Toni Russin; Artym Ivanov; Ivanova Lidia Borisovna.

Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund (ROOF)
Address: Based in Moscow, projects in rural areas around Russia.
Phone: 7 (916) 220-3701
Email: through the Contact page 
Web: www.roofnet.org
Group that helps provide education to orphans and orphanage graduates in Moscow and beyond. Seeks financial sponsors and volunteers.

The Salvation Army
Address: Moscow; St. Petersburg; and missions throughout Russia
Phone: 7 (495) 678-5514, 678-0351
Email: Russia_Division@eet.salvationarmy.org; Nina_Shirskaya@eet.salvationarmy.org
Web: www.salarmy.ru
The Salvation Army in Russia aids orphanages, children’s prisons and schools. Contact: Nina Shirskaya.

Schastlivy Mir (Happy World)
Address: Moscow – Bolshaya Serpukhovskaya St. 44, office 19
Phone: 7 (495) 980-0438
Email: km@hworld.msk.ru
Web: blagotvoritelnyi-fond.ru
Helpling children with cancer and other severe medical conditions.

Sofia Fund
Address: Moscow – Yartsevskaya 25a
Phone: (495) 710-7200
Web: www.sofiafond.ru
Email: sofiarbof@yandex.ru or through Contact Page
Provides assistance to the elderly.

Sozvezdie
Address: Khabarovsk – Tikhookeanskaya, 75
Phone: (4212) 91-0451, 91-0459
Email: sozvezdie-khb@mail.ru
Web: www.kdcsozvezdie.ru
This summer camp, held in a village in the Russian Far East, provides recreation and education facilities for children. Leaders/counselors from USA, Canada or Europe are wanted.

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Starikam
Phone: (926)597-1113
Web: http://www.starikam.org/
Email: starikam@inbox.ru
Visits with the elderly.

Taganka Children’s Fund
Address: Moscow – Bolshoi Rogozhskii per., 10, building 2
Phone: (495) 911-7449
Email: tcf@akado.ru
Web: www.charity-tcf.ru
Group that helps disadvantaged Moscow families including single-parent families, large families, families with disabled children or parents.

Tahoe-Baikal Institue
Email: info@tahoebaikal.org
Web: www.tahoebaikal.org
Volunteers can donate expertise as a speaker or discussion leader, a field project leader, a consultant on a program or project and assist with generating publicity for TBI programs. Contact: Bryan von Lossberg

Task Force Against Racism
Address: Moscow – Voznesensky Pereulok 8 (St. Andrew’s Church)
Email: taskforce@mpcss.org
Web: http://mpcrussia.org/task-force-against-racism/
Ministry of Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy. Visit with African refugees. Coordinator: Penny Grenfell

United Way
Address: Moscow – 14 Nizhnyaya Str., Bldg. 1, office 5; projects across Russia
Phone: 7 (495) 780-9718
Email: info@unitedway.ru
Web: www.unitedway.ru
Local affiliate of United Way International. This group promotes charitable activities and the development of non-profits in Russia.

World Wildlife Fund
Address: Moscow – Nikoloyamskaya st.19 building 3
Phone: 7 (495) 727 09 39
Email: russia@wwf.ru
International environmental activists.

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