Internship and Volunteer programs for Russian language students have become extremely popular in recent years. And not just because these exciting assignments represent the experience of a lifetime. Young people are increasingly looking for work abroad options for a number of very practical reasons. These go beyond the obvious fact that working abroad looks good on any CV.
Our students choose Internships and Volunteering because they want to
1) do something meaningful in a gap year
2) explore career options
3) develop social competence skills
4) acquire proficient language skills
5) immerse in a different culture
Try study and work programs in Latvia! Aim for a unique insight into the Russian daily life of our times. Although the assignments are all supervised by the school, the experience inside the host organisations will be very authentic.
For legal reasons, most work experience assignments in Latvia are unpaid. You should also be aware that accommodation and insurances must be covered by yourself. Russian Language Academy Durbe offers several accommodation options, but you are under no obligation to book your accommodation with the school. Russian internship programs can last from two weeks to half a year, depending on the requirements of the host organisations.
Students need a sufficient level of Russian in order to qualify for one of the places on offer. The entry-level (language competence on arrival) should be at least A2. RLA Durbe requires a minimum of four weeks in a standard group course (or three weeks individual) prior to internship.
RLA Durbe offers two kinds of internship programs
• Internships: a temporary, supervised, practical experience program in which a young person, usually a college or university student, carries out a training experience in a temporary position at a hosting company.
• Volunteer programs: a temporary practical training in which a person voluntarily carries out a task which has social, environmental or cultural relevance.
The feedback from our students about their Russian intern experience in Riga
Giulia, ITALY: “This working experience at school challenged myself. It evaluated my skills in order to make them better and enrich my resume. I recommend Russian Language Academy Durbe to those who want to have a working experience abroad”.
Requirements to start an Internship/Volunteer program
Minimum age: 18, however, some host organizations do require a higher age
Russian language level and usage: at least A2+, mostly B1
Placement fee: 250 EUR (should be paid together with course fees).
The school places interns in carefully selected host organizations.