Health and safety

The safety and well-being of our interns is at the core of what we do.

  • Trusted partner organizations: Our partners in Russia are well-run commercial and not-for-profit organizations. We know their managers, and we have well-defined expectations for the kind of experience and support interns should get. After the end of each program year, we deconstruct the program to build on what went well and understand where we can improve. Periodically, we travel to Russia to meet with them in person to confirm that what we offer is still what Crossroads interns get in practice.  
  • Pre-departure preparation: Before you go, you will have all the information you need to travel confidently. We will have put you in touch with the local coordinator and your host family if you have one. You will know exactly who is meeting you at the airport and what to do if you do not see them.
  • In-country orientation: Before you start work, the local coordinator will help you get your bearings; they will give you an overview of what to expect, show you how to get around, and take care of some administrative items (e.g. SIM card). At this point, you will also receive your internship schedule. This will help ease you into the day-to-day work and life in your host city.
  • Local support network: You will be a special guest, so there will be no shortage of people who will go out of their way to assist you, should you need it — your host family, your colleagues, your students if you have them, their friends. All of them will form part of your support network while you are in Russia.
  • 24-support from a local coordinator: You will always be just a phone call away from your locally-based coordinator. Our coordinators are local professionals. Most are involved at a senior level with the host organizations themselves. All speak excellent English and have years of experience hosting international travelers and dealing with any problems that come up.   
  • We stay informed: We closely monitor the latest developments in Russia, including both external government sources (e.g. U.S. Department of State) and our local partners on the ground.

Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you would like to speak with us regarding these or any other concerns, please contact us and we will set up a call.

Q: Is Russia safe?

Yes. The places you will go require no extraordinary precautions, aside from the usual list of do’s and don’ts when traveling. Notwithstanding the current political discourse, foreigners are welcome and you will be no exception. Recall the thousands of foreign fans that descended on Russia during the recent World Cup.

For our part, we make sure that you are in good hands from the moment you land. For issues large and small, you will have a local city coordinator to advise you and a large local support network to lean on.

Q. How do you ensure safe accommodations?

Our host families are well-known to the local coordinator and live in safe parts of town. Many will have hosted interns before, and all are checked for the absence of a criminal record. We will put you in touch with your host family ahead of your trip, so you can get to know them before you set off.

If you work at a camp, your accommodations are covered by stringent safety and security precautions that camp organizers must legally provide to work with children.

Q: Can I get medical help if I need it?

Russia has a reasonably effective healthcare system, although quality differs, depending on where you are and what you need. Taking care of basic medical needs should not be a problem. A visit to the doctor can be easily arranged if you need it (the camp has a doctor on-site), and local pharmacies are generally well-stocked.

Some of our programs, particularly the camp, take place in an area that is somewhat removed from medical facilities that can offer sophisticated levels of medical help. For this reason, it is important that your health check gives us an unbiased opinion regarding your health and any limitations to activity that you have. It is important that you are open about any health issues you have, so we can plan or advise you accordingly.

For serious complications that may require medical evacuation outside of Russia, we require health insurance with appropriate coverage.

Q: What about everyday health and personal care items?

Items relating to everyday health and personal care, including those related to women’s health, can be easily obtained from any number of pharmacies and grocery stores.

“They really make you feel like you are safe and in good hands.”

Ben K.


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