Roland Mortimer, BA Economics and Business with East European Studies at University College London
''Volunteering at Pushkin House has been a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Russian culture, whilst taking part in some amazing events. The staff there are fun, friendly and make you feel like a valuable member of the team. I thoroughly recommend any Russophile to sign up and get involved!''
Rose Kudabayeva, BBC World Service
''I visited Pushkin House for the first time many years ago when it was in its previous location - smaller and not as grand as now. I've met interesting people there who have become my friends. Its wonderful spirit of a genuine interest in Russian culture, arts and history creates a place where people learn a lot and enjoy new discoveries. After many years as a BBC World Service Producer I have a chance to give something back to this excellent Institution working as a bilingual volunteer.''
Luysine Vartanyan, MA Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University
''I volunteered with the wonderful Pushkin House team for about 2 months and was positively surprised from the very first minutes of my experience, as I felt extremely welcomed and immediately treated as a member of the team. I especially enjoyed working closely with Pushkin House in organising the 101st km Pavilion built to mark the centenary of the Russian revolution. In providing visitors with relevant highlights of the exhibition, I met various people interested in Russian culture and enhanced my own knowledge of Russian poetry. I am very grateful for this unique experience and being a part of such a special event. I highly recommend volunteering at Pushkin House to all who would like to know more about Russian culture, are interested in networking and finding new friends."
Jasmit Soni, MA Languages and Cultures of South Asia at SOAS, University of London
''I believe that engaging with a country’s culture through literature, philosophy, language, cuisine, cinema or theatre gives one a deeper and nuanced understanding of its history and politics. As an individual with an academic background in politics and international relations as well as cultural studies, I have come to appreciate - both as a volunteer and spectator - Pushkin House’s efforts at showcasing Russia’s rich and intriguing culture by expanding their range of events and exhibitions over the years and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for volunteers and visitors alike. Working with staff members and volunteers from all walks of life, I have learnt a lot about teamwork and hospitality by which we have been able to hold many successful events. Volunteering at the Pushkin House has been a great learning experience!''
Eleanor Moore, BA Modern Languages (Russian & French) at University College London
''Volunteering at Pushkin House has really enriched my degree and brought Russian culture to life in London. Being part of different events and exhibitions has not only helped my Russian but enabled me to learn more about Russian film, poetry, art and music. As much as I love studying literature in the library, it is thoroughly rewarding to engage with people who have a mutual passion for Russian culture and share the experience.''
Nadezhda Ponomarenko, MA Cultural Diplomacy, Policy and Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London
''Работа волонтером в Pushkin House позволила мне не только расширить кругозор и узнать много нового и интересного о России, но также дала возможность встретить замечательных людей, которые полностью разделяют мою любовь и интерес к русской культуре.''
Our dedicated team of volunteers help make our cultural programme a success. As a politically independent charity, Pushkin House is indebted to an amazing team of volunteers, who assist at our events. Thank you all for giving us your time and energy!
If you would like to volunteer with Pushkin House and gain invaluable experience in the professional events environment, please send a copy of your CV to email@example.com