Mission of the program

To familiarize the SWY alumni with the Russian culture and contribute to sustainable society.

Goals of the program

  • familiarize participants with Russian way of life, historic and cultural traditions and values;
  • promote understanding, netwroking and cooperation of the youth from SWY participating countries;
  • develop leadership skills of the program participants;
  • implement volunteer projects in the cities of visit.


All participants will be a part of an educational and cultural program «Explore your own Russia!», in order to learn more about the Russian culture and the language, to learn to make Russian souvenirs and to create youth projects between participants.

All participants will be split into 4 teams and assigned a topic. The teams will work on their topics during the trip running a blog with photos, videos, texts and in any other possible ways to express their ideas. The outcome of the whole trip will be 4 fully completed projects presented in Vladivostok.


July 30th – August 18th 2017

Moscow – Kazan

Kazan – Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg – Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk – Irkutsk

Irkutsk – Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude — Vladivostok

Participants arrive in Moscow on their own prior to the program start date. The participants are responsible for their departure from Vladivostok to respective countries.

Schedule of program

Date Program
30.07.2017 Meeting in Moscow, sightseeing tour
31.07.2017 Activities in Moscow according to the project
01.08.2017 Train Moscow-Kazan
02.08.2017 Activities in Kazan according to the project
03.08.2017 Train Kazan-Yekaterinburg
04.08.2017 Check-in in Yekaterinburg, sightseeing tour
05.08.2017 Activities in Yekaterinburg according to the project
05.08.2017 Train Yekaterinburg-Novosibirsk
07.08.2017 Activities in Novosibirsk according to the project
07.08.2017 Train Novosibirsk-Irkutsk
09.08.2017 Lake Baikal trip
11.08.2017 Train Irkutsk-Ulan-Ude
12.08.2017 Activities in Ulan-Ude
13.08.2017 Train Ulan-Ude — Vladivostok
16.08.2017 Check-in in Vladivostok, sightseeing tour
17.08.2017 Activities in Vladivostok according to the project, final presentation, farewell party
18.08.2017 Departures of the participants

***Program is subject to some changes before May, 1, 2017

Participation requirements

  • 18-35 years of age;
  • SWY alumni or a friend recommended by the SWY alumni;
  • Motivation letter (500 words max);
  • Completed application form
  • Paid participation fee.

Selection procedure will be based on meeting the requirements and the participating countries balance.

Project topics RUSWY Train

20 intensive days to realize the project and present the outcomes of the work! Photo, video, storytelling, music, poems, architecture, environment, Russian soul. You can write us and suggest your own topic – just be creative and express your vision of Russia. You can choose between 4 topics and you will work in the team of 8 people.

Express yourself! Discover Russia!