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Ilya  Popov

Ilya Popov

Founder, GoodSurfing Global Project
Quotes
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
How Can Volunteers Help Develop the Far East?
Experienced foreign volunteers can bring their expertise to Russia. <...> special kind of volunteers who after [visiting] Russia become the ambassadors of our ideas, the truth about Russia. They will be followed by tourists, as practice often shows
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
How Can Volunteers Help Develop the Far East?
It is not enough just to create [projects], we need to tell about them. We lack regional branding. In the central part of Russia, cities and villages have already begun to brand themselves. It is not as popular in the Far East. Media-volunteers can help spread the information
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
How Can Volunteers Help Develop the Far East?
You cannot invite a volunteer and give them a volunteer visa. No such visa exists in Russia. We have an all-humanitarian visa, but it does not say a word about volunteerism as the purpose of travel. All organizations that engage in attracting foreign volunteers say that we have signed an agreement with the European Union on voluntary exchange. The European Union follows the agreement, but Russia does not. A Russian volunteer can enter the EU free of charge, without paying a consular fee. But it's impossible to invite a German person to Russia without them paying
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
How Can Volunteers Help Develop the Far East?
Since 2014, the number of incoming foreign volunteers has fallen 3–4 times. This has to do with the information policy. It is not enough to speak within Russian borders, it is necessary to spread the information abroad. Why doesn’t Russia Today run a segment about volunteering in Russia?