Behinds tons and tons of pictures of the prettiest buildings you'll ever see, here are what our ILP volunteers take home after a semester abroad in Russia!
When you find yourself in Russia for a semester volunteering abroad with International Language Programs (ILP), a gap year or just on a quick trip, you are going to want to take home souvenirs to remember your trip!
Pst: We have a guide all about volunteering in Russia that you might be interested in.
Depending on where you go in this country (our Moscow volunteers have lots of places to shop around) there may be little walking streets with booths set up (see the picture below) or there will be actual stores you can go into. Most cities will have touristy areas full of souvenirs, so ask around to find one in the city you are in.
We have a list of our favorite places to get these souvenirs, but keep reading for a list of what you should end up packing in your bag:
If you've researched Russia at all you're probably already home to snag one of these famous souvenirs! You'll see these a lot in Russia and if you're traveling in Europe — and they come in every variety you can imagine; US Presidents, Santa Clause or old 90's TV shows you've forgotten about. You'll definitely want to bring home AT LEAST one set of these.
We're obsessed. You can find TONS of beautiful patterns and fabrics made into scarves and shawls. The cool thing about these scarves is how often they are actually used. You will see locals everywhere rocking these (they come in handing when you're dressing for cold weather).
Like the stackable dolls you'll see, there's a lot of these around so wait until you find the perfect one for your style.
You will see these quite often and really famous for Eastern Europe culture, especially Ukraine. They are beautiful and so intricately designed. This is a really easy gift to bring home for family and friends because they are small and you can find them for about $1! You'll have the cutest Easter decorations around, that's for sure.
Lacquer boxes are a craft from the 20th century and are stunning. They are not made of wood like you would think, but instead they are made out of paper mache. They have beautiful mini painting on them ranging from Russian landscapes to Russian fairytales. What a gorgeous way to remember this country.
A classic you can't miss out on. Russian Ushanka hats are the big furry hats you've seen in movies. They are huge, furry and oh so warm to help you get through that Russian winter. You're going to want to take a lot of selfies wearing these.
You might also want to bring home some warm Russian clothes to keep you toasty during your semester and every winter after you get home. Some ILP volunteers have had good luck shopping with their host families — they'll know the best kind of boosts and coats that'll keep you warm.
We love Russia — and can't decide if we love the sites, the delicious food, the amazing chocolate or the history more .. not to mention the cute kids there! International Language Programs actually got it's start in this country, so we have a special place in our hearts for this ILP program.
Come volunteer in Russia with ILP! You'll be able to see way more of the country when you live in Eastern Europe, plus you'll have vacation days for some dreamy vacations in Europe. Click the link below to learn more about what a typical day here is as you volunteer abroad and teach English in Russia with ILP!