In 1995, I participated in the ICONS (International Communication and Negotiation Simulations) project as a team-member and then became leader of the “Government of Russia” team. Project ICONS offers, at both the university and high school levels, educational simulations of international relations for students. (http://tigurl.org/0nmntb)
In the summer of 1996, I participated in the program “International Culture and Youth Exchange” of AFSAI (http://tigurl.org/r0kugb). Later I helped to organize and then participated in the trainings of the Council of Europe in the “Youth for Europe” program. This project was hosted by SYI and co-sponsored by AFSAI and the National Youth Council of Russia in the summer of 1997.
In 1998, I was accepted with a full academic scholarship to Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where I completed a BA degree in International Studies in 2003. During my studies in New York City, I occupied my non-academic hours with a number of different activities: I completed an internship with Metro International; I worked as the editor and outreach manager for Idealist.org; I served as Book Fair Director for the Association for the Study of Nationalities annual conventions; I co-organized literary project “GOROD” and participated in several international conferences.
In 2000, I was awarded a full scholarship to participate in Savaria International Summer University’s “New Europe in a New Millennium” program in Koszeg, Hungary. In the summer of 2001, I attended the “Liberty & Current Issues” summer seminar organized by the Institute for Humane Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
I spent the fall semester of 2001 in Moscow, Russia, working at the Institute for the Problems of Civil Society helping prepare the Civil Forum, which became the largest event in the history of “the third sector” of Russia. Our organization was among one of seven network organizations who helped bring together more than 4,000 representatives of NGO’s from 89 different regions of Russia to discuss the future of the Civil Society in Russia.
I worked as the National Project Coordinator of TakingITGlobal-Russia until November of 2004.
Till recently I used to work as in-house translator at Sitronics IT, and now I am working as a freelance translator doing various freelance assignments (translating/interpreting/editing/proofreading etc). I am enjoying every opportunity to volunteer for Maria’s Children Art Studio: http://tigurl.org/anff5a (Russian), http://tigurl.org/anff5a
Also, I am CouchSurfing City Ambassador of Moscow. Yo are welcome to check my profile at CS: http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/justboris/
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