Various summer translation and language courses
11-15 July: Translate in the City: Literary Translation in Practice. London
24-30 July: International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School. Norwich. Incl Russian to English workshop. Closing date 15 May
1-5 August: UK Russian Summer School, Girton College, Cambridge. (This is the course that used to be run by Lancashire College)
Some amazing volunteering opportunities in Russia summer
See the Xchange Scotland website. And don't forget to look into volunteering with Ecologia too - a Scottish organisation with years of experience in volunteering and excellent projects in Russia (and an SRF member).
Internship opportunity in Astana
A former volunteer with SRF writes to tell us of an opportunity with his employer http://ltc.kz/:
"I am currently working in Kazakhstan for a small and growing language centre. We are looking to find an intern who would give presentations in government schools to recruit new students. This would be for at least a few months, 9-5, Mon-Fri kind of deal. We are located in Astana, and looking for a start around the beginning of September (maybe a few days early to get some training).
The salary would be from roughly 800-1000 USD per month, with accommodation, and all visa support provided. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and energetic for this role. This is obviously a great opportunity to practise Russian and gain some invaluable experience in promotion and sales. If you know anybody then please let them know and put us in touch!"
Contact Michael Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
"Community" languages GCSE/A levels reprieved in rUK
Qualifications in 12 languages, of which only Urdu is currently taught in Scotland, will continue to be available in England, Wales and N Ireland. The list includes important lesser taught languages such as Arabic and Japanese, as well as major community languages like Polish and Panjabi. Russian GCSE/A Level is also available and was not threatened in rUK. What can we do about this in Scotland?? Details: www.gov.uk
Russian Eurovision song written by a Scot
John Ballard, a Scottish songwriter who has been living and working in Sweden for most of his career, was part of the team for the Russian Eurovision entry this year. www.heraldscotland.com