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Community Resources


The Austin Russian Language Meetup Group
Meet local Russian language and culture lovers! Have fun practicing, learning new phrases and sentences and finally understanding those verb conjugations! All ages and levels welcome.

Local Translators, Interpreters, Tutors (PDF)
The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies has compiled this list of local translators and tutors from among current and past students, as well as affiliated members of the community. Any fees are to be arranged between the parties involved.

Russian School Austin
Russian School Austin is an educational program that allows children from Russian-speaking families to complete the Russian Language and other courses according to the secondary school program of the Russian Federation.

Cultural Organizations

Russian Speakers’ Society of Austin
The Society was created for Austinites and visitors to Austin who come from the former Soviet Union as well as for anybody who has interest in this area of the world. They have numerous cultural events.

Austin Polish Society
Austin Polish Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2005. 
Their goals are to establish a society open to the general public:

 1. To encourage, and further knowledge of Polish culture, traditions, history,
 language, arts, current affairs, and local events through cultural activities, classes, seminars, and any and all appropriate means.

 2. To foster friendly relations between the American and Polish people.

Czech Heritage Society of Texas, Travis – Williamson Counties Chapter
The Travis-Williamson Counties Czech Heritage Society is a non-profit and non-denominational organization whose purpose is to preserve the history, heritage, culture, and language of the Czech people of Texas.

Texas Wendish Heritage Society
(This site might not work through Safari, but does work through Microsoft Explorer) The Texas Wendish Heritage Society, Inc., is a non-profit organization formed to study and preserve the story of the Wends who came to Texas.

Soviet Poster Blog
A Soviet poster a day...

Volunteer Opportunities

The Association for Nurturing the Development of Orphaned Russian Children ANDORC, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation founded in 2004 and based in Austin, Texas. ANDORC is first and foremost a humanitarian organization that supports and educates Americans to travel to Russia to provide direct care and assistance in orphanages. ANDORC is also an organization that promotes volunteerism in Russian orphanages through cultural exchanges between Americans and Russians, thereby helping to strengthen civil society, which is an essential element to building democracy.

The Austin chapter of Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoptions (FRUA). FRUA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit support network for adoptive families with children from the former Soviet Republics and neighboring countries. We have children from Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Tadzhikistan, as well as Russia and the Ukraine.

Caritas of Austin
Caritas of Austin will assist more than 20,000 men, women and children this year. They often need volunteer interpreters in a variety of languages.

HeartGift Foundation
1010 West 40th Street, Austin, TX 78756 (512) 637-5114
HeartGift is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, doctors, hospitals and volunteer families. It was formed for the sole purpose of providing desperately needed heart surgery to underprivileged children around the world. Often needs volunteers who speak a variety of languages.

Dining Out

The Russian House NaZdorovye
307 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 428-5442
Authentic Russian cuisine and vodka. Russian House offers movie nights, live music, cooking workshops, and Russian language classes weekly. 

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