Helping emigrants

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who left Russia because of the war

Helping emigrants

who left Russia because of the war 

Since the beginning of the war, hundreds of thousands of Russians have left the country. Many of them went into the unknown, having neither work nor savings. We support Russian emigrants who deprecate the military aggression against Ukraine and do not see opportunities for themselves to live in Putin’s Russia.

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How can we help?

Provide housing for the first few weeks in co-living apartments and houses
Provide legal advice on emigration issues
Provide psychological assistance
Introduce to other emigrants

Become a volunteer

The Ark volunteers are a community of caring people around the world who are ready to help those who are forced to leave the country and look for a new home and new opportunities. Our volunteers provide help to emigrants in dozens of countries around the world, both online and offline. 

How can you help The Ark?

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Tell the emigrants about the ways of emigration, legalization, finding jobs and housing in your country. It is our volunteers who often answer the emigrants' questions about life in a particular country — either in private conversations or in The Ark chats for specific countries. 

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Provide accomodation for those who are planning to come in the near future and do not know where to stay. 

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If you are a lawyer, a psychologist or a translator, you can give advice to the emigrants within the framework of your knowledge. We often need other professional volunteers — it all depends on the specific application. 

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Teach foreign languages to the emigrants. Teachers and native-speaking volunteers give group lessons of English, German, Polish, Czech, Spanish and other languages in the framework of The Ark. Emigrants are interested in many other languages! 

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If you are looking for employees for your company, you can provide a workplace to an emigrant — in the country of arrival or in a remote format. 

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Share experience and knowledge. Many volunteers have invaluable experience and knowledge, so thanks to them we have the opportunity to organize the Ark-based useful webinars regularly. 

We do not have any special selection or initiation: you are already a volunteer of The Ark from the moment you fill in the form. When we receive a request that you can help with, we will write to you. We always check if the offer of help is still relevant and only after that we give the volunteer’s contact to the relocant. 
If you haven’t been contacted for a long time, don’t worry. This only means that there haven’t been any requests on the topics that you are ready to work with yet. We really appreciate volunteer help and are looking for an opportunity to apply it as effectively as possible both for the emigrants and for the volunteers themselves. 
If you want to become the Ark volunteer, fill in the form 

A roof over your head 

The Ark co-livings are houses and apartments for co-residence. As a general rule, we give emigrants a roof over their heads for up to two weeks so that they could recover their breath and solve primary household problems, find housing for long-term rent, and meet like-minded people. 

Co-living in Armenia

Because of a large number of people leaving due to mobilization and not wanting to take part in the Kremlin’s criminal war against the people of Ukraine, we temporarily opened co-livings in Kazakhstan.

Co-living in Aktobe and Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Co-living in Turkey

Housing
in Yerevan and Istanbul

temporarily - in Aktobe and Almaty (Kazakhstan)

We give a roof over your head for up to two weeks. Fill in the form and we will contact you as soon as possible

Housing in Turkey, Armenia, Georgia and Serbia

Find a roommate

We have made a telegram bot that helps to find partners for joint long-term rental housing in foreign countries 

Relocation consultations

If you need advice on emigration issues, write us via our telegram bot 

Help from other
projects

We are happy to collaborate with projects that also help emigrants and be useful for each other in the name of our common goal 

USA

Russian Refugees is the U.S.-based international refugee advocacy group that supports a community of Russian-speaking political immigrants and asylum seekers fleeing Russian political repressions and military mobilization. The organization provides information, emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to Russian refugees worldwide and advocate for their humanitarian protection.

Kazakhstan

LOGOvo - Omsk Civil Association
A humanitarian program to help emigrants who do not want to fight against Ukrainians. LOGOvo provides legal assistance, as well as free anti-war coliving in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan

A group of volunteers that helps to find a temporary accommodation or a new home in Kazakhstan 

Montenegro

Helping Ukrainians, Russians and Belarusians in Montenegro including help with accommodation for the first few days from a wonderful foundation Pristanište 

Georgia

A hotline on humanitarian issues and legal aspects of staying in Georgia, information about the relations between Georgia and Russia and the territories of Georgia occupied by Russia and other issues. 

Тelegram: @FRF_line (24 hours)
Phone: +995557679532 (from 10 am to 10 pm)

Rapid Response Unit

Assistance with evacuation to one of the Central Asian countries for activists and journalist who are being persecuted on political grounds under the Rapid Response Unit program in partnership with Transparency International - Russia 

Zimin foundation

Additional assistance to graduate students and scientists from a friendly foundation

Shelter in Antalya

Free accommodation for up to two weeks for Ukrainian refugees and Russian and Belarusian political emigrants 

Quarteera e.V.

Helping LGBTQ+ people to evacuate to queer-friendly countries, social and legal support in Germany
If you also help emigrants, we will be happy to post information about your project. Contact us in t.me/@kovcheghelp

Work and education

Commercial projects can advertise in the Ark Telegram channel, all the money from which goes to finance our work. We still post information about non-commercial projects for free! Read more about our advertising policy here. If you want to place advertising, contact us in Telegram @Kovcheg_Ads
Our Telegram channel with job openings, internships, scholarships, offers of volunteers and other opportunities for emigrants 
Commercial projects can advertise in the Ark Telegram channel, all the money from which goes to finance our work. We still post information about non-commercial projects for free! Read more about our advertising policy here. If you want to place advertising, contact us in Telegram @Kovcheg_Ads

Useful materials and reviews (RU)

Webinars (RU)

The Ark volunteers who have unique knowledge and experience regularly conduct useful webinars On the webinars you can learn how to move to another country, which education opportunities there are for the Russians abroad as well as get psychological support and deal with stress.

Psychological help

Psychological help

Many emigrants face psychological difficulties: their relatives don’t accept their anti-war position, shame and guilt, unclear future. 

How we can help

Ark psychologists channel with supporting practices, useful articles and direct communication with specialists

Group sessions

About 15 people in a group, fast psychological tension decrease, acute stress relief 

One-to-one advisory sessions 

Help to find resources and acknowledge emotional stress , understand the reasons of difficulties and cope with them. 
Fill in the form and we will select one of the types of help for you 

Emergency psychological assistance 

Contact us in Telegram if you need emergency psychological assistance 

Russians against
the war

On this page you can find the list of humanitarian, counter-propaganda and anti-war projects initiated by Russians. Please chose the one you are interested in and join it directly via our page.

If you can’t find your project, please, fill the form. We will also add it to the list.

The Ark life 

The Ark brings people together online as well as under the roof of its co-living facilities in Yerevan and Istanbul. There are regular events for like-minded people: together we collect humanitarian aid, take part in activities, learn languages, and even celebrate birthdays. 

The Ark in Armenia 

The Ark in Turkey 

Resource Center

The Ark centers are venues for educational activities, lectures and courses, discussions, co-working, they serve as meeting places for emigrants and anti-war initiatives. 

Center in Yerevan 

Address:Pavstos Buzand St. 1/3, left door.

Entrance from st. Buzand, in the center of the building there are wide steps, the entrance is immediately to the left, the blue sign “Ark”, a door with a lattice.

Working hours of the co-working room: Monday-Friday from 15:00 to 20:00.

If you are looking for space for events, meetings or a place to record videos, contact our coordinator Darina t.me/mayats_kaya

We are also planning to open Centers in other countries, but we haven’t raised the necessary funds to do it yet. Please support the development of the project. 
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