With the blessing of Their Eminences, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, and Metropolitan Daniel of Arkhangelsk & Kholmogory, Volunteers in Mission (VIM) is organizing a trip for the month of June 2015. The team will be traveling to Arkhangelsk and to the Monastery of St. Artemy of Verkola to do work assisting the monks there. The trip will be sponsored in part by Aida Airepetov’s charitable "Fund for the Russian Soul."
Tuesday, June 9 – Depart from JFK for an overnight flight to Moscow.
Wednesday, June 10 – Arrive in Moscow in the morning. Board transfer flight to Arkhangelsk.
Thursday, June 11 – After a day of activity, board an overnight train to the monastery.
Friday, June 12 – Arrive at the monastery in the morning.
Saturday, June 13 – A day of activity at the monastery.
Sunday, June 14 – A trip to Sura for a commemoration of St. John of Kronstadt. His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill will be present.
Monday, June 15 – A day at the monastery.
Tuesday, June 16 – Board an overnight train to Arkhangelsk.
Wednesday, June 17 – A day in Arkhangelsk.
Thursday, June 18 – Board flight from Arkhangelsk to Moscow. Then board flight to JFK
Friday, June 19 – Arrive at JFK.
The cost per person is $850. This cost includes accommodations and all ground transportation while in Russia, admission prices to any site that the team visits, and meals at the monastery. Not included in the price are airfare for Aeroflot to Moscow, Arkhangelsk, and the return flights, cost of visas, insurance, and incidentals.
Those interested should fill out a VIM form on the EAD website here and mail it to VIM coordinator Archpriest John Moses.
Interested parties should fill out a form as soon as possible. Sending in a form does not commit you to going on the trip. All ages are welcome, but we hope to get a good number of young adults. The youngest age allowed is 18, unless accompanied by a parent. Space is limited, so forms should be sent in as soon as possible. Please put your legal name (not your Orthodox name, if different) as it appears on your passport. Those who do not have a passport should apply for one immediately, because it takes time and the Russian Embassy will not accept a passport that has been recently obtained.