In March 2013, just shortly after the end of my exchange semester, I took part in a volunteer camp organised by Good Deeds' Case (Чемодан добрых дел). We visited youth centres, cleaned the flats of elderly people, drew our own matryoshkas, went to a dancing festival, and made tours in the Russian Museum and the Hermitage.
Good Deeds' Case was an NGO that offered a wide range of classes, courses and social activities for foreigners and locals. I spent a lot of time in their office and still two of them, Olga and Dasha, are two of my best friends.
Below, you can find a video from the local TV broadcast about the volunteer camp. The young French woman speaking in that video is Justine who was also a very close fellow student of mine.