Helen was born
and grew up in Togliatti.
Since 2001 she has been A VolgaGirl Russian Operations & Office Manager, as well as a certified translator and teacher, and holds A grade in First Certificate in English, a Cambridge Exam.
In 2001 she graduated from Togliatti University, the foreign languages faculty, as a teacher of English and French, and offers close to 15 years of experience in teaching:
- from one-to-one lessons through A VolgaGirl, to group lessons (she taught English at local universities for three years, and at a local language school for two years)
- from adult lessons to children’s and teenagers’ lessons
- from general English classes to business English classes
She was also an integral part in the production of A VolgaGirl documentary for National Geographic ‘Mail-Order Brides’, where she did translations and research, coordinated interviews and travel arrangements.
‘I have been doing this type of job for over 10 years now, and have yet to get bored with it. Because it never gets boring. Nor does it grow old. Seeing successful couples makes this job a very rewarding one, truly. What is precious is people's willingness to embrace culture differences and their patience and courage’
A believer in 'We are all a little weird and life’s little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love.’