Take up an adventure now and travel to the Great Baikal Lake found in Russia and become a volunteer who works along an amazing team and worthwhile cause at our Baikal Ecotourism Development Program!
It is important to remember that the project’s main goal is to develop ecotourism and the cultivation of a socially responsible society through the aid garnered from local and International volunteers & Educational Projects. It was designed with a focus on building the very first system of environmentally sensitive trails in all of Russia. They also strive towards raising awareness and/or ecological education through various workshops and programs. Be blown away by this unique opportunity and gain the satisfaction that comes from working in a great environment with an amazing team! Join us now on this adventure of a lifetime!
- Unique opportunity of working alongside local and international volunteers!
- Help with the daily activities.
- Expand your knowledge on Ecotourism.
- Amazing opportunity to explore Lake Baikal and all it has to offer!
What to Expect
Each GBT trail-building project is two weeks long. At the project camp, volunteers sleep in tents and prepare meals together over a central campfire. During the workday, volunteers might clear the way for a new trail, improve an existing trail, or build a campground or other structure, making sure that each trail is clean and up to standards. Each project description (below) includes specific tasks listed in detail.
During the interim weekend and on other free days of a project, volunteers might enjoy hikes, or trips to local sites and museums. These outings, and the projects themselves, are led by our crew leaders. Our leaders are trained in the design and construction of trails and the creation of backcountry campsites. Each group also will have a translator, a GBT staff person who not only ensures that the Russian and international volunteers can enjoy each other’s conversations, but is also responsible for the project’s cultural and entertainment programs. The two official languages on our projects are English and Russian.
Housing & Meals
All hot food is prepared over a campfire! All food and water needed for your project is supplied for you.
Typical foods are: Grains and cereals, canned or preserved items, pasta, ready-made soups from packages, vegetables, fruits
Drinks: Tea (both herbal and black), instant coffee, hot chocolate, fruit juices and compote
Snacks: Candies and chocolate, jams and jellies, halva, crackers and cookies, croutons
Bread: Whole grain, dark, white, Russian rye, and large baguettes
Since Volunteers will be involved in projects along Lake Baikal in the Taiga forest, they will be spending their 2 weeks camping. The Project will provide camping and cooking gears.
Becoming a volunteer at this project not only has benefits for the program but for you as an individual as well. Volunteering is an opportunity to share your time, talents, and abilities as an invaluable member of the team. It’s your opportunity to invest in our collective future, and share in our efforts to protect our environment through the construction of a system of Eco-trails around the deepest and oldest lake in the world!
Russia is the largest country in the world, accounting for around an eighth of the worlds inhabitable land. Russia has had a bad reputation for a while, but when you go you will notice that feels more European than you might think and has a very similar value system.