Trail-building and ecological education

Project name:

Great Baikal Trail

Project purpose:

GBT Association is an Association of specialists and enthusiasts of trailbuilding and their like-minded people.
Our mission: The development of ecotourism and the improvement of the ecological culture of society for the harmonious interaction of man and nature.

Baikal is a unique value of the world. We teach and prove that the creation of trails helps the nature of our great lake.
Baikal is almost 20% of the fresh surface water of the planet, for many people around the world it is a dream to see it.
We help ensure that people stay on Lake Baikal as harmoniously as possible.

The unification of all those who work to preserve the natural heritage of Lake Baikal, who help to preserve and increase it, is the main goal of the GBT. Particular attention is given to children, youth, because the future lies with them.

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • habitat restoration/management

  • building ecotrails

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

180

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • remote scenic location

  • working with tools skills

  • visiting lake Baikal

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

Accommodation:

Tents in summer, cabins in winter

When does the project run?

Summer: July-September (trailbuilding)
Winter: February-March (ecoeducation)

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, refillable drinking water, bucket shower, cold shower, hot shower, drop toilet

How long can I stay?

Projects may last 7, 10 or 14 days.

Requirements:

  • Age 18-60. Under 18 years old volunteers are accepted only accompanied by adults.

  • The volunteer should be physically ready for daily movement along the trail, working with tools (shovels, pickaxes, etc.).

  • Basic English.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Baikal is a world heritage site, and we all have to play a role in taking care of and protecting it.


Ecotourism is especially important for our region. After all, the cleanest fresh water lake on the planet is located here. A properly constructed trails are considered ecotourism infrastructure with great environmental significance. These trails:
– direct visitors along the arranged routes;
– contribute to the conservation of ecosystems;
– reduce the risk of fire hazards (by preventing the advance of the fire and facilitating the unhindered access of fire brigades to sources of fire);
– promote the localization of garbage within the equipped parking lots and create opportunities for its transportation to areas for disposal.


Ecological trails do not harm the environment. Rather, they promote sustainable economic development of the territory, create additional jobs for local residents, and improve the ecological culture of local residents.
The Great Baikal Trail project involves complex logistics and requires comprehensive training measures to be taken throughout the year.
Our volunteer projects usually last 3 days, 10 days or 2 weeks. Volunteers live at a tent site, work on building ecological trails, and independently prepare food around the bonfire.
The official languages of the projects are Russian and English.
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 our standards. Each project description includes specific chores listed in detail. During free days of projects, volunteers might enjoy hikes, or trips to local sites and museums. These outings, and the trail 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. 

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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