Heart of the Taiga
Description: The camp is organized by the Republican center of the youth initiative support, based on Ministry of Education and Youth Policy of the Republic of Komi. The Republic of Komi is a federal subject of Russia. It is situated to the west of the Ural Mountains and very famous for its rich forests. Virgin Komi Forests is the first natural UNESCO World Heritage site in Russia and the largest expanse of virgin forests in Europe. The main aim of the workcamp is conservation and safeguard of the natural heritage. It’s a great chance to see breathtaking landscapes, geological monumets, hike and explore Russia’s largest natural park. Volunteers will follow a route of 128 km by the picturesque river in kanoe on the territory of the national park “Yugyd Va”.
Type of Work: Volunteers will be:
- Rafting along the river;
- Exploring the Taiga forest;
- Marking touristic path with special signs;
- Easy physical work like cleaning bushes and path from natural garbage (old trees and branches);
- Cut grass;
- Clean riverside;
- Vounteers are expected to conduct ecological awareness-related lessons in a local volunteer center and will make a short video about importance of forest preservation and UNESCO heritage, which will be spread in local mass-media.
Study Theme: The surrounding offers numerous possibilities for hiking and discovering cultural and national heritage of the area, regional flora and fauna, and geological monuments.
Accommodation: As volunteers will follow a route along the river, they are going to stay in tents and wooden shelters (shelters have saunas with a possibility to wash and to wash clothes) Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be cooked in the specially organized field kitchen.
Requirements: Hiking rug, sleeping bag, hiking warm clothes, waterproof shoes, raincoat, personal hygiene means + medical insurance is necessary. (Special healthcare products – if needed)
Approximate Location: Komi region
Notes: As the workcamp takes place in the forest, there is no internet or mobile connection. Volunteers will be supported by the staff of the National Park with a sat phone in case of emergency. Please be ready for field conditions.
Use this once in a life time opportunity! This region is famous for its amazingly beautiful nature.
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