Solovki Botanical Garden
Description: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers project. It is organized in cooperation with Solovki State Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve, which is well-known due to Solovetsky Monastery. Since 15th century Solovetsky Archipelago with its monastery was a religious citadel in the Russian North before being closed by Soviet government in 1920 and turned into a special Soviet prison and labour camp (1926–1939), the Gulag, - for some people the site still reminds of this horrible period in USSR history, a symbol of Stalin’s repressions.
Type of Work: During the project volunteers will work at the Botanical Garden founded by the monks in 1822, namely plant, weed, and fertilize trees, herbs and flowers of cultural and historical significance. They will also plant seeds (seedlings) that they are to bring from home to contribute to the variety of the plants on the Islands (more on that will be provided in the information list). Moreover, international volunteers will participate in workshops and presentations of the World Heritage Volunteers campaign and discuss with locals, tourists and Russian volunteers the importance of heritage preservation.
Study Theme: The project aims at assisting in preservation of the World Heritage site by doing physical work and organizing educational activities. Volunteers themselves will learn about the history and uniqueness of the Solovetsky Islands Ensemble and help enrich biodiversity of the Islands’ ecosystem. They will raise awareness on heritage issues as well as promote World Heritage Volunteers initiative among locals and visitors.
Accommodation: Volunteers will live in tents on the territory of the Botanical Garden at the campsite, 2- 3-4 people in each tent. Please, bring your sleeping bag! Volunteers will cook by themselves as a group: every day we will have a cooking team, which will cook on the fire. Products will be provided. We will have basic living conditions.
Language: English, Russian is welcome
Requirements: Volunteers should be ready to live in an isolated place with very basic living conditions. Please, bring your sleeping bag!
Approximate Location: The Solovetsky archipelago comprises of six islands in the western part of the White Sea less then 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Since 15th century Solovetsky Archipelago with its monastery was a religious citadel of the Russian North, there are several churches dating back to 16th-19th century.
Notes: Volunteers are going to live on the campsite of the Botanical Garden. There you’ll need some regular clothes for work and rest. But as soon as we decide to have an excursion and visit some monastery or church you will have to follow the rules of the place. Girls should wear long skirts, which should cover their knees. Their heads should be also covered by headscarf or something like this, also your arms should be covered with long sleeves. Boys shouldn’t wear T-shirts and shorts in the monastery, their legs and arms should be covered. They don’t have to cover their head while visiting church.
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