The International Internship of the Russian Geographical Society took place in the Republic of Altai from August 14 to 20. Its participants were boys and girls from Indonesia, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Foreign youth got acquainted with natural and cultural sights, learned a lot about geography, ecology, rich tourism potential of one of the most beautiful regions of Russia.
The grand opening of the International Internship of the Russian Geographical Society was held at Gorno-Altaisk State University. The event was attended by heads of regional ministries and organizations. Together with the project participants, they discussed the features of the development of ecological tourism, possible comprehensive solutions to pressing environmental problems, and other important topics.
The International Internship of the Russian Geographical Society is a project aimed at developing cooperation between Russian and foreign youth in the field of geography, ecology, and tourism. It is held with the grant support of the Russian Geographical Society. The organizer is the Youth Club of the Altai Republic Branch of the Russian Geographical Society.
As part of the project, the interns communicated with scientists and teachers, public figures and artists of the Altai Republic. The guests explored the city of Gorno-Altaisk, made a historical and cultural journey visiting museums of the region. They also got acquainted with local industries, agro-industrial Amza Park, and beekeeping – one of the priority areas of agriculture. The project participants tested in practice the most promising areas of tourism in the region. They visited the Gorno-Altaisk Botanical Garden, the Chemalsky District, rafted along the Katun River, explored the surroundings of the village of Artybash (an ecological trail on the Tevenek River), the sights of the Altaiskiy Reserve (Teletskoye Lake, the village of Yailyu, and Korbu Waterfall).
“Places like the Gorno-Altaisk Botanical Garden inspire nature conservation. It is calm and beautiful there. Expositions are well thought out, and there is even information about the traditions of the local indigenous population through which the environment is preserved,” Rosmariani Manalu from Indonesia shared her impressions.
During the internship, young people presented their own initiatives, important activity guidelines, and the results of the project implementation in the field of geography and related sciences. More information about the project can be found on the website of the Youth Club of the Russian Geographical Society.