Four specially protected natural areas of the Altai Republic are waiting for volunteers who want to contribute to the development and improvement of national parks and reserves, observe wild animals in their natural habitat, create vibrant media materials and conduct educational conversations. The Russian Geographical Society invites young people aged 18 to 35 — artists, designers, journalists, photographers, videographers, volunteers with work experience — to take part in Zapovedny Altai Ecovolunteer School.
The Altai Republic is famous for its pristine nature. To preserve and protect natural landscapes, flora and fauna, specially protected natural areas have been created here, occupying a quarter of the region's area. In 1998, the Altai and Katun Biosphere Reserves, as well as Lake Teletskoye, Mount Belukha and the Ukok Plateau were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List under the general name "Golden Mountains of Altai".
Participants of Ecovolunteer School in Altai will get acquainted with the historical and cultural heritage of the region, take part in educational lectures and perform a number of volunteer work in specially protected natural areas.
Volunteers are expected from June 1 to June 19, 2022 in Sailyugemsky National Park; from June 25 to July 3, 2022 in the Altai State Nature Biosphere Reserve; from July 16 to July 24, 2022 in Ukok Quiet Zone Nature Park; from August 1 to 9, 2022 in the Katun State Nature Biosphere Reserve. Volunteers will get acquainted with local sights, history and culture, as well as contribute to the protection of the nature of the Altai Republic.
Zapovedny Altai Ecovolunteer School is a project designed to stimulate the active participation of young people in environmental activities, the development of the environmental volunteers movement, the formation of a responsible attitude towards the environment, natural wealth and historical and cultural heritage of our country. One of its tasks is the improvement of specially protected natural areas.
The organizers of Zapovedny Altai Ecovolunteer School are the Executive Directorate and the Youth Club of the Russian Geographical Society in the Altai Republic. The project is being implemented with grant funds from Rosmolodezh. All volunteers will be provided with food, accommodation and transfer to the event venue from the city of Gorno-Altaisk. Travel from the place of residence to Gorno-Altaisk and back is paid by the participants themselves.
Application for participation in Zapovedny Altai Ecovolunteer School can be submitted until April 25, 2022 inclusive. To participate in the program, you must complete a creative task. More detailed information can be found on the website of the Youth Club of the Russian Geographical Society.