In the Land of Baikal Taiga - 1

Summer projects
Project Dates
From 1 July to 10 July, 2020
(10 days)
Project Location
Russia, Irkutskaya Oblast', Pribaikalskii National Park, Listvyanka – Bolshie Koty trail
Long-Term Goal of the Project
The development of ecotourism. Maintaining popular tourist trails.
Project Languages
Russian, English
Anticipated Extent of Work
Volunteers will have to renovate existing trails. This entails clearing the corridor, excavating soil, and building structures. The average work day consists of 6 hours with a break for lunch. Depending on weather conditions and the physical state of the group, the day's agenda may change.
Living Conditions and Food
In a group there will be a brigadier – the crew leader who organizes work, as well as an interpreter, who facilitates communication between participants.

Volunteers set up a tent camp on the bank of Baikal in the Emel'ianikha creek valley. Project participants will look after order in the camp and make food at the campfire for the whole group based upon the schedule of duties made by the brigadier. You can familiarize yourself with an example menu.

The GBT will purchase foodstuffs for the whole project, as well as provide necessary group equipment, and tools tents (one tent for every two people). Be aware that on the project site there are no hot showers, but you can warm water at the fire to wash or bathe in Baikal.
Project Assignments and Days-off
On the first day of the project, volunteers will have to get from the town of Listvyanka to the creek valley Emel'ianikha by foot, with their personal equipment (~7 km). On the last day of the project, a 15 kilometer walk on the trail from the creek Emel'ianikha to the village Bol'shie Koty awaits the volunteers. Volunteers will return to Irkutsk from Bolshie Koty by boat.

The place of work will be located between 2-3 km from the camp. Volunteers will have to work with tools (shovels, pickaxes, handsaws, etc.), move logs and rocks, and build structures on the trail. Sometimes it will be necessary to transport personal items, camping equipment, and foodstuffs.

The volume of a backpack should be no less than 70 liters. In connection with the peculiarities of the local climate, it is necessary to take a waterproof, windbreaker jacket, a warm sweater, and trousers. It is also important to pay attention to shoes – they should be comfortable, light, and non-slip.

We strongly recommend future participants of the project to familiarize themselves with the list of necessary equipment, information about tick safety, and also with the general information for GBT volunteers.

Days-off: The first half of the project is planned along the ascent to the viewing platform at Cherskii Rock, from where there is an expansive landscape view of the source of the Angara river. During the second half of the project, provided that the group's physical condition is good, it is possible to take a one-day hike on the trail to the village of Bolshie Koty, ascend to the cliff Skriper (from where an excellent view of Southern Baikal), and go to the banya.
The project start location is the city of Irkutsk. Volunteers will be met on 1 July at 9am in the GBT Hostel.

We recommend to arrive in the city either a day before the start of the project, or in the early morning of the project start day. From Irkutsk, the group will be transferred on a bus to the village Listvyanka. On the day that the project ends, the group will return from the village Bol'shie Koty to Irkutsk by way of water transport.
Participation Fee
The fee for participation in the project is 16000 rubles for 10 days.

It will be paid on the first day of the project. Volunteers can register for this project by sending us copies of their travel tickets. We therefore advise that you read everything carefully in this project description before submitting the application.

The GBT provides:
· Transfer from Irkutsk to Listvyanka,
· Water transfer from Bol'shie Koty to Irkutsk,
· Hostel accommodations in Irkutsk on the last day of the project,
· A crew leader,
· An interpreter,
· A first aid kit for the group (if you have chronic illnesses or if you require specific medications, please, bring them with you),
· Foodstuffs,
· Necessary group equipment, tools, and tents (one tent for every two people).

In the instance of unforeseen circumstances, the GBT retains the right to close a project or carry out changes to the program, having informed all participants in advance.

Note: if you do not receive a response to your initial online application within one week, then please contact our volunteer coordinator directly at: