As an active member and volunteer of a Russian environmental NGO Great Baikal Trail, I have been involved into various activities throughout last three years.
Located in the Siberian Federal District, Baikal Lake is the deepest freshwater lake in the world. With over 1550 animal species and 1085 different plants it represents a unique lab and hub for eco-travellers.
GBT in its turn promotes both ecological and volunteer tourism in this region. Through trail-building and educational projects it enables travellers not only to see the beauty of the lake but also to interact with the local landscape and people (both local residents and employees of Nature State Reserves). It also runs programmes on nature conservation and interpretation. The ultimate goal is to provide a circular system of trails around the entire lake.
Two-week trail-building projects are mainly organised in summer as they imply tent camps and sleeping bag armies.
As an official translator at one of such projects I ensured the communication between 15 international participants. Although participants were from various countries such as Russia, England, Germany, France, and Switzerland, our working language was English. Along with attempts to bring our Babel village to mutual understanding, I also took care of cultural and entertainment programmes. Together with our Camp Leader we held team-building games and reflection sessions.
As I live abroad, I try to spread the word about GBT in Germany, too. If you seek for a vacation with purpose, seek no further. Watch the video and get your backpack! For more information in the German language, you can check here.
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