International Volunteer Exchange 2019: connecting change-makers, activists and artists for good
Sustainable tourism, preservation of natural heritage and local ecosystems, cooperation with local NGOs and activists' networks in Belarus, Moldova and Russia.
22 July - 4 August, lake Baikal, Russia (сlick here for further info)
2 working groups
  • building a hiking trail on the shore of Baikal in cooperation with Great Baikal Trail
  • artist recidency and a grassroots festival in Bolshoe Goloustnoe. More information about the residency can be found here. And here is the festival's website - sadly, available only in Russian.
23 August - 1 September, Bialowieza National Park, Belarus (сlick here for further info)
2 working groups
  • building an eco-trail in the Bialowieza National Park
  • artist residency and a grassroots festival in a local settlement on the territory of the national park.

    More details on the website of the program.
11-19 October, Rîșcova, Moldova (сlick here for further info)
1 working group
  • planning, building and marking a hiking trail from Rîșcova to the neighboring rural settlement in cooperation with Ecovisio, creating signs for the villagers' houses, helping with the everyday tasks at the village and preparing potato festival.
International Volunteer Exchange is devoted to:
  • promoting the values of responsible and sustainable tourism and volunteer engagement
  • connecting change-makers and activists
  • raising awareness of global challenges through interdisciplinary and arts-based civic education projects
  • preserving natural heritage and local ecosystems in cooperation with local organizations and protected areas.
After the great kick-off last year, the 2019 project includes a seminar specifically designed for the employees of nature parks and reserves in Carpathians, Ukraine, and three programs open for participation of all motivated persons from the five project countries.

Apart from the expertise described above, in each project we are happy to have journalists, bloggers, photographers and video-makers.

The project finances accommodation, food and mobility during the program. The costs of transportation to and from the project are subsidized, - to encourage you to choose more responsible options, we will reimburse 50% of the price of your flight and 70% for train and bus tickets.

Right now the we are looking for 8 local participants for the project in Rîşcova. If you live in Moldova - apply until September 30th!

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International Volunteer Exchange is a joint project of Dekabristen e.V. (Berlin), Ukranian Volunteer Service (Kyiv), Great Baikal Trail (Irkutsk), Ecovisio (Chișinău) and Vremya Zemli (Brest) with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.