Nature Reserve Conservation Assistant

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Journey to the Great Baikal Lake found in Russia and become a part of an amazing team and worthwhile cause at our Baikal Ecotourism Development Program! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Journey to the Great Baikal Lake found in Russia and become a part of an amazing team and worthwhile cause at our Baikal Ecotourism Development Program! The focus of this program is Environmental conservation through sustainable eco-tourism. You will volunteer alongside international volunteers and amazing local staff to help set up sustainable responsible eco-tourism to support the local communities as well as to safe guard this amazing habitat for future generations.

Lake Baikal is a rift lake found in Russia and is known to be the largest fresh water lake by volume in the entire world! Not only being the largest; it is also the deepest, clearest and oldest lake known in history. Lake Baikal takes the spot of the seventh largest lake in the world by surface area. Apart from how huge the lake is, this picturesque and unique destination is home to a variety of species of flora and fauna, many of which exist nowhere else in the world. It is also considered home to the native Buryat people! 
Becoming a volunteer and working along an amazing team, it is important to note that the project’s main goal is to develop ecotourism and the cultivation of a socially responsible society through the aid garnered from local and International volunteers & Educational Projects. It was designed with the main focus on building the very first system of environmentally sensitive trails in all of Russia. They also strive towards raising awareness and/or ecological education through various workshops and programs. Be blown away by this unique opportunity and gain the satisfaction that comes from working in a great environment with an amazing team! Join us now on this adventure of a lifetime! 

This project is based in the Siberian Region Irkutsk, Russia where you have great opportunities to experience a truly different way of life, culture and tradition while making friends and awesome memories along the way! 

There are no specific skills or equipment needed for this project. However do be prepared for cold weather even in the summer months. We do require you to have Strong work ethics and be: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humor, dependable, physically and mentally fit.

Typical day

Volunteers play a vital role at the Baikal Ecotourism Development Program assisting with the daily activities. Your responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Assist in building small bridges, information stands and other small pieces of infrastructure for the trails.
  • Assist in building new sections of the trail and maintaining previous sections.
  • Provide assistance with art projects and educational activities with the local communities to raise awareness and teach about ecotourism and the environment.
Each trail-building project is two weeks long (Some are shorter). At the project camp, volunteers sleep in tents and prepare meals together over a central campfire. During the workday, volunteers might clear the way for a new trail, improve an existing trail, or build a campground or other structure, making sure that each trail is clean and up to standards. Each project description (below) includes specific tasks listed in detail. 
During the interim weekend and on other free days of a project, volunteers might enjoy hikes, or trips to local sites and museums. These outings, and the projects themselves, are led by our crew leaders. Our leaders are trained in the design and construction of trails and the creation of backcountry campsites. Each group also will have a translator, a project staff person who not only ensures that the Russian and international volunteers can enjoy each other’s conversations, but is also responsible for the project’s cultural and entertainment programs. The two official languages on our projects are English and Russian.

Free-time activities

On a 14-days project, you will be required to volunteer for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Weekends are free and applicants can use this time to visit local attractions, do some hiking, diving, etc! On a 10-days project there is only one day-off and days-off do not have to happen on weekends.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel
The Fee includes:

  • Accommodation - Since Volunteers will be involved in projects along Lake Baikal in the Taiga forest, they will be spending their 2 weeks camping. The Project will provide camping and cooking gears.
  • Meals - Meals are included; the project provides that however, the volunteers will take turns at cooking and washing dishes.
  • Airport Pick up - All participants will need to fly to Irkutsk Airport where you will be met by the project’s transport team.
  • Ongoing service and 24/7 Emergency Contact
Airport Pickup at Irkutsk International Airport

You will arrive at the Airport, where you may be met and transferred to the project. If no one meets you there, take it upon yourself to get to the hostel on your own. Instructions on how to get there will be provided!


Since most of the projects will be taking place alongside Lake Biakal, you will be spending most of your nights camping. Not to worry, all camping gears and cooking sets will be provided by the project (take your sleeping bag and sleeping pad for camping; cabins sleeping doesn’t require them).

Food & Beverages

Meals will be provided by the project however, volunteers will take turn at cooking and washing the dishes

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Irkutsk International Airport (IKT) in Irkutsk. We assist you to find cheap flights to Russia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Russia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Russia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Russia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

There is no specific start/arrival date for this project however we recommend volunteers to come during the Summer as it is the high-season and is mostly recommended however it’s short. Many people enjoy coming in non-season. And one cannot see beautiful Baikal fall forest or picturesque Baikal ice in summer.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
2 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$598 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Nature Reserve Conservation Assistant

Journey to the Great Baikal Lake found in Russia and become a part of an amazing team and worthwhile cause at our Baikal Ecotourism Development Program!


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