About the local hosting organizationVolunteer Forest Firefighter Society was established in 2008 by the group of active people who were alarmed by the situation with fires at the Ladoga-Lake region. Local governmental services of natural area protection was not able to handle fire extinguishing at the numerous islands scattered on the lake surface.
About the volunteer workThe project is aiming for prevention and extinguishing the fire, education of local community, pointing out the problem. Also recognition the value of this area and National Park status assignment for it, as long-term goal.There is large variety of tasks:61485;Detecting and putting out fires; 61485;Monitoring the land from motor boats.61485;Monitoring the land through binoculars from various islands.61485;Running the camp (housekeeping tasks, help with meal preparation)61485;Also we organise Islands Cleaning Events: group of our volunteers (rubbish tream) goes by boat to some popular island often visited by tourists and clean it up from rubbish, install info boards. Working hours: 3-8 hours/day, however it can vary depending on weather, current tasks and number of people. When it s dry and hot we focus on patrolling and observation of the area. Each volunteer should be ready to move if the alarm appears. It is important to keep in mind that the main goal of this camp is to detect and extinguish forest fires - it is priority task and rest of work, day routines and discipline are built around it.
Local accommodationWe have electricity from the generator: every tree or two days batteries, accumulators and other items may be charged. There is free wi-fi and even water tab made by our ingenious volunteers. We use organic hand-made wash up liquid or purchase eco-friendly one. We separate our rubbish and transport it to St.Petersburg for recycling.The laundry can be done in the lake or we have several basins and soap.There is sauna-tent with a stove and hot stones. We use wood to heat it up and make washing process comfortable and pleasant. The wood is taken from the nearest island, which was affected by the fire about 10 years ago and has plenty of dead dry trees.There are tents for 2-4 people in the camp. Please, bring your own mat and sleeping bag. If you have your own tent, please bring it with you. If not, we will manage to find the tent for you but be ready for neighbors.Food is cooked on bonfire and on gas stove. Many of our participants are vegetarians and all the dishes made without meat, but if you like you may add can-meat or fish to your plate. We use water from the lake for cooking. And of course if you want bring some specialties from your country you re warmly welcome ATTENTION Alcohol in the camp is strictly forbidden
About the project locationLadoga is one of the biggest fresh water lake in Europe. It is situated in the Republic of Karelia in the north-west of Russia. Closest big city is Saint Petersburg which locates about 2,5 hours by train South direction.The camp is based on the island Pieni-Hepposaari in 30-40 minutes from the mainland by boat. One of our coordinators will assist the new volunteers with arrival to the camp.Free time activities: The amount of free time strongly depends on weather. There may be three days raining, and that case volunteers have plenty of free time to sleep, read, chat, or play games. We like gather around bonfire for singing with guitar. For newcomers we organise different trainings and practical seminars:-Sailing a boat;-How to work with water pumps and different equipment;-Fire trainings;-Orienteering: how to use GPS, work with maps, define azimuth;-First aid;-Knots;-What to do if you or your fellow dropped overboard? It s literally practical;-Radio: how to use walkie-talkie, number codes.
RequirementsFor this project we seek for motivated volunteers with outdoor camping experience, ready for challenging and sometimes very demanding conditions. Also it s better to have at least basic knowledge of Russian language or be ready to learn it right in the camp.Also we ask the applicants to send the letter of motivation.