Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Visit and explore Russia at the The 4th Baikal Volunteer Forum - July 7th to July 22nd, 2013

The 4th Baikal Volunteer Forum
Despite full stimulation of development of the volunteer movement in Russia by Russian Government aiming to elaborate ambitious national projects, no philosophical concept for development of volunteering has been drawn up and discussed in public yet. Everyone understands and popularizes volunteering from the perspective of their own experience and interests. In this light it is dramatically important to hold a Forum of such volunteers who are not only experienced enough but also focused on finding that concept. Therefore, the Forum is held by volunteers for volunteers and paid by volunteers, what filters out those who wish to take part in rallies at the expense of the receiving party.       
The Forum aims at deep changes in the activeness of local population in their community life as an example of what volunteer initiative should be centered on. The Forum should also become a platform for effective interaction of outside volunteers and local inhabitants producing the highest result possible due to inspiration and enthusiasm of outside volunteers and self-interest of the locals as owners of the community. The Forum will enable the locals to take a new perspective on their co-workers, neighbours or relatives, going beyond old stereotypes, mistrust or disbelief in their own abilities.          
The choice of site for the Forum is caused by the fact that the locals tend to underestimate the unique nature of the Lake Baikal. As a result we have not only indifference to preserving the nature but also ignorance about advantages of their position in terms of tourist attraction. Holding the Forum will contribute to promotion of the Slyudyanka area and Lake Baikal around Russia and CIS countries as a recreation site and a place to come to know the nature. Moreover, it will improve the attitude of the locals to their role. The infrastructure created by hands of the volunteers in tourist attraction sites and itineraries has to be supported and preserved by those interested locals whose activity will be revealed or reinforced by the Forum. Thus, the Forum should contribute to both volunteering growth in our country and strong authentic (appropriate to its unique location) development of the town of  Slyudyanka.         

”Baikal Volunteer Forum - 2013” will be held in Slyudyuanka (Irkutsk Region) on July 7th to July 22nd, 2013. Web-site: http://youthfederation.ru/baikalforum   
Forum Initiators:
“Baikal Project” Organizing Committee
Universal Peace Federation”, Ural Branch
Aims of the Forum: to develop volunteering and support local initiatives, to develop cooperation between volunteers, to build informal volunteer community, to exchange experience, to provide  individual character growth of the Forum participants , to come to know local culture and Baikal nature.

Main topics: individual growth methods for volunteers, strategy and practical approaches to motivation of volunteers, principles of steady territory development and the role of volunteer initiatives, principles of cooperation and arrangement of combined projects, insuring long-term participation of a volunteer in a volunteer activity, eco-tourism and environmental ethics.  

Conditions for participation: accommodation in tents (the staff provides several tents); food shall be provided by the teams themselves; payment of all the expenses (food, transport, personal equipment, organizational and facility expenses). Participating in all events of the Forum is free of charge. The staff prepares and provides educational, creative and sport program of the Forum. The participants shall receive electronic versions of all the Forum materials: outlines, photos, video, reflections and so on. Foreign volunteers arriving from other countries on their own shall not be under 18 years old.  

Payment: food cost is about 150 rub. per day; organizational fee is 500 rub.

By participating in the Forum the participants willingly agree to all text, photo and video materials made during the time of preparation and holding of the Forum to be used later by the staff, with necessary reference to the author.  

In case of any questions concerning participation, please, contact the Organizing Committee:
In Ekaterinburg, 8-902-444-44-38, Evgeny Skvortsov (skype: skvorzov_evgeny). 

What is required to participate in the Forum:
1.      Fill in the inquiry form and e-mail it.
2.      Pass an interview. A representative of the Organizing Committee will contact you and will have a pleasant talk with you.
The 4th Baikal Volunteer Forum


July, 7th

Arrival to Slyudyanka, accommodation, sightseeing tours and visits to museums
19:00 Organizational meeting
Presentation of events and registration of participants for the Forum events.

July, 8th Mon
10:00 – 20:00 Team-building
Games, sport, communication. Evening concert.
July, 9th
10:00 – 20:00 One-day Workshop on peacemaking technologies.
«Value-Orientated Volunteering»
Discussions and experience exchange.
July, 10th Wed
10:00-20:00 One-day workshop on peacemaking.
­­­­Discussions and experience exchange.
July, 11th Thu
9:00 Discussions about peacemaking
11:00 Establishment of a tourist site
The day and discussions topic: “Owner’s attitude”
July, 12th Fri
9:00 Round Table “Development of Tourist Business”
11:00 Establishment of a tourist site
The day and discussions topic: “Team Work”
July, 13th Sat
10:00 Round Table “Development of Volunteer Movement”
11:00 Establishment of a tourist site
11:00 “National Subbotnik” within All-Russian Clean-up “We’ll do it!”
The day and discussions topic: “Active citizen attitude”
July, 14th
Sport Sunday
Distance-running (everyone who wants): 21 km, 10 km and 3 km.
The place will be specified (fishing fans): fishing tournament;
Stadium “Pereval” (teenagers): a football match between street teams and volleyball for everyone (for fans, etc.);
“Pribrezhny” Park (families with children): games for children and fun races for families.
Beach near Shamanka (young men and girls): beach volleyball;
The day and discussions topic: “I choose life!”
July, 15th Mon
Tourist hiking tour
Preparation and hike to the mountains
The day and discussions topic: “Positive thinking”
July, 16th Tue
Visit to “Heart” Lake
“The Philosophy of Volunteer Projects” Discussion
The day and discussions topic: “The Value of Life
July, 17th Wed
Visit to Waterfalls
“Conflict Solving” Discussion
The day and discussions topic: “Challenge and Victory”
July, 18th Thu
Climbing Peak Cherskogo
“Volunteer personal character growth” Discussion
The day and discussions topic: ”Life Mission”
July, 19th Fri
Hiking to “Chyortovy Vorota” Pass
“The Principle of Co-Working” discussion
The day and discussions topic: “I am a peacemaker”
July, 20th
Return to the Baikal shore
Camp settling, sauna
The day and discussions topic: “A New Start”
July, 21st Sun
15:00 Festive Forum completion
Awarding winners of contests and sports events, and active Forum participants, creativity program and contests for children and adults. 
Candidate Inquiry Form for Participation
in the 4th Baikal Volunteer Forum

How did you learn about the Baikal Volunteer Forum?                                                                                                       
What are your expectations of participating in the Forum?                                                                                              
How do you plan to use the experience received?                                                                                                               
Given name and name:                                                                                                                                                                      

Your volunteering experience:                                                                                                                                                        

Occupation and/or place of education                                                                                                                                        

Place of residence:                                                                                                                                                                              

Date of birth:                                                                                                                                                                                          

E-mail, telephone number and social network account:                                                                                                     

Do you have any food limitations?                                                                                                                                               

Forum rules:
1. Alcohol drinks (including low alcohol drinks), drugs and smoking are banned all through the Forum activities and on the camp site.
2. Every participant should provide for their own accommodation at the Forum beforehand and agree it with the Organizing Committee.   
3. Every participant should take care of their own health – have personal medicines and medical insurance policy. We also recommend you to get vaccination against tick bites and an insurance in case of a tick bite. 
4. Every participant alone or together with others should provide cooking, dish washing, purchase and storage of food following hygienic, fire-preventive and ecological standards set by the Forum Organizing Committee.
5. In case of any damage to the property of the Forum the participant shall compensate it either by equivalent property or money as agreed with the owners of the damaged property.
6. Anyone can only be present on the Forum camp site if they follow the Forum standards and take an active part in the Forum events.  
7. By participating in the Forum the participants willingly agree to all text, photo and video materials made during the time of preparation and holding of the Forum and passed to the Organizing Committee out of free will to be used later by the staff with necessary reference to the author.
Do you agree to the Forum rules?
1) yes
2) not completely because:                                                                                                                                              
3) no

Thank you!

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