Kenozero National Park
Description: National park Kenozero is strictly protected area which represents the model of historical human habitat. It is the place that managed to preserve ancient history and culture of the Russian North region. The high level of conservation of the cultural landscapes and their valuable elements make the national park Kenozero the unique region with no analogues in Russia or worldwide. Yet, the thing that makes Kenozero National Park unique is its cultural heritage and survived Russian traditions. There are about 100 monuments of cultic and civil architecture in Kenozero, big and small villages with friendly people, ancient monasteries located in remote woodlands, numerous holy forests. In 2004, Kenozero National Park joined the Global Network of UNESCO Biospheric Nature Reserves. The park has been hosting volunteer projects for several years.
Type of Work: Volunteers will help local residents and employees of the Kenozero National Park to maintain and preserve cultural landscapes. The highlight of this project is haymaking. It is one of the most pleasant rural works, where work is combined with entertainment. Participants will learn how to mow, put haystacks and dry hay in a traditional way.
Study Theme: Free time activities: - trips along Kenozero lake - walks around the ancient villages of Kenozero - visiting the famous Kenozero chapels - getting to know the locals - visiting museums and visit centers of folk crafts of the Kenozero National Park; - workshops of traditional folk crafts
Accommodation: Volunteers will be staying in a camping and be sleeping in tents (sleeping bag are needed). Food will be cooked on a campfire. Instead of showers volunteers will have Russian banya (sauna). Mobile connection is available via Megafone and Yota operators. During the time of the camp there will be a person responsible for First aid. The campground itself is in a rural area. It is close to the village Zekhnova which is located about 15 km along the lake from the bigger village Vershinino, where you can find administrative office of the park, shops, medical office, post office, internet, cable telephone.
Requirements: Vaccination against encephalitis is recommended.
Approximate Location: Zekhnova village.Free time activities: - trips along Kenozero lake- walks around the ancient villages of Kenozero- visiting the famous Kenozero chapels- getting to know the locals- visiting museums and visit centers of folk crafts of the Kenozero National Park; - workshops of traditional folk crafts