COMMUNITY BASED TOURISM
- Code : LSM-02
- Dispo : 1M / 2F (Total Part 3)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
Leadership is a non-profit organization bringing together young volunteers with the mission of involving youth in civil society through volunteerism, project design, and cooperation both locally and internationally.Leadership was founded on November 1, 2005 as a youth volunteer organization under the auspices of the public association Leader, a centre of civic society initiatives.
Actively participate in current projects of the Association; Create any PR materials for the organization (by wish): booklets, video clips, photo exhibition, etc. and translations (especially French and Spanish) Actively participate in daily work of the association (to maintain a database of guides, porters, cooks, to provide information for tourists) Participation in management of CBT In May and June, CBT conducts practice trips into the mountains. If the volunteer is here during that time then they will also be able to participate in these tours. If the volunteer is here during another time, the opportunity may arise to go on other trips into the mountains.
Volunteers will live with a local host family; they will provide a private room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host-family for breakfast and dinner while lunch will be provided at the office with other members of the CBT
Our volunteer programs are located in the northeastern region of Kyrgyzstan, in the town of Karakol. The town is the administrative centre of the Issyk-Kul Oblast. The town is a base for exploring the central Tien Shan Mountain range and Karakol is situated near the pearl of the country – Issyk-Kul Lake. The lake is at the bottom of a deep tectonic hollow, with an elevation of 1610 m above sea level. From all directions the Teskey and KungeyAla-Too mountain peaks surround the lake. Snow capped year-round, some of these mountains reach elevations of more than 5000 meters. Eighty rivers feed the lake with crystal-clear water. The climate around the lake is more moderate than the rest of the country, there is no exhausting heat or deep frost; the average air temperature in the summer months is 23-26 degrees Celsius. The water warms to comfortable 20-22 degrees Celsius in the summer. On the Coast of Issyk-Kul Lake are petroglyphic figures dated to the second millennium BC. Karakol offers numerous leisure activities. The local historical museum, the countless treks that lay just south of the city itself, and the Jety-Oguz Gorge, known for its beautiful shaped red rocks are just a few of the attractions. Every region of Issyk-Kul Oblast is enticing to the visitor. Boomsk Gorge begins at the gates to Issyk-Kul; here it is possible to raft the rugged Chui River finishing at one of the most remote parts of the area. There you can admire Engelchek Glacier, and the peaks of Khan Tengri and Pobeda Mountains, known for their high elevations.
In order to be admitted you must be able to participate for at least one month while the maximum period of involvement is one year. Your work will range from 6 to 8 hours per day, depending on a mutual agreement and the needs of the host organization. Normally volunteers work Monday through Friday, though special events and activities sometimes require their presence during weekends. The costs of the program are as follows: • Cost for 1 month: 250 EUR. • Cost for 3 months: 700 EUR • Cost for 6 months: 1400 EUR. • Cost for one year: 2500 EUR. The program fee covers administrative charges, accommodation and food (provided by a host-family), pre-departure preparation assistance, beginner’s Russian/Kyrgyz language classes and 24-hour support and guidance from professional, locally based staff. If you need a guided transfer from the Bishkek Airport to Karakol, an additional 50 EUR will be charged. The program fee does not cover your roundtrip flight to Kyrgyzstan. Your visa, medical and travel insurance, airport departure taxes, and travel expenses during your stay in Karakol (if not directly connected to the volunteer work) are your responsibility. Costs of personal Internet time and phone calls are also the responsibility of the volunteer. Language – Though the working language of international volunteers is English, at least basic knowledge of Russian is recommended in order to communicate efficiently with local volunteers and staff members of the organization. Beginner’s Russian/Kyrgyz language lessons are provided in the participation fee. Knowledge of other world languages is welcome; this will enable you to hold language courses with local volunteers and other youth in Karakol. Other skills – In order to participate in the program you are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team, and depending on which project, working with teenagers. For certain projects, it is recommended to bring literature and CDs with language teaching programs. We also expect you to be motivated and to actively participate in your own program’s implementation and evaluation process.