"I thoroughly recommend volunteering for the Great Baikal Trail (GBT) non-profit organisation. It is a well established outfit with good logistics and organisation. Summer and Winter projects are varied and well planned. If you don't speak Russian but can communicate in English then do not fear as each project has an interpreter the whole time. Russia is an amazing country and spending some time volunteering for GBT is one way to get to know the people of this great country, to experience rich culture and see some wonderful scenery and wildlife. I have volunteered for summer and winter projects and also spent some time volunteering in the GBT office which is another option. The GBT staff are very welcoming, friendly, supportive, kind, and truly passionate about ecology. They welcome volunteers from all over the world as well as across Russia. There is a great sense of camaraderie fostered on GBT projects and you will have an opportunity to build some special bonds with volunteers from across the world. You can find out more and what it was like to meet the Siberian Santa Claus at http://graemewhitty.com/great-baikal-trail-project-february-2017"