If you’re the type of person who revels in being unconventional and you don’t want to go on a stereotypical summer vacation, you could satisfy your wild side by voyaging to the Arctic. The Arctic Circle is incredibly large and includes five countries, those being Canada, Alaska (America), Sweden, Finland, and Russia. This polar environment is full of opportunities that provide an interesting and very challenging break from the monotony of normal life. Arctic volunteering can also provide you with a chance to learn new skills.
Arctic volunteering opps: Husky farm
White, gray and black patterns adorn the husky dog, and at the volunteer husky farm at the Arctic exploration center in Finnish Lapland, you’ll find puppies that need training and love. There are a variety of tasks all throughout the year as the training conditions for the dogs stays stable and allows the construction of trails to carry on unimpeded. The farm is just 2 miles away from the Hetta, a village with superb beauty and fantastic sporting activities.
You can enjoy a hike up the snowy mountains or go kayaking in the few streams with currents too strong for the cold to melt them. The classics are on offer in the form of skiing and snowboard opportunities down the twisting tracks of the mountains.
This is a physically demanding vacation as the husky dogs are always restless and bred to travel long distances in the freezing cold but it’s very rewarding and uplifting. Glorious creatures such as the arctic husky, will teach you the importance of pack animals in the wildness and challenge you to learn how to communicate with animals to get the best out of them.
The Baikal Trail
Thrusting into Russia, you will be tested to the limit but of course, in safe conditions. Siberia is a land of Russian KGB folklore, where once communist revolutionaries were banished because they posed a threat to the Russian government in the early part of the 20th century. The Baikal Trail project offer volunteers a chance to clean up the environment by adequately using organic waste management strategies and in the process, embolden the wild life.
For approximately ten days volunteers will be living out of tents and during the day, you’ll be clearing fallen woodland, clearing the path by constructing the trail, and generally maintaining the Arctic setting. Your work will be divided into working on the trail and other jobs, and hot traditional Siberian cuisine and relaxation periods. You’ll be getting to know the other travelers and swap stories of each other’s countries and cultures; this is an experience that you will never forget.
Interacting with people through arctic volunteering
A program called the Frontier Foundation has a scheme called the Operation Beaver which gives you the chance to work directly with other first-world communities and share experiences. You get to help in their local area with projects that would otherwise, without the voluntary kindness, be impossible to achieve. In Canada you will help families construct their homes and improving living conditions.
The Frontier Foundation usually seek seeks educated students who want to challenge themselves, however, volunteers with enthusiasm and perhaps even previous experience stand just as good chance at being selected during the application process.