Project Details

Code: SF-02
Start date: 16 jul 2018
End date: 25 jul 2018
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Country: Russian Federation
State: Tsevlo village, Pskov region
Airport: Moscú-Sheremétievo
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99


The camp is organized by a local activist from the Polistovsky National Nature Reserve which is situated in the northwest of Russia, in Pskov region. It was established in 1994 and it preserves the biggest bog system in Europe. The Reserve works a lot with ecological education for children: there
are ecological expeditions, summer schools and different workshops organized for local kids. The main idea of the camp is to promote ecological education, with an emphasis on hands-on experience and create a dual-purpose garden which will provide a space for local children to learn
about permaculture and wild plants, and help in a transition to a wider use of permaculture in general.

Work And Activities

Volunteers will - build and maintain vegetable patches according to permaculture principles
- work in the garden
- work with the local kids: provide educational and cultural activities
- collect wild berries and herbs, and make tea out of them
- help to organize and celebrate the village day (logistics, organizing workshops, presenting your culture, language lessons, cooking traditional food, etc.).

Accommodation And Food

Volunteers will be accommodated in a private, fully-equipped house with kitchen and bathroom, and a washing machine. The toilet is an outhouse. There will be a possibility to visit a traditional Russian banya. Food will be cooked by the volunteers in accordance with a cooking schedule. The
internet connection is also available.


Tsevlo village, Pskov region


Participants should be motivated to work with children and be able to entertain them. They also should be interested in permaculture and gardening. There will be a short Skype interview before the project just to make sure a volunteer understands aims and objectives of the camp.




During free time volunteers will be exposed to local traditional arts and crafts, and will be taken on a tour to Pushkinskiye Gory, the cultural center devoted to the most famous Russian poet – Alexander Pushkin. There is also a possibility to go swimming, play sport games, enjoy the time at the fire place, visit traditional Russian sauna, and integrate into the local community.

Tsevlo village. It is a really small village, situated 200 km away from Pskov and 300 km (which is not far for Russia  ) from Novgorod the Great. Both Pskov and Novgorod are ancient Russian cities that are definitely worth visiting. Volunteers will be met at the station “Sushchevo” (village
Bezhanitsy). (to get there, you should take a train from Moscow or St.Petersburg)