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“SAVE THE PLANET” LS–03NURSERY July 28th- August10th ENVIRONMENT/FOREST 10 VOL10+

LS–03NURSERY July 28th- August10th
ENVIRONMENT/FOREST 10 VOL10+

“Save the planet”

This Ak-Suu Nursery Forest was founded in 1949 and is situated in Ak-Suu Village, 15 km from Karakol. It is unique because it is the only organization of its kind in Kyrgyzstan. Ak-Suu Nursery Forest covers 1529 hectares of landscape. Each year they plant trees, care for young seedlings, and protect the soil, while one of the main goals of the nursery is the cultivation of non-native crops. There are 120 kinds of bushes and trees, 111 of which are non-native, 33 kinds of birches, several kinds of pine, acacia and maple in the territory of the nursery. An arboretum was also founded there, where rare and unique plants growing in the territory of Kyrgyzstan and beyond the borders of the country are collected.
All studies and work at the nursery are under observation from the Academy of Sciences of Kyrgyz Republic. Currently, work is underway on the acclimatization of beech, common eastern hemlock, and European hornbeam trees.

It has been 4 years since we dedicate the Nursery project to the honor of Daisaku Ikeda.
Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, educator, author and poet, founder of a number of cultural, educational and peace research institutions around the world. He believes that communication between people is a first step for overcoming cultural and philosophic differences and it brings up mutual confidence and understanding, which are need for creation the peace in the world.
Ikeda was born in Tokyo, Japan, on January 2, 1928, the fifth of eight children, to a family of seaweed farmers.
He is the third president of the SokaGakkai lay Buddhist organization and the founding president of the SokaGakkai International (SGI), now a global network linking over 12 million members in some 190 countries and territories. SokaGakkai International is today one of the world's largest and most diverse lay Buddhist organizations, promoting a philosophy of character development and social engagement for peace.

Project goals:
• Maintain nursery through caring for young trees (watering, weeding, trimming, etc)

Work: During this 2-week camp, volunteers will take care of young trees (seedlings), water, weed, and trim the area of the nursery.
Weekend: On the weekend volunteers will have an opportunity to visit one of many beautiful sites around Ak-Suu and its health resorts and have a hiking trip to Altyn-Arashan.
Meeting point: Karakol, office of Leadership, 138 Lenin St. (cross road: Koenkozova St). Travel cost from the airport to the meeting point is not reimbursed. Extra assistance of travel can be provided upon request.
Location:Ak-Suu is situated 15 km from Karakol, the Issyk-Kul Oblast centre. Ak-Suu region is one of the region’s oldest districts, full of hot springs for health and leisure. Surrounded completely by mountains, this location is very picturesque.
Language: English
Accommodation: Basic cabins with beds and shared rooms. Kitchen supplies will be available. Volunteers will bathe in bathhouses 2 times per week at a former Soviet resort in Ak-Suu. Volunteers should bring sleeping bags.
Food:Cooking will be done by volunteers in the kitchen with all necessary supplies provided.

     

Group: Mixed, composed of approximately 5+ international, 2 United States Peace Corps volunteers and 2 local volunteers. Volunteers will manage working hours and free time activities with the camp leaders. Decisions will be made based on discussions with the whole group. Local residents who wish to be involved will be welcome.
Insurance:Volunteers should come with their own health and accident insurance.
Bring: A more detailed packing list will be sent after applying, a basic listincludes: back-pack, sleeping bag, raingear, warm clothes, comfortable shoes for hiking, a swimsuit, sunscreen, insect repellent, a torch, your national recipes, music, songs, games, energy and a good mood!
Participation fee: 5500 som should be paid upon arrival in cash.
The participation fee covers accommodation, food, transportation, recreation and organizational costs.

 

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