Volunteering: Baku

Baku – Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. The placement will be located in Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku at the University. Baku is located in the far east of the country on the Absheron Peninsula stretching out into the Caspian sea. Baku is a very historical city with its origins dating back almost 2000 years. The old part of the city is the historical core of Baku, becoming the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and home to mosques, networks of alleyways and remnants of fortification. As well as being a place with great historical charm, the city is a thriving modern metropolis that hosts vibrant arts and cultural activities, as well as a bustling modern business sector. According to the Lonely Planet guide, Baku is rated in the top 10 cities in the world for nightlife. The city is also a very multicultural society with residence consisting of Muslims, Jews and Christians and historical influences from the Ottomans, Persians and Soviet Union.

About the Placement:

The project will host and involve 15 students from Baku, 2 volunteers from Denmark and 2 volunteers from the UK for the period of 10 months. The project aims to promote and support the importance of environmental protection whilst also educating about the effects of climate change and discussing the MDG (Millennium Development Goals). The placement will be broken down into various activities, including:

  • Raising awareness about the importance of forest heritage
  • Preparation of environmental actions
  • Organising various enlightenment activities
  • Preparing new ecological projects, programs and campaigns
  • Fundraising for actions and activities
  • Discussions in universities about current ecological problems
  • Creating ecological photo tours
  • Organising photo competitions and fares

During the placement, volunteers will support the university and local community in developing their understanding about environmental issues. Volunteers will also learn about how these issues are having an effect on the country and region, exploring problems such as increasing temperature changes, glacial melting in the Caucasus Mountains and pollution of the Caspian Sea.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a shared house living with up to 4 other volunteers. This accommodation will include bathrooms with showers and facilities for cooking.

Costs: There are funded options so please check funding criteria for more details. Costs will depend on length of stay and type of accommodation. If you wish to come privately please email info@act-global.org for further information. Funded places finance…

  • Accommodation 100%
  • Travel costs to and from your home to the placement 90%
  • Food allowance and spending money provided
  • In country training 100%

Climate: Baku has 4 seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn). The hottest time of year is between June and September with lows of 18°C to highs of 30°C. The coldest time of year is between December to March with lows of around 2°C to highs of 11°C. The rainiest time of the year is in October.