Program Details

Multi-disciplinary curriculum includes small group investigative projects, ecological restoration work, meeting with local experts and policy makers, and interactive workshops.
  • Program integrates environmental, economic, and social concerns by ble
  • Location:
    Orenburg, Russia; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Program Type:
    Study Abroad
    Degree Level:
    Undergraduate
    Term:
    Summer

    Program Overview

    Program Description:
    The Tahoe-Baikal Institutes's Summer Environmental Exchange (SEE) is an experiential, place-based educational program focusing on watershed conservation, sustainable development, and cultural exchange at the Lake Baikal watershed in Russia and Mongolia and at Lake Tahoe in the USA. Up to eighteen young environmental leaders from North America, Russia, Mongolia, and other parts of the world will study environmental science and policy, enjoy the beauty of two great lakes, and make friendships to last a lifetime as part of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute's 22nd annual Summer Environmental Exchange.

    Multi-disciplinary curriculum includes small group investigative projects, ecological restoration work, meeting with local experts and policy makers, and interactive workshops.
  • Program integrates environmental, economic, and social concerns by blending scientific research, restoration work, and training guided by top scientists, policy makers, and business people in both countries.
  • Cultural and intellectual exchange among participants facilitates exploring new perspectives and thinking creatively about approaches to today's watershed management challenges.

    Participants pay a program fee, which is their total contribution toward the cost of round-trip international airfare (starting and finishing in either San Francisco/Reno, Irkutsk or Ulaan Baatar), visa fees, program activities, local transportation, food, and accommodations. Financial Aid may be available on a limited basis. The Tahoe-Baikal Institute, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, engages in an ambitious annual fundraising campaign in order to keep the participant's program fee reasonable for students, graduate students, post grads and young environmental professionals.
  • Setting Description:
    Participants spend 4 weeks at Lake Tahoe (California and Nevada), 10 days in the upper Baikal Watershed in Mongolia along the Selenga River and 4 weeks at Lake Baikal (Siberia, Russia)discovering other cultures in a way that cannot be replicated in a classroom, learning from each other in formal and informal settings by leading discussions, sharing presentations, and living together for a summer. Applicants should be aware that accommodations during the program are often rustic, and that there is camping and backpacking in areas with few conveniences.

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