College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Abroad Opportunities

March 4, 2011

I. Volunteer in Siberia
II. Study Abroad in Biology Information Meeting
III. Fall 2011 Mo'orea Class Applications Are Open
IV. Study Abroad on the 2011 Global Summer Program

I. Volunteer in Siberia
The Great Baikal Trail (GBT) is an officially recognized non-profit organization working in eastern Siberia, mostly within the national parks and nature reserves that surround Lake Baikal. Our mission is to promote locally sustainable development through low-impact eco-tourism. We ground our work by building a system of environmentally friendly trails, each of them safe and enjoyable for hikers of all ages and levels of experience. We are proud to say that this is the first large system of trails in all of Russia.

The GBT also runs eco-education classes for our younger generation, where we regularly bring together local Siberian students with their international counterparts. In this way we help to connect people with their environment and with the World Heritage Site that is Lake Baikal!

Volunteers can:
1. Participate in our two week trail-building eco-camps. (
2. Participate in our two-week Russian language camp (
3. Apply for an internship with the GBT. (In this way students and recent graduates can experience life and work in Siberia, and be directly involved in our environmental movement. Please note, it is
possible to combine a GBT internship with a Russian Language Course at Irkutsk State Linguistic University. Funding opportunities are also available with the European Voluntary Service)
4. Join one of our summer field trips. (Each year we are able to organize and guide groups to help with their research on environmental, geological, or other social sciences at Lake Baikal and the surrounding areas. We also are able to offer cultural immersion programs, where students can study the environment while living with a GBT-sponsored host family in one of our remote and beautiful Siberian villages).

II. Study Abroad in Biology Information Meeting
Tuesday, March 8th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: 2063 VLSB
The Information meeting will feature a panel of returned study abroad students majoring in biology. Come and learn more about biology studies abroad!

III. Fall 2011 Mo'orea Class Applications Are Open
The application for Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands (IB c158LF, ESPM c107, aka "the Mo'orea Class")is now up! You can find all info here: The deadline is March 25th, so plan now to begin working on it.

IV. Study Abroad on the 2011 Global Summer Program
Sponsored by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), the Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience for undergraduate students at ten of the world’s leading research universities. GSP provides intensive, residential summer courses to students from IARU member universities. By participating in GSP, students will be joining a new community of global citizens and future global leaders.

Students participating in GSP will:
* Tackle the major challenges of the 21st century
* Work with outstanding peers from around the world
* Live and learn intensively at a foreign university
* Learn from top researchers

Apply to Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad by 4:00 p.m., 7 March 2011. For more information, visit and, or email

2011 Courses:
Australian National University
· International Environmental Policy (5 – 22 July)

ETH Zurich
· Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles (4 – 8 July)
· Dynamic Walking and Running with Robots (11 – 15 July)

National University of Singapore
· Asia Now! (27 June – 15 July)
· Southeast Asia in Context (20 June – 23 July)

Peking University
· Chinese Politics and Public Policy (4 – 29 July)
· Comparative Philosophy: China and the West (4 – 29 July)

University of California, Berkeley
· Media and Society: The Middle East in the Global Context (5 July – 12 August)
· Summer Peace Institute: Human Security and Peacebuilding (13 June – 15 July)

University of Cambridge
· Shaping the World: Understanding the Past, Predicting the Future (10 July – 6 August)

University of Copenhagen
· Interdisciplinary Aspects of Healthy Ageing (18 – 31 July)
· Kierkegaard: The Individual in the Global Society (5 – 29 July)
· Security: Theories, Practices and Dilemmas (15 – 28 August)

University of Oxford
· Global Challenges of the 21st Century (4 – 29 July)

University of Tokyo
· Introduction to the Japanese Language (4 – 15 July)
· Japan in Today’s World (19 – 28 July)
· Nanoscience (4 – 15 July)
· Sustainable Urban Management (20 June – 5 July)

Yale University
· Topics in International Economics (4 July – 5 August)