1998, Yuri Valuev founded the Non-Government Organization (NGO) called
Piligrim. The goal of this NGO is TO FORM A NEW ECOLOGICAL THINKING
AMONG THE YOUTH BY THE DEVELOPMENT OF ECO-TOURISM.
Eco-tourism is an adventure combined with responsible use of country backlands while
promoting a positive environmental message.
The creation of the group Piligrim has involved the youth in activities
useful to the community, focusing their energies to more positive actions, opening new
opportunities to learn and have a place in the world of nature.
The Eco-tourist race is an ecologically aware wilderness expedition race. Teams of
experienced backcountry adventurers, men and women combined, race across a vast area of
majestic terrain using only a map, a compass and their combined wits. Successfully
finishing requires teamwork, endurance, spirit and compassion.
Every Eco-tourist race incorporates local environmental actions.
SCHOOL OF WILD NATURE
The School of Wild Nature was organized in 1999 and has introduced ecological formation
of the youth, not in dusty classrooms but outside where nature is.
The school has united more than 50 young men and women (schoolchildren, students and
working youth) actively participating in all its measures.
Advanced classes are designed for outdoor enthusiasts, in good physical condition, who
aspire to participate in the Eco-tourist race. Standard classes are offered to those
students looking for an expedition race experience with greater emphasis on skills
development and instructions.
All the measures that Piligrim will carry out have the support of