Team GBT

Elena Chubakova

I’m from Irkutsk. I’m an ecologist, biologist, and a traveller. I’ve been with GBT since 2002. To begin with I was a volunteer, but since 2005 I’ve been the leader of GBT. For me, GBT is life! Exceptional people, amazing projects, and the most beautiful places in the Baikal region! I love my family and friends, and love to explore nature. “It really takes a little bit of craziness to see the stars better…”






Eleanora Eremchenko

Having been with GBT since 2003, I participated in my first projects as a volunteer. I was the Russian coordinator of the international exchange program “Tahoe-Baikal Institute” for four years. Also I was the projects coordinator for GBT. I studied to be a biologist, and for me GBT is a genuine ecological organization with active projects and active people. GBT provides the opportunity to learn something new. It changes lives and broadens horizons. My hobbies are: hiking, trekking, pedigree dogs, cross-country and alpine skiing, music, books and sewing. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”– Gandalf the Grey.




Roma Mikhailov

I’m from Angarsk. I’ve been a volunteer with GBT since 2013. Thanks to GBT I did a six-month internship with Earth Corps in Seattle, and gained lots of experiences and ideas. I love GBT and its people because of everything they can offer me, and everything I can share with them! I enjoy all types of hiking, explorations into nature, interesting people, interesting conversations and events. I also love organising events and making an impact on people, making them feel wonderful emotions! That’s precisely why I got involved with GBT. “I believe all will happen in good time, for those who are prepared to wait.”





Roman Chubakov

Has been with GBT since 2005. Team-leader of GBT’s international projects. I associate GBT with new people and interesting journeys. I love active pursuits: hikes in the mountains, snowboarding, freeriding, and skiing.“Experience is the best teacher in life. True, it comes dearly, but it explains things clearly”






Natasha Tugutkhonova

I was born and raised in a tiny village called Yenisey. I graduated from Irkusk Linguistic University and now work at another university. During my school years I had two dreams – to go hiking and to be at Lake Baikal. At GBT, where I’ve been for almost 6 years now, both my dreams have been realised in an amazing way. GBT’s given me not only the opportunity to see the most beautiful parts of our native region, find friends from all corners of the world, gain lots of useful knowledge, but it’s also give me more confidence in myself, made me more sociable and less afraid of change. I love to read and watch good films, take photographs and cook sweet pies! “Rejoice in every day. Don’t save things for a special occasion, because every day that you are alive is special.”




Zarina Mullagaleyeva

My name is Zarina and I’m from Irkutsk. At the moment I’m a student. GBT has helped me belie ve in myself: while testeing my strength trying to help in some way on the trails, perhaps on one of the children’s outreach programme or a summer project, I’ve joyfully realised ‘hmmm, I can do this!’. Now I don’t want to stop, and I think there’s lots more I can do to help. My interests include handicrafts, ethnology, good books, hiking, Baikal, nature, meditation, ice-skating, coin collecting, dogs, and loving life! “Each living day cannot be returned or exchanged!













Natalya Ivanova

I’m from Irkutsk and I’m a manager. I’ve experienced many good things in my life, but things are always becoming better over the years. GBT is all about discovery, gaining greater knowledge, skills and wisdom. With GBT my positive qualities and my thirst for knowledge have both flourished. My hobbies include travelling and sport. “I live for what makes me happy. I live to make others happy. I live to consider the stars in the sky. I live to become a bird, to fly. I live to feel, to love. I live, quite simply, to LIVE!”





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Evgeny Maryasov

I helped to build the BAM (Baikal Amur Magistral), and now GBT. I was born in Tomsk. I’m a builder-engineer, social-cultural manager, participant in a North Baikal building project, organiser with tour-club ‘Davan’, former director of the municipal School of Eco-tourism education. GBT is the love of my life. It’s given me something important to do, many brilliant events, meetings and friends, a profession in eco-tourism, and values that I share with my children. For me, taking part in GBT will never get old. Everything that’s been best in my life has been to do with tourism and travelling, including GBT. “Happy are those who love what they do.”