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Famed adventurer takes school supplies to remote villages

Published time: May 16, 2012 17:48
Edited time: May 16, 2012 21:48

Village school (RIA Novosti / Vitaly Ankov)

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Having traveled around the world exploring far-flung corners, video blogger Vlad Minnin is setting off on a new journey aimed at helping the children of Russia. RT caught up with the adventurer.

­Minnin, who once tore around the Alaskan wilderness in a snowmobile, is now back to tackle the vast Russian equivalent. He plans to start in Vladivostok, making 12 stops along the way in remote villages.

The adventurer will gives out school supplies to kids who do not see much luxury in their lives in a project called “10,000 mileposts.”

“I want to help these kids, because they don't have the simple things that kids have in cities,” Minnin told RT. “They don't want to work with laptops; they need just simple things. This is easy for people who live far away from a road, from everything.”

It is a challenge that many international charities have undertaken, but this man is taking it upon himself to traverse his own country to help.

Businesses in the big cities are more than ready to help out an explorer trying to make a difference. Thanks to them, Minnin is packing his suitcase with 30 kg of school supplies – erasers, pens, pencils and markers. The adventurer will take them to Vladivostok and then stop to pick up more supplies from his sponsors on his journey.

Minnin’s last secret weapon on this journey is a free Toyota Tundra, fitted out to his specifications.

If this dream ride, and the stories he writes about his adventure, can help to develop volunteer tourism within Russia so that people visit these villages and help out, then he says his job is done – at least until he dreams up another adventure.