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Volunteer in Mongolia

Overview

Volunteers in Mongolia have been contributing to constructive and sustainable projects for several years with Projects Abroad. Our volunteer work in Mongolia supports numerous worthwhile placements which, while they may be challenging, give volunteers in Mongolia the opportunity to learn about the real world and themselves while making a useful and positive contribution to a worthy community setting.

Volunteer in MongoliaA hut pictured in Mongolia, a Projects Abroad volunteer destinatio

  • Placement location: Ulaanbaatar
  • Project lengths: From 1 week
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Languages spoken: Khalkha
  • Local greetings Hello: Sain bainuu
    Thankyou: Bayarlaa
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  • Top places to travel: Terelj National Park, Gobi desert, Huvsgul Lake

Overseas volunteers in Mongolia have the opportunity to work on a range of practical and rewarding projects. These include working with children on a care, teaching or sports project, getting involved in an ongoing human rights project, living and working with a Mongolian family on the Nomad Project, and medicine and healthcare projects – including midwifery, nursing and physiotherapy.

Where we are Based in Mongolia

Projects Abroad Mongolia is based right in the centre of Ulaanabaatar, and most of the projects are based here too. With the majority of our host families and projects being concentrated around the centre of the city, there is a very strong volunteer community here.

Our Nomad project is based around two hours to the west of Ulaanbaatar, out on the vast Mongolian Steppe.

General Information on Mongolia

A group of Projects Abroad volunteers in Mongolia

Mongolia is a destination for adventurers, with a history that encompasses Chinese dynasties and Soviet Communism. It's hard to imagine that this ancient state was once home to the people who ruled the largest empire the world has ever known - at one point stretching from Indonesia right over into Austria! The modern Mongolian is a descendant of Genghis Khan, a son or daughter of the Communist era and is living in a 21st century ancient state where Buddhist priests drive in Japanese jeeps across desert roads to their distant monasteries.

Its unhurried capital city, Ulaanbaatar, has many contrasts. Soviet-style high-rise blocks sit alongside traditional tents - known as gers - which are dotted around the city. Modern businesses thrive, while Mongolians walk the streets in traditional dress. Around a third of Mongolians belong to nomadic or semi-nomadic herding tribes, and away from the capital the lifestyle is much the same as it has been for centuries.

There are spectacular sights across Mongolia - from rugged and bio-diverse mountains to the wilderness of the Gobi desert (famed for its dinosaur bones!). It's a land crammed with ancient history and culture, with beautiful monasteries and stunning archaeological finds.

Travel and Tourism in Mongolia

Life in Mongolia is never dull. If you're after a different kind of adventure it's definitely the place to consider. You will be living in one of the world's most remote countries. Once outside of the capital, you will find that 'roads' marked on maps are not really roads and 'settlements' can be small and temporary. If you have a taste for adventure, you will want to explore the remote Altai Mountains and the Gobi desert.

Nomad man and child ride a horse in Mongolia

Travel opportunities might take you across the Steppe, where you could stay with a local nomadic tribe in a Ger. The unusual experiences you'll have will really make the trip worthwhile. You may find yourself gathering camel dung to put on the fire! You will certainly be riding horses, and drinking the traditional Mongolia drink airaag, fermented milk which can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

Even in Ulaanbaatar, you will soon realise that it's quite a different kind of capital city. Yes, there are bars and restaurants, but there's a lot of tradition too. Try the local food, especially the mutton. It's also easy to get a quick fix of the country life even while you're based in Ulaanbaatar. The capital is flanked by the 'four holy peaks', with forests and grasslands full of animal and bird life: ideal hiking territory!

Projects available in Mongolia

High School Projects for 15 to 18 year olds available in Mongolia

Projects

Projects available in Mongolia

High School Projects for 15 to 18 year olds available in Mongolia

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