What will I do on the cultural immersion project in Mongolia?
You can expect to be fully involved with a nomad family’s daily life in Mongolia. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do:
- Help your nomad family with chores and activities inside the house and out in the field
- Teach basic English to nomad children and their family, while learning a bit of Mongolian yourself
- Learn about the nomad way of life from the adults, but also from the children
Help your nomad family with chores and activities
We strongly encourage you to roll up your sleeves and be part of as much as possible with your host family. You’ll help out with their daily activities and tasks, like cooking meals, herding yaks or cattle, milking cows, and more. No experience in these kinds of activities? No problem! Your nomad family will patiently guide you through them.
Teach basic English to nomad children and their family
If your host family has children, you can teach them basic English. This is a great way to get know them and relax after chores are done. You can focus on teaching greetings, numbers, and ABCs. In return, they can have fun teaching you some Mongolian.
Learn about the nomad way of life
As you live and work with nomads in Mongolia, you will come to learn about and appreciate their simple way of life. This is also an opportunity for you to experience simple pleasures, like a sky full of stars with no city lights to interfere. If you want, you can also keep a journal during your time in Mongolia so that you can remember everything later.
Where in Mongolia will I be working?
You will live and work with nomads in Mongolia’s Tuv Province. The area is about 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Ulaanbaatar.
You will live in a ger, a traditional tent. With vast open plains and mountains surrounding you, use the time to explore the area during free time. This is the perfect location for mountaineers, adventure seekers, and volunteers looking for some quiet reflection.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Mongolia is one of the most remote countries in the world. Volunteering here is a chance to experience a completely different way of life.
Our projects are based in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital. This city is an eclectic mix of modern and traditional. The Government Palace is a perfect example of this, with it’s old-world style architecture and glowing blue and gold lights.
Even when you’re in the city, you’re never far from the countryside. Just a quick trip can take you out to a nomad settlement, where you can meet travelling families who live in traditional gers. We recommend going on a horse ride or trek to take in the beauty of the endless countryside horizons.
The famous statue of Genghis Khan is a must-see. You can also learn about the country’s history at the National Museum of Mongolia.
We run a range of different projects in Mongolia so there will likely be other volunteers in the country with you. So you can travel alone or explore the country with a group of like-minded new friends.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Mongolia
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