Volunteer in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
- Placement location: Ulaanbaatar
- Project lengths: From two weeks
- Accommodation: Host families
- Prices: From
- Top places to travel: Terelj National Park, Gobi desert, Huvsgul Lake
- Projects available: Business | Care: General Care Projects | Culture & Community: Nomad Project | Journalism | Law & Human Rights: Human Rights, Law | Medical Electives: Medicine Electives, Midwifery Electives, Nursing Electives | Medicine & Healthcare: Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy | Sports: School Sports | Teaching: General Teaching Projects | Short-term Specials: Medicine | Language Courses: Mongolian
Mongolia is a large country - about a third the size of Europe - sandwiched between Russia and China on the Asian Steppe. It's a country that conjures up images of far-off lands and a completely different pace of life. This image really is reality, in this land of Genghis Khan and wandering nomadic clans.
Projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
Placements are available in Teaching, Care, Medicine & Healthcare, Journalism, Sports, Law & Human Rights and Business.
If you want to get away from it all you can participate in our Nomad Community Project, on the Mongolian Steppe.
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 east of Ulaanbaatar, out on the vast Mongolian Steppe.
General Information on 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.
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
Your role as a volunteer will be to assist the local staff with the day-to-day running of orphanages and care centres in Ulaanbaatar, helping to provide extra care and support for the children.
Live and work on the Mongolian steppe with a Nomadic family. Riding horses and camels and collecting firewood are all part of daily life in the desert.
Volunteer on a Human Rights placement focusing on domestic violence, human trafficking and child protection.
Work alongside local staff on a Law project and get involved in many aspects of the legal process.
Volunteer in some of the most poorly resourced schools and language centres in Ulaanbaatar. Your main role will be to assist local teachers and help the students with their conversational English.