At a glance
- Learn directly from experienced social workers by shadowing and assisting them, and get an insight into the challenges they face.
- Gain experience working in centres for children with learning disabilities, public schools, or at a local NGO.
- You’ll be given many opportunities to take part in research work, help with campaigns or presentations, and to share your knowledge.
16 or over
You should have completed at least two years of social work related studies or training.
What will I do as a Social Work intern in Mongolia?
You will work in centres for children with learning disabilities, in public schools, or with local NGOs, under the supervision of a social worker. Your work will focus mainly on the following tasks:
- Gain social work experience in Mongolia by working alongside professionals
- Help run awareness campaigns, projects, or workshops
- Research, evaluate and offer solutions to the challenges facing your placement
Your work will be split into three areas:
Gain social work experience in Mongolia by working alongside professionals
You have the opportunity to apply your studies to real life cases, and learn directly from local social workers. This is also a chance to share what you’ve learnt from your studies with them, and see how or if it applies to Mongolia. You’ll observe as a social worker evaluates a child, or as they use art therapy to help people who suffer from depression.
Help run awareness campaigns, projects or workshops
One of your main roles at your Social Work placement in Mongolia is to to be an extra pair of hands in daily activities. You’ll do this by running an anti-bullying programme at a school, or creating handbooks and education materials on art therapy to reduce stress.
You may also be asked to simply play with children, or help caregivers at your placement. We encourage you to take initiative, ask what needs to be done, and be helpful.
Research, evaluate, and offer solutions to the challenges facing your placement
Depending on your placement, you may be asked to undertake research during your time in Mongolia. This is the perfect opportunity to delve into topics you’re interested in. Speak to your supervisor and the Projects Abroad staff about what kind of research will benefit your placement. You can suggest topics focusing on children, adults, families, or how your placement can operate better.
Where in Mongolia will I work?
You will work in centres for children with learning disabilities, in public schools, or with local NGOs. The NGOs we work with can be further broken down into:
- A centre for education
- A centre against violence
- An art therapy association
All of these placements are in Ulaanbaatar.
Mongolia is rich in culture and has a fascinating history. We encourage you to learn and experience as much as you can during your internship. During weekends and free time, we encourage you to explore and learn about the history and culture. We suggest learning about the famous Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire, and visiting museums and nomad communities.
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.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Mongolia
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