“As of today, I’ve been living in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital for about 2,5 weeks. I’ll be honest and say that it hasn’t only been easy. Mongolians tend to speak very little, or no English, which has been a challenge. Also, the program offers absolutely no help to settle in, except that they show you the grocery store and take you to immigration. I haven’t really seen the coordinators at all after arriving, just when I tried getting my passport back after giving it to immigration.
I’m currently interning at the UB Post, an English newspaper. The work itself is good, with a lot of freedom. However, if you’re after a social experience I would suggest going elsewhere. Settling in alone in UB is hard, but social media makes it easier. UB is not a city I would visit if it wasn’t for this program, it offers little and when you’re in Mongolia you should try leaving the city as much as you can. I have only visited the nearby national parks, but every time I leave the city I get a little happier.”