Volunteer Experience | Community Development

Mongolia: Health Care Education

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Description

Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks

Start Dates: This project is ongoing and runs all year. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €325 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Benefits:

  • Teach first aid and healthcare habits for a better present and future
  • Run checkup clinics for local children and adults
  • Discover the exotic country of Ghengis Khan
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Introduction

Mongolia is the world’s most sparsely populated independent country in the world with 1.7 people per km². Landlocked between China and Russia, it covers approximately the same territory as the historical Outer Mongolia. It is a very safe country to visit and one of the world’s last undiscovered travel destinations. Greeted by the traditional hospitality of the local nomads, you can experience forests, deserts, blue skies, crystal clear rivers, lakes and vast open-air spaces. The country’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, is a beautiful city of contrasts which vibrates with life. It is the largest city and home to almost half of the country’s total population. After being moved several times, the city, which was founded in the 17th century as a nomadic Buddhist monastic centre, is now settled at the junction of the Tuul and Selbe rivers. It is a major manufacturing centre and since the transition of the country to market economy it has witnessed significant growth.

Mongolia is known as the “Land of the Eternal Blue Sky” or “Country of Blue Sky” because of its sunny days during most of the year and it enchants travellers with its majestic vast empty spaces and nature. The highly continental climate combines warm summers with dry, very cold long winters. From November to March the temperature is below zero and winter nights with -40°C are common. In the summers, extremes can reach +40°C in the Gobi Desert and +33°C in Ulaanbaatar. In many regions of the country monthly temperature variations of 45°C are common.

This healthcare education project is in its infancy and its aim is to help provide basic healthcare education and awareness and to conduct health campaigns and health checks. It is suitable for both established medical and healthcare professionals as well as those interested in teaching basic first aid and hygiene – no matter your experience your contribution will be highly valued. As a medical professional you can also contribute with ideas for the development of the project. Qualified professionals are needed to conduct health camps and dental checkups and volunteers are needed for educating people and especially children in the areas of basic first aid and personal hygiene habits such as washing hands, brushing teeth and general cleanliness. An adequate level of information can prevent many avoidable health problems and easily communicable diseases.

As a part of this project you will experience an ancient culture and contribute to providing healthcare awareness and education. Get involved in teaching children and the local village communities about good hygiene and food habits and the importance of maintaining a good level of cleanliness.

Daily Life

On Monday of your first week you will explore Mongolia and learn about its ancient culture, learn basic language skills in order to communicate with the local people, go sightseeing and walk around the ancient bazaars to experience their sounds and colours.

From Wednesday on you will be engaged in the various healthcare programs at the schools. Your day will start at 9:00 a.m after you have had breakfast. You will go by bus to the school or the community where the project will take place to meet the coordinators. For 3-4 hours, you will teach the planned activities for that morning. A typical Mongolian lunch will be served at the centre at noon and in the afternoon you will be able to plan the activities for the next day. All days of the week will follow the same 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m schedule and the activities will differ according to your plan and the input of the coordinator.

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Travel and Accommodation

During your project you will stay in a standard apartment house in Ulaanbaatar. You will experience a typical home environment and will share a single-gender room with 6-7 other participants. The bathrooms are shared and there are hot showers. The rooms are not lockable but you can use a safety box for any valuables you would prefer kept safe. Bed linens are provided; however, you need to bring your own towels. Please note that there is no laundry machine in the house however you can use a local launderette for an extra cost.

Three meals per day are provided during the week and two meals at the weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Asian food including mainly vegetarian dishes such as rice and vegetables. Twice a week you can expect to be served a chicken dish and you can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself. There are also local restaurants to explore if you wish.

Within a two kilometer radius you can find a supermarket, a laundromat, a salon, a cinema, ATM, money exchange, sim card shop and photocopy shops.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • Interest and motivation to work in healthcare and with children
  • Necessary vaccinations, flight & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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Costs

€325 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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Note: Map coordinates are approximate