Volunteer Experience | Community Development

Mongolia: Restoration and Renovation

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Description

Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks

Start Dates: This project is only available from mid-May to mid-August, due to the weather.

Cost: €375 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:

  • Learn about building infrastructure in Mongolia, whilst enhancing people’s living conditions
  • Experience the exotic and gorgeous Mongolia!
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Introduction

Mongolia, the world’s most sparsely populated fully sovereign country in the world, is landlocked between China and Russia and 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 which is dispersed at 1.7 people per km². Now settled at the junction of the Tuul and Selbe rivers, the city was founded in the 17th century as a nomadic Buddhist monastic centre. It is a major manufacturing centre and since the transition of the country to market economy it has witnessed significant growth.

Known as the “Land of the Eternal Blue Sky” or “Country of Blue Sky” because of its sunny days during most of the year, Mongolia 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 stays 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.

The restoration and renovation project aims to build and renovate buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the local community. It allows you to travel to remote villages and assist with setting up basic infrastructure facilities. You can contribute to improving living conditions for local families by relieving some of the stress and pressure that they endure. The work includes developing and building schools, public facilities, recreational centres and participating in restoring and renovating old schools and institutions. You may join ongoing and already existing projects depending on the needs of the community. With the guidance and training of a local coordinator, you will work alongside local families and other project participants. The project requires hard physical and manual labour while you are laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles and landscaping/gardening.

As a part of this project you will experience an ancient culture and participate in novel ways of helping in developing the local infrastructure of village communities.

Daily Life

On Monday and Tuesday during your first week you will get to know Mongolia, learn basic skills to communicate with the local people, go sightseeing and walk through the ancient bazaars with their enchanting sounds and colours. Starting on Wednesday after breakfast you will begin planning the project together with your assigned coordinator. After you receive all needed information and you have finished planning the project you will leave to work at the location. Once your work day is done, you will return to the centre to attend a meeting where you can provide feedback on your first day. On Thursday and Friday your day will begin early as you will be taken to the project site and will start with your assigned tasks for the day. After lunch, in the afternoon, you will work at the community location where you will continue with construction and renovation activities.

Starting your second week your typical day will begin at 9:00 a.m with lunch served between 12:30 p.m to 1:00 p.m. You will participate in various restoration and renovation activities.

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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, a sim card shop and photocopy shops.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • A significant amount of physical fitness and readiness to get your hands dirty is required due to the active nature of the project which includes working hard under sometimes hot and difficult conditions.
  • Be a team member and be cooperative with local coordinators and other participants.
  • 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

€375 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