Volunteer Experience | Teaching

Mongolia: Language & Cultural Exchange

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: £260 GBP 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 alongside local teachers in Mongolia
  • Help run classes for children to advance their English skills
  • Discover the exotic country of Ghengis Khan
We also offer Paid Teach Abroad placements with TEFL training.

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 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.

The project is located in Bayanzurkh District in the outskirts area of Ulaanbaatar, and the beneficiaries love to meet people from overseas and learn different cultures. Teachers, with or without experience, can make very significant and worthwhile contributions to the kids living in the centre. You must love children and understand their behaviour, as you will be surrounded with loads of them everyday and their friendliness can sometimes become over-exuberant, but they are children after all.

The aims & objective is to help the kids grow in their confidence and gather educational support which will help them in many ways in the future.

On this teaching program you will have the opportunity to teach children a variety of English based subjects, in a beautiful Mongolian setting.

The week will consist of preparing lessons and teaching children at a local school. You will also be able to teach a whole class on your own or with other participants at the local school and experience a different lifestyle.

Daily Life

On your first days you will learn about Mongolia and its ancient culture, acquire some basic language skills to communicate with the local people and explore the city’s sights such as the National Museum and the ancient bazaars with their unique sounds and colours. On Wednesday you will begin to teach at the schools starting at 9 a.m. After breakfast you will proceed to the school or the community where the project takes place to meet your coordinators. You will teach the activities planned for the day for 3-4 hours. You will return for lunch at the centre and the afternoon you will spend planning the activities for the following day.

If you decide to continue a second week, your schedule will be similar, starting at 9:00 a.m with teaching the activities planned together with your 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 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 education 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

£260 GBP 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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