What will I do on this project?
In Mongolia, you can work at a busy radio station, in a print newsroom, or at a privately owned television station. You will work on tasks that include:
- Pitch researched story ideas to your editor or producer during team meetings
- Conduct interviews with locals or experts in the field
- Help staff edit or produce content for the publication or station
- Boost your journalism and marketing skills
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Pitch researched story ideas to your editor or producer during team meetings
After a period of observation and learning from the journalists, you’ll be given an opportunity to pitch story ideas. You will need to research your ideas and make sure the story has good sources and a good structure. During meetings, you will chat with your editor or producer about it. They will help tweak the idea and get you started on it. The stronger your idea, and the more proactive you are, the more stories you may get published or broadcasted!
Conduct interviews with locals or experts in the field
The more initiative you show, the quicker you’ll be given the green light to go out and conduct interviews. Interviewing is an art, so you’ll also have the chance to shadow journalists during their interviews before doing your own. Learn from them, ask questions, and take notes. You will then be able to use these skills when running your own interviews.
Help staff edit or produce content for the publication or station
Part of your work will involve assisting with the editing of text for print and scripts for radio and TV broadcasts. This is a great way to practice or learn editing skills. You can also get involved in technical editing for audio and film.
Boost your journalism and marketing skills
Journalists, photographers, and other media professionals bring newspapers, magazines, TV shows, and radio broadcasts to life everyday. On this internship, you will be right in the thick of things, actively learning about journalism from professionals. You’ll gain insight into what’s needed to promote shows and articles, and learn how to moderate or engage with an online community.
Where will I be working in Mongolia?
Depending on your interests, you have the option of working at one of the following placements: radio, television, or print.
All of our journalism placements in Mongolia are based in Ulaanbaatar. You will live and work here for the duration of your time abroad. On arrival, you’ll move in with a host family based in the city.
Over a weekend, you can wander city streets, taking in the Soviet-style high-rise blocks and traditional tents known as gers. Or get away from the city, and travel for about two hours to visit nomads on the Mongolian Steppe. Use your free time to blog, or keep detailed notes in a travel journal to chronicle your journey in Mongolia in your own words.
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.
Meet the team in Mongolia
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