Volunteer in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
Mongolia is a large country - about a third the size of Europe - sandwiched between Russia and China on the Asian Steppe. It's a country that conjures up images of far-off lands and a completely different pace of life. This image really is reality, in this land of Genghis Khan and wandering nomadic clans.
Projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
Placements are available in Teaching, Care, Medicine & Healthcare, Journalism, Sports, Law & Human Rights and Business.
If you want to get away from it all you can participate in our Nomad Community Project, on the Mongolian Steppe.
Where we are Based in Mongolia
Projects Abroad Mongolia is based right in the centre of Ulaanabaatar, and most of the projects are based here too. With the majority of our host families and projects being concentrated around the centre of the city, there is a very strong volunteer community here.
Our Nomad project is based around two hours to the west of Ulaanbaatar, out on the vast Mongolian Steppe.
General Information on Mongolia
Mongolia is a destination for adventurers, with a history that encompasses Chinese dynasties and Soviet Communism. It's hard to imagine that this ancient state was once home to the people who ruled the largest empire the world has ever known - at one point stretching from Indonesia right over into Austria! The modern Mongolian is a descendant of Genghis Khan, a son or daughter of the Communist era and is living in a 21st century ancient state where Buddhist priests drive in Japanese jeeps across desert roads to their distant monasteries.
Its unhurried capital city, Ulaanbaatar, has many contrasts. Soviet-style high-rise blocks sit alongside traditional tents - known as gers - which are dotted around the city. Modern businesses thrive, while Mongolians walk the streets in traditional dress. Around a third of Mongolians belong to nomadic or semi-nomadic herding tribes, and away from the capital the lifestyle is much the same as it has been for centuries.
There are spectacular sights across Mongolia - from rugged and bio-diverse mountains to the wilderness of the Gobi desert (famed for its dinosaur bones!). It's a land crammed with ancient history and culture, with beautiful monasteries and stunning archaeological finds.
Travel and Tourism in Mongolia
Life in Mongolia is never dull. If you're after a different kind of adventure it's definitely the place to consider. You will be living in one of the world's most remote countries. Once outside of the capital, you will find that 'roads' marked on maps are not really roads and 'settlements' can be small and temporary. If you have a taste for adventure, you will want to explore the remote Altai Mountains and the Gobi desert.
Travel opportunities might take you across the Steppe, where you could stay with a local nomadic tribe in a Ger. The unusual experiences you'll have will really make the trip worthwhile. You may find yourself gathering camel dung to put on the fire! You will certainly be riding horses, and drinking the traditional Mongolia drink airaag, fermented milk which can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
Even in Ulaanbaatar, you will soon realise that it's quite a different kind of capital city. Yes, there are bars and restaurants, but there's a lot of tradition too. Try the local food, especially the mutton. It's also easy to get a quick fix of the country life even while you're based in Ulaanbaatar. The capital is flanked by the 'four holy peaks', with forests and grasslands full of animal and bird life: ideal hiking territory!
Projects available in Mongolia
Get work experience in one of the fastest growing cities in Central Asia Ulaanbaatar. Volunteers can work within business administration, management, finance, construction, IT and more.
Your role as a volunteer will be to assist the local staff with the day-to-day running of care centres in Ulaanbaatar, helping to provide extra care and support for the children.
Volunteers have the opportunity to assist local psychologists at one of our partner psychology treatment centres in Mongolia, which includes a maternity hospital, a cancer hospital, and a counselling service centre.
Live and work on the Mongolian steppe with a Nomadic family. Riding horses and camels, collecting firewood, and living in a traditional ger are all part of daily life in the desert.
Work as an intern for a local newspaper, radio station or TV network. You will find no shortage of topics to report on whilst living in one of the most diverse and fascinating cities in Central Asia Ulaanbaatar.
Take part in research work at local and international NGOs working in the field of human rights in Mongolia. During your internship, you will gain experience in a wide range of human rights issues.
Join our Law internship in Mongolia and gain work experience with international and local clients. Learn more about the legal process working alongside qualified local staff.
Your Medicine Elective placement in Mongolia will be supported by professional local doctors and surgeons. You will be based in a central hospital in Ulaanbaatar.
On this Nursing Elective, you will be based in the capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. You will have the chance to work in various departments, working alongside experienced local staff.
Gain valuable medical work experience at a clinic or hospital in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar. As a volunteer, you will observe skilled local staff, assisting where necessary.
Volunteer alongside dedicated midwives at the State Maternity Hospital in Ulaanbaatar and gain work experience shadowing medical staff and working with expectant mothers.
As a volunteer on a Nursing project, you will be based in Mongolia's capital city, Ulaanbaatar. You will have the chance to observe in various departments, working alongside experienced local staff.
Mongolia is a fascinating country. Volunteering on a Physiotherapy project will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and enjoy the sites of the capital, Ulaanbaatar.
Intern in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and work alongside a qualified social worker to provide assistance and care to people in local communities.
Work to improve the quality of football, basketball and volleyball coaching in local schools in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. Your role will include fitness training and refereeing games.
Volunteer in some of the most poorly resourced schools and language centres in Ulaanbaatar. Your main role will be to assist local teachers and help the students with their conversational English.
Take part in an intensive stand-alone Mongolian language course or sign up for language tuition alongside your regular volunteer placement. Learning a language is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture.
High School Specials for 15 to 18 year olds available in Mongolia
Volunteer with young children in one of the local care centres in Mongolia and spend your time assisting with practical activities and educational games with children and teenagers.
As a Medicine volunteer in Mongolia, you will learn from qualified medical professionals and gain an insight into the healthcare issues affecting the urban and remote communities of this country.
Projects for professionals available in Mongolia
This volunteer business project involves working with various government departments and companies in Ulaanbaatar. You will use your expertise in areas such as secondary exports, tourism, and utilities.
Volunteer in Mongolia and gain experience working in the developing world alongside fellow professionals, exchanging ideas about treatments. Improve your ability to think creatively, and to work with limited resources and across cultural boundaries.