Complete a medicine internship in Mongolia and use the experience to launch your medical career.
You will shadow doctors and nurses in hospitals or clinics. Wearing your scrubs, you’ll follow them on their rounds and rotate through departments like cardiology or neurology. This is a chance for you to get an insight into a developing country’s medical practices. We’ll also teach you how to diagnose and treat the diseases and conditions you’ll see.
You’ll also get practical work experience doing health checks during monthly outreaches in disadvantaged areas.
You will live and work in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. Use this time to explore Mongolia’s vast lands, meet nomads, wander through a temple, or simply spend time with your host family.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 18 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Medical Electives for Students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
What will I do on this project?
Based in a hospital or clinic, you will have a lot to do for the duration of your medical internship in Mongolia. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to get involved with:
- Shadow doctors and observe daily routines
- Rotate through a variety of departments
- Help staff during community outreach activities
Your work will be split into three areas:
Shadow Mongolian doctors and observe daily routines
Take notes, ask questions, and get to know the dedicated professionals who work to help, improve and save lives. Through active observations, you will build relationships with your supervising doctor, and tap into a wealth of medical knowledge! You also have an opportunity to observe surgeries.
Rotate through a variety of departments
To really know what medical specialisation you’re interested in, you need to explore your options. You will rotate through medical departments like cardiology, neurology, the intensive care unit, or general surgery. This is a wonderful way to fully explore the medical facilities and practises of a developing country.
Help staff during community outreach activities
Every month, we organise a community outreach. These outreaches are held at a community centre and focus on providing healthcare to homeless people. Here, you’ll help distribute meals to people in attendance, assist the doctor on duty, and distribute medication to people. You’ll get some practical experience by helping to record blood pressure readings or check the weight/height of patients.
The doctor on duty will supervise you, and answer any questions you have.
Where in Mongolia will I be working?
You will live in the country’s largest metropolis, Ulaanbaatar, and work in a hospital or clinic. All medical interns also take part in monthly outreaches held at a community centre.
Mongolia is a large country and shares borders with Russia and China. Most of the country is a vast open plain traversed by nomads.
In your free time, wander city streets, take note of the Soviet-style high-rise blocks, or speak to families who live in gers – traditional tents. Or, get away from the city, and travel for about two hours to visit nomads on the Mongolian Steppe.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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.
I wanted to do some volunteering to build a stronger resume to fulfill my future goals of getting into medical school. In order to get into medical school, you have to have so many hours of shadowing physicians and this is where my journey with Projects Abroad in Mongolia began.
Medicine Internship in Mongolia
I was exposed to a whole variety of operations, some of which I was new to. I am proud to say that I witnessed the first ever embolisation procedure done under radiological guidance in Mongolia.
Live and Work with Nomads in Mongolia, Medicine Internship in Mongolia
Meet the team in Mongolia
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