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.
These programs are ideal for medical or healthcare science students looking for a practicum experience abroad. As a practicum student, learning comes to life as you observe doctors and participate in healthcare outreaches. You’ll get a first-hand insight into medical practices in developing countries and actively learn from professionals in the field.
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.
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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