An intern working with a child during her Social Work internship in Mongolia

Social Work Internship in Mongolia

Gain practical social work experience and expand your knowledge alongside professional social workers

Join us on a Social Work internship in Mongolia and gain work experience by shadowing and assisting social workers and caregivers. You’ll work in centres for children with learning disabilities, public schools, or at a local NGO. You'll learn directly from experienced social workers, and get an insight into the challenges they face.


You’ll be given a number of opportunities to take part in research work, help with campaigns or presentations, and to share your knowledge from back home. This is a different and interesting way to fulfill requirements for your degree.


You’ll live and work in Ulaanbaatar, and stay with a local host family. Weekends and free time are yours to explore your host city and the rest of the country.  


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.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Four Weeks

Placement Location:

Ulaanbaatar (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join
You should have completed at least two years of social work related studies or training.

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • 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?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

An intern working with a child during her Social Work internship in Mongolia

Is a Social Work internship in Mongolia right for me?

This Social Work internship in Mongolia is perfect for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge while helping others. To qualify for this internship, you need to have completed at least two years of completed social work studies. 


You will gain invaluable experience while working with professional staff and qualified social workers. You’ll see the skills and techniques practised in a developing country. This will give your current knowledge a global perspective.


This internship will boost your CV and give you a deeper understanding of social work. You’ll also get a deeper insight into the challenges social workers face in developing countries. This will help you stand out in applications, and give you interesting points to talk about in interviews or essays.


This internship is available all year round, so you can join whenever it suits your schedule. You should stay for a minimum of four weeks, but we recommend staying longer to get the most out of your placement.

What will I do as a Social Work intern in Mongolia?

You will work in centres for children with learning disabilities, in public schools, or with local NGOs, under the supervision of a social worker. Your work will focus mainly on the following tasks:


  • Gain social work experience in Mongolia by working alongside professionals
  • Help run awareness campaigns, projects, or workshops
  • Research, evaluate and offer solutions to the challenges facing your placement

Your work will be split into three areas:


Gain social work experience in Mongolia by working alongside professionals


You have the opportunity to apply your studies to real life cases, and learn directly from local social workers. This is also a chance to share what you’ve learnt from your studies with them, and see how or if it applies to Mongolia. You’ll observe as a social worker evaluates a child, or as they use art therapy to help people who suffer from depression.


Help run awareness campaigns, projects or workshops


One of your main roles at your Social Work placement in Mongolia is to to be an extra pair of hands in daily activities. You’ll do this by running an anti-bullying programme at a school, or creating handbooks and education materials on art therapy to reduce stress.


You may also be asked to simply play with children, or help caregivers at your placement. We encourage you to take initiative, ask what needs to be done, and be helpful.


Research, evaluate, and offer solutions to the challenges facing your placement


Depending on your placement, you may be asked to undertake research during your time in Mongolia. This is the perfect opportunity to delve into topics you’re interested in. Speak to your supervisor and the Projects Abroad staff about what kind of research will benefit your placement. You can suggest topics focusing on children, adults, families, or how your placement can operate better.

Where in Mongolia will I work?

Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar Description

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Mongolia Arrival Procedures page.

An intern works on a colouring activity during her Social Work internship in Mongolia

A typical day as a Social Work intern in Mongolia

You will start each day of your social work internship in Mongolia with your host family. You’ll eat breakfast with the family and get to know them. Dressed smartly, you’ll make your way to your placement.


Depending on how far your social work placement is, you’ll take a bus, walk, or use a trolleybus. Projects Abroad staff will show you how to use public transport and how to get around during your induction.


A typical day in Mongolia will run from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.


At your placement, you will have a supervisor who will guide your tasks. Depending on where you are, you can use the mornings to plan, or you’ll assist your supervisor. You may be asked to:


  • Create workshops
  • Put together presentations
  • Help with awareness campaigns
  • Set aside time for quality research tasks


Free time and weekends in Mongolia are yours! Plan to meet and learn more about nomad families, plan a trip to Terelj National Park, or visit the Gobi Desert. You can also explore local attractions in Ulaanbaatar with other volunteers or interns, or relax at your host family home.

A Projects Abroad intern runs an activity as part of her Social Work internship in Mongolia

What are the aims and impact of Social Work in Mongolia?

The aim of this project is to give you practical work experience, while providing staff with an extra pair of helping hands. You will also gain a deeper insight into how a developing country’s social work system works.


Mongolia may have shifted from communism to a more democratic system, but there are still social challenges facing citizens. These include:


  • Poverty
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcoholism
  • A lack of rights for women or children
  • Human trafficking


Depending on where you work, you will be asked to research and evaluate the main social problems affecting children and people at your placement. For instance, if you work at public school, you will work on anti-bullying programs. These help provide children with a safe schooling environment.


Join our Social Work Internship in Ulaanbaatar and gain invaluable experience while helping us provide care to children who need it most.


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.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Ulaanbaatar. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Mongolia and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

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.

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