Volunteer with children in Mongolia and work in disadvantaged kindergartens or care centres. You'll support teachers and caregivers and focus on early childhood development and English.
Early childhood development is critical for building a solid educational foundation for children. You’ll do this by using games, arts and crafts, sports, and more, to help kids reach development milestones. Everything you do is part of our long-term efforts to help children in Mongolia.
Doing volunteer work with children in Mongolia will give you practical childcare experience, which could be valuable for your future career. You can also choose to work with children who have special needs, if that’s where your interests lie.
You’ll live and work in Ulaanbaatar. You’re bound to have an incredible and memorable experience in the largest city on the vast Mongolian Steppe.
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 16 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)
What will I do on this project?
You'll be based in one of our partner kindergartens or day care centres. You can also work at a placement for children with special needs.
Here’s a glimpse into what you will do:
- Teach children to read, write, and count in English
- Improve the learning environment
- Improve the quality of life for children with special needs
- Encourage best hygiene practices
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Teach children to read, write, and count
A key part of our Childcare Project is to give children the building blocks needed to learn English. You will create fun, engaging and educational activities for the children. You can do things like singing a song about the ABCs, or using a rhyme with gestures to count from one to 10.
This time is perfect to also observe the progress of each child, which is part of your role. You will note areas of improvement and areas that need work. These observations will be added to our Global Impact Database which monitors each child’s progress.
Improve the learning environment
When they are young, the social, physical and cognitive development of children is crucial. You will focus on boosting these areas through games, activities, and a colourful environment.
Put crayons to good use as you make flashcards, or intricately piece together recycled items to create a mobile of our galaxy. Well-thought-out activities like these will stimulate a child’s brain, and encourage a love for learning.
The best thing about your efforts? The resources you create will be used by staff and future volunteers long after you’ve left.
Improve the quality of life for children with special needs
You can choose to work with children who have special needs. You will support local caregivers and help teach and look after the children. You will focus on activities like feeding children, teaching basic English, and providing stimulation.
For work at this placement, we will guide and support you as best we can.
Encourage best hygiene practices
Part of your role will involve making sure that all children practice good hygiene every day. They need to brush their teeth properly, and wash their hands before meals and after using the bathroom. You’ll use a hygiene checklist to ensure children are doing everything they’re supposed to.
Where in Mongolia will I be working?
Depending on your interests, you will work at a kindergarten, daycare centre, or a centre for children with special needs.
Some of our kindergartens are understaffed, with about 30 children to one teacher. These placements always need extra hands to assist with daily tasks.
You may also work in a centre for young children with special needs. Many of the children here come from single-parent families. Your help means that single mothers can work during the day, knowing their children are in a safe environment.
You will do volunteer work with children in Mongolia’s largest city, Ulaanbaatar, and live with a local host family. The city is filled with Soviet-style high-rise blocks and traditional tents known as gers. Outside of the city, you’ll find nomadic families scattered across the vast 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.
By the end of my time at the community centre, the younger children could say a few basic phrases and had progressed to the point they could form simple words when we put the sounds together.
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