Global Nomadic

Restoration and Renovation Placement

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia show on map

Agency | Global Nomadic

Learn about building infrastructure in Mongolia, whilst enhancing people’s living conditions.

The project

The restoration and renovation project aims to build and renovate buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the local community. It allows you to travel to remote villages and assist with setting up basic infrastructure facilities. You can contribute to improving living conditions for local families by relieving some of the stress and pressure that they endure. The work includes developing and building schools, public facilities, recreational centres and participating in restoring and renovating old schools and institutions. You may join ongoing and already existing projects depending on the needs of the community. With the guidance and training of a local coordinator, you will work alongside local families and other project participants. The project requires hard physical and manual labour while you are laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles and landscaping/gardening.

As a part of this project you will experience an ancient culture and participate in novel ways of helping in developing the local infrastructure of village communities.

The location

Mongolia, the world’s most sparsely populated fully sovereign country in the world, is landlocked between China and Russia and covers approximately the same territory as the historical Outer Mongolia. It is a very safe country to visit and one of the world’s last undiscovered travel destinations. Greeted by the traditional hospitality of the local nomads, you can experience forests, deserts, blue skies, crystal clear rivers, lakes and vast open-air spaces. The country’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, is a beautiful city of contrasts which vibrates with life. It is the largest city and home to almost half of the country’s total population which is dispersed at 1.7 people per km². Now settled at the junction of the Tuul and Selbe rivers, the city was founded in the 17th century as a nomadic Buddhist monastic centre. It is a major manufacturing centre and since the transition of the country to market economy it has witnessed significant growth.

Known as the "Land of the Eternal Blue Sky" or "Country of Blue Sky" because of its sunny days during most of the year, Mongolia enchants travellers with its majestic vast empty spaces and nature. The highly continental climate combines warm summers with dry, very cold long winters. From November to March the temperature stays below zero and winter nights with -40°C are common. In the summers, extremes can reach +40°C in the Gobi Desert and +33°C in Ulaanbaatar. In many regions of the country monthly temperature variations of 45°C are common.

Typical day

On Monday and Tuesday during your first week you will get to know Mongolia, learn basic skills to communicate with the local people, go sightseeing and walk through the ancient bazaars with their enchanting sounds and colours. Starting on Wednesday after breakfast you will begin planning the project together with your assigned coordinator. After you receive all needed information and you have finished planning the project you will leave to work at the location. Once your work day is done, you will return to the centre to attend a meeting where you can provide feedback on your first day. On Thursday and Friday your day will begin early as you will be taken to the project site and will start with your assigned tasks for the day. After lunch, in the afternoon, you will work at the community location where you will continue with construction and renovation activities.

Starting your second week your typical day will begin at 9:00 a.m with lunch served between 12:30 p.m to 1:00 p.m. You will participate in various restoration and renovation activities.

Details on Arrival

This project is only available from mid-May to mid-August, due to the weather.

Free-time activities

In the midst of the mongolian steppe, the best way to get around is by horseback, exploring their amazing culture and peoples first hand.

Hiking
Sports
Riding

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
Necessary vaccinations and flight & visas. Full travel & medical insurance.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A significant amount of physical fitness and readiness to get your hands dirty is required due to the active nature of the project which includes working hard under sometimes hot and difficult conditions.
Be a team member and be cooperative with local coordinators and other participants.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Global Nomadic
  • food
  • accommodation
  • airport pickup from Siem Reap
  • orientation
  • in-country support
  • project activities.
Airport Pickup at Chinggis Khaan International Airport
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by a project representative and taken to the project HQ.
Accommodation

During your project you will stay in a standard apartment house in Ulaanbaatar. You will experience a typical home environment and will share a single-gender room with 6-7 other participants. The bathrooms are shared and there are hot showers. The rooms are not lockable but you can use a safety box for any valuables you would prefer kept safe. Bed linens are provided; however, you need to bring your own towels. Please note that there is no laundry machine in the house however you can use a local launderette for an extra cost.

Within a two kilometer radius you can find a supermarket, a laundromat, a salon, a cinema, ATM, money exchange, a sim card shop and photocopy shops.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Three meals per day are provided during the week and two meals at the weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Asian food including mainly vegetarian dishes such as rice and vegetables. Twice a week you can expect to be served a chicken dish and you can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself. There are also local restaurants to explore if you wish.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN) in Ulaanbaatar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mongolia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Mongolia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Mongolia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mongolia.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$900.00
3 weeks
$1,350.00
4 weeks
$1,800.00
5 weeks
$2,250.00
7 weeks
$3,150.00
9 weeks
$4,050.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$10,800.00
Average fees
$450.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Mongolia.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia Eastern Asia Mongolia  Ulaanbaatar, N/a

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