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Mongolia Building Homes for Underprivileged Families

Mongolia Building Homes for Underprivileged Families

Immerse yourself in the laid back Mongolian way of life whilst making a real difference to the lives of local people and work closely with the Mongolian people to improve their standards of living.

Prices from $1,145

Mongolia, home to epic landscapes ranging from the Gobi Desert to the snow-capped mountains of Bayan-Ölgi, and the dramatic windswept plains of the steppe, Mongolia has an exceptional amount to offer! Buddhist temples, mysterious ruins, abundant wildlife and legendary hospitality come together in a fantastic and mysterious culture.  

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s rapidly expanding capital is home to thousands of underprivileged families, who suffer from poverty, neglect and poor health. Many of the quickly built structures can be unsafe and exposed to the elements. Help us bring hope to this community by building new homes; you will find the work deeply rewarding as you build up a relationship with the local population and make a tangible difference.

If you want to immerse yourself in the laid back Mongolian way of life whilst making a real difference to the lives of local people, this project is perfect for you. You will have the chance to work closely with Mongolian people and help to improve their standards of living.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain a lifetime of memories
  • Experience Mongolian community life
  • Improve a community’s quality of life

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Mongolia
Activities Construction work
Painting & Decorating
Cleaning
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food (Breakfast & Dinner)
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The aim of this project is to help build houses for underprivileged Mongolian families in need of adequate homes living in Ulaanbaatar’s sprawling suburbs. There are an estimated 780,000 people in Mongolia who live with poor housing conditions and often don’t have adequate sanitation or insulation from cold weather. By working with these projects, you will help to provide better homes for local families and make friends for life in the process. One objective of the programme is to promote cultural exchange on a person-to-person basis which you will ultimately contribute towards throughout your project.

The project is located in the poorest Ger (yurt) District of Ulaanbaatar. You will become part of the community working closely with like-minded fellow volunteers, construction workers and local families, giving your time to help out where necessary. Throughout the project you will meet many welcoming locals and makes lots of new friends; all while expanding and learning about Mongolian culture and its traditions.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

During this hands-on project you will get the chance to help with everything from making sun dried bricks to painting walls and generally rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in. 

A typical working day will be from 10am to 4pm. You will help construct simple, small yet comfortable and safe houses for this humble community. You do not need any special skills to participate in this program, just willingness and enthusiasm to join some hands-on physical work. 

The programme also gives you the chance to travel around the communities you are working in, exploring the country whilst getting to know the people you are helping, who will be hard working and incredibly appreciative of your contribution to their community. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference.

Please note there will be a professional builder on site to supervise and give you directions along the way, so there is no need to worry about your inexperience.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon your arrival at Ulaanbaatar airport you'll be met by a friendly Frontier-Mongolia representative, who will then transport you to your accommodation where you will have the opportunity to rest following your journey.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your placement you will be staying with a local family homestay approximately 45 minutes from central Ulaanbaatar. You will be made to feel welcome by your friendly hosts as you learn about Mongolian culture. You will have a private bedroom, which may be shared with other volunteers, and the accommodation will be clean and comfortable with all the basic facilities. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 2 meals a day and will eat breakfast and dinner alongside your local hosts, enjoying a range of delicious local food. Please note that the Mongolian diet is heavily meat-based and it might be difficult to accommodate vegetarian diets. You will be responsible for arranging your own lunch at your placement, giving you the chance to explore the delicious local diet further!
 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

On weekends you will have the opportunity to visit the main town of Ulaanbaatar city where you can go out, try new cuisines, visit fantastic monasteries, museums and galleries in a place steeped in history. There are plenty to places to explore by horse or camel ride, and after the project further travel around the country is encouraged.

In the evenings, entertainment can be limited so bring along playing cards, books or even musical instruments.
 

COSTS

2 Weeks $1,145

Extra Week $345

DEPARTURE DATE

Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Monday.

This project is not operating during following dates:

1 Jan New Year's Day

26 Feb Bituun (Lunar New Year's Eve)

27 Feb Lunar New Year or Tsagaan Sar (White Moon)

28 Feb Lunar New Year Holiday

1 Mar  Lunar New Year Holiday

8 Mar International Women's Day

1 Jun Mothers' and Children's Day

11 Jul Naadam Holiday

12 Jul Naadam Holiday

13 Jul Naadam Holiday

14 Jul Naadam Holiday

15 Jul Naadam Holiday

31 Oct National Day

29 Dec Thu Independence Day

DURATION

2 Weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

what's included

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food (2 meals per day)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Ulaanbaatar (ULN)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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