This program is subject to changes or cancellation. Official dates are to be decided.
Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Orientation: June 10-11
Midpoint Break: June 24-26
Closing Session: July 9
The Ideal volunteer:
Flexible: Lifestyles are often slower paced than the US and volunteers should be able to handle last minute changes.
Independent: Although there will be school staff at the teaching locations, they are not always available
Accommodating for students: Some Mongolian students are extremely disciplined while others see this as a fun opportunity to improve their English. Do not be surprised if students ask for “extra homework.” Try to find a balance between a fun and serious classroom.
Open to new experiences: Families often take volunteers to the countryside where there is sometimes no running water or electricity. Volunteers should be able to go without Western Amenities for at least one day.
*Although there is no requirement, volunteers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with STEM subjects, SAT, and TOEFL.
LE Mongolia began when a former board member of LE, Niko Canner, pitched the idea of LE Mongolia to Enky Zurgaanjin (LE Mongolia’s current Country Coordinator). In 2012, former Program Director Nhaca Le jumped on the opportunity to run LE Mongolia as a pilot program.
2017 marks the 6th year of this program.
Volunteers will fly into Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and arrive by June 2nd where they will be greeted by their host families. The following two days, volunteers will begin orientation where they will meet the Country Coordinator and the Program Director. Orientation is used to help familiarize volunteers with Mongolian education system, how to create lesson plans, and will allow the volunteers to opportunity to get to know each other. Teaching will begin the morning of June 6th.
The Mid-Point break will be from June 24th-26th and details about the break are TBD. A finalized schedule will be created once volunteers are hired.
Closing session will be held on July 9th once all teaching is complete. Here volunteers will reflect on their recent experience and we will go over ways the program can be improved and how they can continue giving back to the host community or being LE’s ideas into other work. Volunteers may then leave for home or travel with other volunteers.
In Mongolia, volunteers will all live in the capital city, Ulaanbaataar. Students will range in age from elementary school to high school as well as have a varied level of English. Volunteers will live with one of their students, and travel to and from school alongside their host sibling. Ulaanbaatar is a rapidly developing city in a developing country; therefore volunteers should not be surprised to find a variety of ‘western’ as well as Mongolian options for food, shopping, etc. Lifestyles may also be different than what volunteers are used to and should be prepared to deal with some challenges.
Volunteers are encouraged to see all that the city has to offer and to spend time with host families. All volunteers will be living in close proximity to each other within the Capital and are encouraged to work together. It is also a great idea go on the excursions your host family may take you on and to explore the city with host siblings.
LE volunteers will teach at either the Sant School, located in Sukhbaatar District, or in the nearby School No. 1. The Sant School is a private, not-for-profit school that caters to mostly middle and lower-class students where many of the students are on full scholarships and come from nomadic backgrounds. At the Sant School, LE Volunteers will be collectively working with approximately to 100-150 under-served, inner-city students. School No. 1, the oldest public school in Ulaanbaatar that serves around 2,000 students from K-12. During their stay in Mongolia, volunteers will begin their lessons as the school year ends. Volunteer will teach classes of about 20-30 students in secondary school with some previous English instruction.
Volunteers will also be asked to conduct an after school activity specific to their own set of skills. These after school activities will be held 2-3 times a week for approximately one hour after school. Volunteers may teach a variety of subjects from art to physics to computer programming to another language.