Trip Details

The gap year venture restoration and renovation project supports small village communities in and around Ulaanbaatar. It aims to build and renovate buildings essential for the growth and development of the local community.

We generally work on schools, centres, playgrounds and public libraries in order to support local families by improving their living conditions. Our project helps relieve them of some of the stress and pressure they are living under.

Participants work under a local foreman (co-ordinator) who provides guidance and training for local families and volunteers. The project involves hard physical and manual labour, since you will be building bricks, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles, and doing some landscaping and gardening.

All information about the project and various activities will be provided by our local coordinator on arrival. Participants will not be given project preference and are required to join ongoing and existing projects or carry out other construction and renovation work as required by the local community.

Trip Itinerary

Week 1
Monday to Tuesday
Experience exotic Mongolia, learn basic language skills to communicate with local Mongolian people, get to know about their ancient culture, visit the Chinggis Square and National Museum, and walk through ancient bazaars to capture the sounds, light and colors.

Wednesday to Friday
On Wednesday, you will start planning the project with the coordinator assigned to you,after having breakfast. Once you plan the project and receive the relevant information, you will leave to work at the community location. Once your work for the day is completed, you can then return to the center and attend a meeting where you can provide feedback regarding the first day at your placement.

On Thursday and Friday your day will begin a bit early. You will be taken to our project site and assigned with particular tasks for the day. A coordinator support will be around you during the project. Then in the afternoon after lunch, you will work at the community location where you will continue with construction and renovation activities.

Week 2 & Onwards
Monday to Friday
From your second week onwards, you will take part in various restoration and renovation activities planned by us through our coordinator. A typical day would begin at 09:00. Lunch will be served between 12:30 to 13:00. After lunch, you will continue with your assignment at the renovation site.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances***

Trip Accommodation

Mongolia is truly one of the world’s last undiscovered travel destinations and the safest country to visit. It is a land where you can experience wide-open spaces, cobalt blue skies, forests, deserts, crystal clear rivers and lakes, and the traditional hospitality of the nomads.

Ulaanbaatar the capital is a beautiful city offering big contrasts, one minute you’re dodging the path of a Hummer H2 and the next you’re mystified by groaning Buddhist monks at Gandan Khiid. It’s a wild place that bursts into life after slumbering through a long winter. This ever-changing city may be the biggest surprise of your Mongolian adventure.

Accommodation & Food

Accommodation is a standard apartment house in the city of Ulaanbaatar. This is one of the typical homes.

6-8 people per room on a single-gender basis.
WiFi in public areas
Food Arrangements
The meals are a mix of Western and Asian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants. There is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

Three meals on weekdays and two on weekends.

Facilities
Supermarket, Salon, Laundromat, cinema, Money exchange, ATM, Sim card shops are all located within a 2 kilometers radius

Trip Country Info

Mongolia

Capital: Ulaanbaatar or Ulan Bator
Language: Mongolian
Currency: Tugrik
Time zone: MST (UTC +7/+8). MST (UTC +8/+9) in Summer

Mongolia is a landlocked sovereign state in East Asia between China and Russia. Its area is roughly equivalent with the historical territory of Outer Mongolia. With only 1.7 people per km², Mongolia has the lowest population density among all independent countries in the world, and it is this vast and majestic emptiness that is bringing the traveller, as it does, into a close communion with nature and its nomadic inhabitants. Ulaanbaatar or Ulan Bator is Mongolia’s capital and largest city. The city is not part of any aimag (province), and its population as of 2015 was over 1.4 million; almost half of the country’s total population. The city was founded in 1639 as a nomadic Buddhist monastic centre. In 1778, it settled permanently at its present location, the junction of the Tuul and Selbe rivers. The Mongolian capital elicits as much shock as it does excitement.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa