Restoration & Renovation

Ulaanbaatar - Mongolia

Restoration & Renovation

Ulaanbaatar - Mongolia

Only 360€ per week!

Visit Mongolia and experience its ancient culture and take part in this noble way of helping in developing the local infrastructure for village communities.

The project will be a rewarding experience to travel to remote villages and help set-up basic infrastructure facilities in the villages and smaller towns. You will be part of our team to help in restoring and renovating schools, public facilities, recreational centers, etc.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand





Program Description

The restoration and renovation project supports small village communities in and around Ulaanbaatar. It aims to restore, renovate buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the local community. We generally work on schools, centres, playgrounds and public libraries and support local families by improving living conditions. Our project helps relieve them of some of the stress and pressure that they are living under. Participants work under a local foreman (coordinator) who provides guidance and training alongside local families and other participants. The project involves physical labor, as you would be participating in laying bricks, carpentry, painting, laying tiles, and landscaping/gardening.

All information about the project and various activities will be provided to you 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.

Aims & Objectives

It aims to build and renovate buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the local community.

Schedule

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. 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.

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

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • Due to the active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • You should be interested in working hard sometimes under hot and difficult conditions and getting your hands dirty.

Additional Equipment

  • Casual dress is appropriate when you are working at school premises.

Location

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.

About the Accommodation

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

Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

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.

Facilities

Supermarket, Salon, Laundromat, cinema, money exchange, ATM, sim card shop, and photocopy shops are all located within a 2 kilometers radius.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There are plenty to do around Ulaanbaatar, such Dinosaur Museum, Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, Zaisan Memorial etc

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Mongolia

Population: 3.08 million

Capital: Ulaanbaatar or Ulan Bator

Language: Mongolian

Currency: Tugrik (

Time zone: MST (UTC +7/+8). MST (UTC +8/+9) in Summer

Country Information

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.

Climate

Mongolia’s climate can be described as highly continental dominated climate with warm summers and long, dry and very cold winters. Known as "the land of blue sky", Mongolia is a very sunny country and has usually about 250 sunny days a year. The country has the world's most typical continental climate with extreme diurnal and annual ranges of temperature. Average temperature in most of the country is below zero from November to March and close to it in April and October. Winter nights of -40°C are common most years (minimum recorded -55°C at lake Uvs). Summer extremes reach as high as +40°C in the Gobi Desert and +33°C in the capital Ulaanbaatar. Monthly temperature variations of +45°C and more are not uncommon in many regions of Mongolia.

Required clothing:

Lightweight clothes are advised for the summer months, Medium- to heavyweight is necessary during the winter. Be prepared for very low temperatures, -30°C and lower! Wherever you go, take a sweater for cool evenings, the difference between maxima and minima can vary greatly.

The climate of Mongolia can be classified as Dwc climate; a snow climate with dry winters, less than four months above 10°C and the coldest month lower than -3°C. The southern parts and the Gobi Desert have a BWk climate, a cold desert climate with an annual average temperature lower than 18°C.

Appropriate clothing

Lightweight clothes are advised for the summer months, Medium- to heavyweight is necessary during the winter. Be prepared for very low temperatures, -30°C and lower! Wherever you go, take a sweater for cool evenings, the difference between maxima and minima can vary greatly.

Culture

The Culture of Mongolia has been heavily influenced by the Mongol nomadic way of life. Other important influences are from Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, and from China. Since the 20th century, Russian and, via Russia, European cultures have had a strong effect on Mongolia.

Since ancient times Tengrism was the dominant belief system of the Mongols and still retains significant importance in their mythology. During the era of the Great Khan, Mongolia practiced freedom of worship and is still a defining element of the Mongol character. In the 17th century, Tibetan Buddhism became the dominant religion in Mongolia. Traditional Shamanism was, except in some remote regions, suppressed and marginalized. On the other hand, a number of shamanic practices, like voodoo worshiping, were incorporated into Buddhist liturgy.

Transportation

By Flight

Flying maybe the most practical way of reaching Ulaanbaatar from Beijing, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Moscow, Seoul or Tokyo.

By Train

The Trans-Mongolian Line of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway links Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar with Moscow and Vladivostok, Russia and Beijing, China.

From Russia

The Trans-Mongolian train crosses the Russia/Mongolia border at the town of Naushki, Russia.

You can book one way elektrichka (regional train) tickets from Irkutsk or Ulan Ude to Naushki. In Naushki. From there, it is possible to take a marshrutka to the land border crossing town of Kyakhta, Russia. Walking across the border is prohibited, but travelers have no problems arranging for Mongolia bound cars to take them across the border, for a small fee. Upon crossing into Mongolia it is relatively easy to hitchhike, taxi, or bus to Sukhbaatar or Ulaanbaatar, as all southbound traffic is headed towards those cities.

From the West, from Russia, it is possible to cross at the land border in Tsagaannuur. There are daily petrol and wheat-carrying Russian Kamaz trucks headed to Olgii and it is possible to hitchhike to Tsagaannuur or even Olgii. Regular buses and marshrutkas also operate from the border, though service is unpredictable due to the lack of a schedule.

From China

Trans Mongolian Railway

2nd class (hard sleeper) costs about US$200 (Mar 2011) from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar. The ride takes almost 30 hours, but you are given a berth in a sleeper-car. The train leaves twice per week from Beijing. As of Mar 2011, tickets cannot be purchased from the Beijing station. Instead you will be directed to the China International Tour Service (CITS) office at 2nd floor of the Beijing International Hotel (10 min. walk north of the station, large, white building).

Local Trains

Beijing to the border: If the Beijing – Ulaanbaatar train is sold out, as seems to be common, or you need a more frequent option, you can make your way from Beijing to the border at Erlian by local train as described below, and then on to Ulaanbaatar by bus and train.

Trains run daily from Beijing to Jining (Inner Mongolia) or Hohhot. You can change there for a train to the border town of Erlian near the Mongolian-Chinese border. The K89 leaves Beijing in the morning and arrives at Jining in the evening. Jining has many hotels near the train station and has karaoke bars to keep you entertained while you wait. From Jining to Erlian there is a slow train that leaves in the morning, passes the great wall multiple times, and arrives in the early evening. For up to date train times and costs see China Guide. Note that this will take a night longer than getting the sleeper bus as described in "By Bus".

Crossing the border

Be wary of scams at the border where people in uniform will attempt to sell you "required travel insurance." There is no such thing and you can safely ignore them.

You should then cross the border from Erlian in China to Zamiin-Uud in Mongolia as described in Erlian to and from Mongolia.

In Erlian you can cross the border in a Jeep or by Bus. The bus goes every day. In the bus station look for the international ticket window.

Once in Zamin-Uud, the only option is the train.

From the border to Ulaanbaatar

Once you have crossed the border, you will need to get from Zamiin-Uud to Ulaanbaatar.

By Bus

From Beijing

From Beijing to Erlian by bus costs 180 RMB and takes 12 hrs. Several buses leave different bus stations in Beijing bound for Erlian:

Once you've got to Erlian you should then follow the Crossing the border and From the border to Ulaanbaatar steps above.

From Russia

A daily bus goes from Ulan-Ude to Ulaanbaatar. The ticket is priced at 1500 Roubles (As of July, 2015) but it is better to take help of various tour companies which can buy the tickets for you. The tickets bear your name and Passport number so may be used for visa purpose as well. The companies may charge anywhere between 1700 Roubles to 1900 Roubles for each ticket.

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