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Darkhan, Mongolia

July 19, 2013 to August 3, 2013

Have you ever wanted to visit the Land of Blue Sky and helping families better their lives? This Global Village trip to Mongolia will offer a unique cultural immersion experience to work side-by-side with the community, make lifelong friendships, and contribute in helping a family build a decent place to live. You will feel a sense of global community, personal enrichment and accomplishment while exploring Mongolia’s unspoiled natural beauty and charm. Please join us in an unforgettable build while we work, connect and laugh. No construction experience is required.



About Mongolia
Mongolia is characterized by a cool climate, mountains, vast semi-desert and desert plains. It has significant daily and seasonal temperature ranges. Mongolia is located in northern Asia, between China and Russia.

Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia and is located in a valley between three mountains. Ulaanbaatar has more than 1 million inhabitants, which is close to half the country’s population. The capital is growing rapidly, because many nomadic families try to find their luck in the capital after harsh winters have killed their animals.

About Habitat for Humanity Mongolia
HFH Mongolia was set up in 1999 to address the need for decent and affordable housing. It has affiliates operating in Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan and Edernet, and two program centers in Tsetserleg and Arvaikheer. Starting in July 2007, five new program centers were set up in Bagakhangai, Baganuur, Khakhorin, Nalaikh and Zuunmod.

Faced with the challenge of constructing houses suitable to the cold climate, Habitat houses will be built in the Mongolian style, employing traditional materials and method. Walls are wood with an exterior brick veneer and concrete tile roof. A large brick stove centrally located in the house will provide heating. Windows are of a Mongolian design with two glazed panels, and an enclosed porch will be added to help preserve heat.

For more information about Habitat, visit the Habitat Mongolia website.

Types of construction for volunteers
A typical Habitat home in Mongolia measures up to 36 square meters in size and is constructed with bricks or concrete blocks, wood, concrete roof sheeting and Styrofoam for insulation against the harsh winter. Toilets are built separately. Construction usually takes about 20 days, though building is only possible from May to October each year.

Typical jobs for volunteers consist of mixing cement, laying blocks/breaks, painting, hammering, digging, carrying bricks and fixing wall paper and Styrofoam on walls and screwing on gypsum boards on wall and ceilings.

Standard itinerary
(16-day itinerary)
Day 1 (Friday, July 19): Depart for Mongolia.
Day 2 (Saturday, July 20) Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, July 21): Arrival in Ulaanbaatar City; overnight stay.
Day 4 (Monday July 22): Travel to Darkhan; orientation with local staff member; visit project sites and families; welcome dinner.
Days 5-8 (Tuesday-Friday, July 23 - 26): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 9- 10 (Saturday –Sunday, July 27 - 28): Free day; activity in local community and sightseeing.
Days 11-14 (Monday- Thursday, July 29 –August 1): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities; farewell with community.
Day 15 (Friday, August 2): Travel to Ulaanbaatar City; free time; overnight stay.
Day 16 (Saturday August 3): Departure day.

Teams to Mongolia usually stay in a modest hotel, with participants sharing double-occupancy rooms and shared baths. Breakfast is usually prepared by the team and taken at the hotel or may be taken at a local restaurant. Lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on site. Dinner is usually taken at a local restaurant. Meals typically include meat. Mongolian, Russian and Chinese foods are available.

Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!

Team leader – Thai Nguyen
Thai has led international projects for small nonprofits in the past and is thrilled to lead his first Global Village to Mongolia. His unbelievable experience as a GV member in Zambia gave him the desire to be a team leader for GV. His international travel experience is vast, by his guess, 40-45 countries. He lives in the San Francisco area, works as a photographer and drinks from the half-full cup of life with much love and laughter. If you’re flexible, team-oriented and enjoy working hard while traveling with a purpose or just have questions about this trip, please contact Thai at

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