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Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia

September 14, 2013 to September 28, 2013

Are you looking for a great reason to travel, make everlasting friendships and have fun? Take an unforgettable journey to Mongolia and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity as a member of our Global Village team! Join us as we work at a local affiliate and enjoy the people, culture and beauty of a country still to be discovered by mainstream travelers.

This Global Village trip will be an amazing adventure where you can immerse yourself in Mongolian culture and work side by side with local families to help build affordable and decent housing. Join us in building homes, relationships and making new friends from around the world instead of just traveling as a tourist. No previous construction skill or experience is necessary, just an open mind to accept other cultures, flexibility and a lively sense of humour! I promise you an experience of a lifetime.

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
(15-day itinerary)
Day 1-  Saturday Sept. 14: Depart for Mongolia.
Day 2 - Sunday Sept. 15: Travel day.
Day 3 - Monday Sept. 16: Arrival in Ulaabaatar City; welcome dinner; free time.
Days 4-7 - Tuesday–Friday Sept. 17-20: Work days -  Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 8-9 - Saturday and Sunday Sept. 21-22: Free days and local site seeing.
Days 10-14 - Monday-Friday Sept. 23-27: Work days - 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 15 - Saturday Sept. 28: Depart Mongolia or post trip R & R.

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
Alaine Bunce is excited to be leading this Global Village trip to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Alaine lives in Cambridgeshire, England, and is a social housing officer, so Habitat fits in well with the day job! Alaine has been on many GV trips both as a team member and as trip leader.

Alaine is excited to share this experience and hopes to recruit a team of service-minded, fun-loving, adventurous folks to build in the wonderful country of Mongolia. If you are interested in joining this incredible opportunity in Mongolia, please email Alaine at

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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