Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia
Please plan to join us on our exciting trip to Mongolia. We’ll be building a simple, decent home for a deserving and pre-qualified family. You'll be traveling with 12-15 enthusiastic, idealistic, adventurous and like-minded volunteers as we explore the culture, music, food and language of 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 Web site.
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 wallpaper and Styrofoam on walls and screwing on gypsum boards on wall and ceilings.
Day 1 (Saturday): Depart the United States.
Day 2 (Sunday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday): Arrival in Ulaabaatar City; welcome dinner; free time.
Days 4-7 (Work days, Tuesday-Friday): 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.
Days 8-9 (Saturday -Sunday): Free day and local site seeing.
Days 10-14 (Work days, Monday- Friday): 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): 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.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Roger Krapfl has been an active Habitat volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver since 1991. He served as president of the board of directors of Habitat in Denver, Colorado, for six years. He’s led trips to Nepal, Vietnam, Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan and Malawi and has traveled throughout South and Central America, Europe, Russia, China and Japan. As a Peace Corps volunteer, and later as president of a building materials company, Roger had the opportunity to live in and travel to many countries which gave him a deep appreciation and sensitivity for different cultures, religions, customs and politics.
For more information, contact Roger at email@example.com.