Mongolia is known for its untouched wild nature, nomadic culture and eternal blue sky. Nomadic herders are very hospitable and friendly towards visitors. Mongolians take pride in its rich history and era of Chingges Khan. It is an adventure destination not to be missed; vast steppes, rugged mountains, clear lakes and abundant wildlife and livestock.
Mongolia is a country of great beauty, as well as one of the last countries in the world to still have a significant nomadic community. Visitors to Mongolia are able to see and experience the contrast between urban development and the country's long history of cultivating life in the rural countryside. From the great steppes to the Gobi Desert, Mongolia offers natural beauty that leaves visitors breathless.
YMCA of Mongolia started in 2013. We have been growing and expanding since then. YMCA has coffee shop, education center and the office. We host many activities and events at our local community and YMCA learning facility.
What to do in Mongolia?
primary school in Tuv aimag province
Connections with public school. Located in 100km out from Ulaanbaatar. Teams can be connected with local public schools to learn about the state of public education in Mongolia and support the school and students as it best determined by the school leaders and the YMCA. In the past, brought school supplies to distribute to students and helped to build and care school dormitories.
Lotus orphanage center
Rodem House orphanage center in the city area. YMCA has adopted an orphanage where children ages 8-16 live and are cared for by a local pastor and his family. Volunteers can do green projects around the orphanage's property, help with repairs and upkeep of the orphanage building and work with the children with craft projects, games and other learning activities. Teams can also stay at the orphanage's guesthouse, which helps support the work of the orphanage.
VoLUNTEER IN A COMMUNITY
There are many opportunities to volunteer and help in the community such as through cleaning, painting and minor construction repairs. We want participants to not just understanding of Mongolia, but also understanding themselves, their place in the world and their own communities as a global citizen through our community work. Though this, visitors can learn about larger issues such as pollution and desertification issues and also can learn that how this work is impact to communities in Mongolia unique ways.
WORK AT THE ORPHANAGE
Volunteers can do green projects around the orphanage's property, help with repairs and upkeep of the orphanage building and work with the children with craft projects, games and other learning activities.
Volunteer at a local public school outside of the city and help run English camps for the neighborhood students. Students love being able to practice their English and improve their learning with volunteers.
Volunteer team can travel to the countryside to stay with Mongolian families in the gers (yurts/traditional felt tents) and learn about rural life, value of simple living through cultural exchange. The program also emphasizes learning about teamwork, communication and thoughtful cultural exchange.
HORSEBACK RIDING AND CAMPING
Travel to Terelj National Park and stay at one of the camps located in the park (varies from gers to more hotel-style rooms). Day-long horseback rides are offered through the park, with Mongolian guides leading the way.
Teams can learn about the traditional felt tents that Mongolians have lived in for centuries by helping to build their own Ger.
Hike various mountain routes around the Ulaanbaatar area and help with cleaning up garbage on the trails and learn about recycling and other environmental issues impacting Mongolia and its natural environment.
Kayak down the Tuul River and see the natural beauty of Mongolia from this unique vantage point.
Travel to the Gobi Desert to see the beautiful desert landscapes and experience the adventures of sand dunes and camel riding.
Travel to the largest lake in Mongolia and take in the beauty of water in a landlocked country. This is one of the most popular natural attractions in Mongolia. This lake’s water is incredibly crystal clean and located in the northern province of Mongolia. It is also where you can visit local reindeer people
Terelj National Park
One of the beautiful and worth visiting destinations for many travelers who wanted to rest in near Ulaanbaatar city. Park offers adventure activities such as hiking, rafting, horse or camel riding and visiting nomad family and stay overnight in traditional Ger. Terelj park area is very impressive with massive rock formations set among scenic valleys and hills with a winding river and trees
Chingges Khan Statue
Chingges Khan Statue complex is located within an hour from Ulaanbaatar. It is about 40m tall and has recreation area, restraurants and souvenir shops. You can use an elevator or walk to the head of the horse through chest and back of the horse neck where you will have a spectacular view over the nearby area.
Wildlife watching in Tuv aimag province
Tuv aimag province is considered as part of the Khentii-Khangai Mountain Range and eastern Mongolian plains. Large mountains and valleys lie in the north of the aimag and a steppe with small hills and mounds sit in the south of the province. There are many wild aminals like wolf, deer and wild boar
Naadam Festival. National festival celebrated every year from July 11 to July 13. It focuses on three main sport games which are horse racing, wrestling and archery. Naadam is an excellent way to expose to Mongolia traditional culture and heritage.
This particular festival involves variety of games and activities such as Ger or small house building with ice, ice skating and sleighing rides and others games and competitions.
HOW OUR TOUR PROGRAM IS BECOME BENEFIT TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES
GATN programs in Mongolia address education, the tensions between urban and rural development, environmental care and preservation, economic insecurity and poverty and the importance of community care. Join in our GATN program and let's make sustainable community together.
"Community and Service Learning Trip"
Duration : Can be arranged in any preferred option
To serve the local community, you can do volunteer work for them. We can arrange any kind of alternative tourism based on community please contact to our person in charge for set up your tour.