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How would you like to live with a host family in Mongolia for a couple of months? Yes, Mongolia! The origin of the famed Mongol Empire which was ruled by emperor Genghis Khan and dominated much of Eurasia at the height of its power. Today, Mongolia features a unique intersection of ancient and modern cultural traditions. While the cities are quite developed with modern infrastructure, the countryside is very rural and the locals still live in yurts. Home to giant vultures, camels and wild horses, Mongolia is probably the most exotic country World Explorers has to offer.
CHI works with its trusted partner in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to find and to screen the best host families possible for you to live with as an active member of the family. Most placements aren’t far from Ulaanbaatar’s city center, so it will be easy to get around on your own. Our participants are usually able to help our at Mongolian partner agency’s office leading an English Speaking Club which allows for extra teaching experience and opportunities to make new friends! Past travelers also had the opportunity to visit the vast Mongolian countryside and spend the night in a yurt. Mongolians are eager to share their traditional culture, ancient traditions and exotic cuisine with foreigners.
The country's official language is Mongolian, but many people speak Russian as well since Russia sits directly to the north. English is also widely spoken, but since Mongolians rarely have the chance to converse with a native English speaker, they will be really excited to meet and speak with you.
WE calculated the price for two scenarios. The first scenario considers your choices above. The second scenario is the scenario that offers the best value. We also compared our prices with two other options. A hostel-stay with 3 meals per day and a hotel-stay with 3 meals per day. For the hotel-stay, we considered 1-2 star hotels because we learned from past World Explorers that most of them are traveling on a budget. However, a home-stay (staying with a host family) is substantially better than a 2-star hotel-stay when all amenities, comfort, and support are considered. Aside from that, you will be staying with people who care about you, who will be sharing their culture with you, and who will embrace you as part of their family. These, as part of your life-changing experience, are priceless!
You will be traveling abroad on a tourist visa; hence, in most countries, you can only stay up to 90 days. We understand you might want to stay longer and we designed the World Explorers program to meet your desire. Instead of staying over 90 days in a country, we allow you, the World Explorer, to participate on a second adventure on a different country. And that is not all. You can actually participate as many times as you would like (some exclusions apply). Please contact a World Explorers customer care specialist for more information.
I would highly recommend anyone who wishes to go to someplace new and unique they try the Mongolia program. Mongolia is unlike any place I have ever been and will probably remain unlike any place I'll go to. It's at times challenging, but it's part of the experience. Travelling should be challenging. It should confront your expectations of life and pre-conceptions. It was also a lot of fun. Overall, a highly worthwhile trip and would recommend again.Joe R. - World Explorer in Mongolia, July 2014
My trip to Mongolia was fantastic. Not only did I experience life in a culture that is so different than my own, I also gained teaching experience leading an English Speaking Club at the partner agency's office in Ulaanbatar. I will never forget the time I spent in the countryside sleeping in a yurt. My host family was wonderful and I even made the local Mongolian TV news because I was dressed in their national clothing at a local festival.Jen A. - World Explorer in Mongolia, June 2014