CHI | Travel on a budget in Mongolia

Country Insights

Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator is the coldest capital city in the world

Buuz

Delicious dumplings

Mongolian Yurts

Sleep like Ghengis Khan

Currency

Today, $1.00 USD buys 2,467.00 Mongolian Tugrik

Explore Mongolia

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.

Cost Calculator

We understand that keeping the World Explorers cost down is as important as the life-changing experience you will enjoy. Hence, we prepared a cost calculator which shows the cost of the program (excluding airfare) compared to the cost of a standard vacation. The prices are calculated according to the destination chosen, the arrival and departure dates, and the length of your stay. The length of your stay is an especially important factor: the longer you stay abroad, the cheaper the cost per day becomes.

CHI is a non-profit organization, but we still have fixed costs that are necessary for running the program. Our overseas partners are actually for-profit, and we must take that into consideration as well. Our partners do the work to find and screen excellent host families that match your interests and needs!

Do you have questions about your trip costs? Do you have questions about Mongolia? We are here to serve you!

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What other world explorers have to say

  • 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

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