Mongolia Nomadic Culture and Community Service
Under the endless blue sky of central Asia, Mongolia greets you with windswept grasslands and the rolling dunes of the Gobi Desert.
Orientation in Ulaanbaatar
Your Mongolian Experiment begins in the busy capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Working with local experts, visit ancient monasteries, practice basic Mongolian language skills, explore bustling markets, and learn to cook traditional steamed dumplings known as buuz.
Nomadic Homestay in Delgerkhaan
Voyage to a frontier town once home to Genghis Khan deep in the Mongolian grasslands of Khentii province. After your homestay orientation, horseback-riding lessons, and activities with Mongolian high school students, head to the open steppe. Live in a ger with a herder family, learn to cook traditional meals, care for domesticated animals, and experience nomadic life.
Ancient Traditions and Festivals
Mongolian musicians, wrestlers, riders, throat singers, and artists become your teachers as you learn how to play the morin khuur (the horsehead fiddle), live in a 13th-century camp, and witness Mongolian cavalry in action. You also take part in the Naadam festival, a nomadic Olympics which celebrates archery, horseback riding, and wrestling.
Community Service in the Gobi
Travel by overnight train to Sainshand on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Work with local students to repair and refurbish important cultural and community sites.
Sample projects: Paint school rooms; clean the area around the sacred Hamriin Hiid meditation caves; teach local students computer skills; work with students at an English camp in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Travel and Exploration
Spend your final days in Mongolia in the mountains near Lake Khövsgöl taking in the alpine vistas, deep blue lakes, and pristine forests of the north. Horse-trek and camp through some of the most beautiful areas of the country.
"I’ve learned that there are still places in the world where a stranger can find unquestioning hospitality, generosity, and acceptance."
-- Amy Kasman
White Plains, New York
June 23, 2013 - July 24, 2013
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