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The Peace Corps established its program in Mongolia at the invitation of the Mongolian government in 1991. The program began with teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) and has built a well-established education partnership. Volunteers today are working in the fields of English Education and Community Development. All Peace Corps Volunteers in Mongolia are considered community development workers and support community service activities and cross-sector initiatives.

The mission of Peace Corps Mongolia Volunteers and staff is to provide community-based development assistance addressing needs identified by Mongolian partners and to promote cross-cultural understanding between Americans and Mongolians. Peace Corps/Mongolia programs emphasize sustainable community development and capacity-building that relies on locally available resources.

Please see below the different types of engagement:

Peace Corps Volunteer Service in Mongolia

During their 2 years of service in Mongolia, English Education and Community Development Volunteers are partnered with Mongolian counterpart teachers and depending on the specific needs and goals of the assigned school, will develop and implement teacher and student focused capacity building strategies. Outside of the classroom, and over time, Volunteers and identified community members will work with youth, facilitating extracurricular activities based on the needs of the community such as clubs, camps, and mentoring programs to promote leadership and life skills.

To respond to the challenges of serving hard to reach communities, Peace Corps Mongolia created an optional domestic virtual service component for currently serving 2-year Volunteers in Mongolia. Volunteers have the option to engage in short-term virtual activities and projects requested by communities where Volunteers are not yet able to be placed, often due to the remoteness of the communities. These engagements not only focus on English education, but also share American culture, values, and life skills using various online technologies.

Virtual Service Pilot

The Virtual Service Pilot connects qualified U.S. citizens with host country counterparts to meet partner requests in new ways – from supplementing on-the-ground Volunteer efforts to reaching regions where Volunteers cannot go. Participants collaborate virtually with counterparts to complete project tasks, donating 5-15 hours per week for 3-6 months.