Projects in Mongolia
The original English Education program was the first and only Peace Corps project when the Mongolia post was opened in 1991. With the transition to democracy in 1990, the Government of Mongolia (GOM) identified English language learning as an important step toward establishing an active democracy and prosperous economy. The GOM felt English language learning was necessary for gaining access to relevant modern scientific, technological, and business information and requested the assistance of the Peace Corps. For over 30 years, Volunteers have worked hand-in-hand with community and school partners to evolve and grow the English Education program and ensure its ongoing relevance.
Over time, and as the English education program evolved, Peace Corps Mongolia recognized improvement of English skills should not be limited to the classroom, but also be prioritized in informal settings utilizing clubs and camps as a platform for connection with students, teachers, and other community members. The need for a more comprehensive and expanded approach tying English education to a variety of development sectors within the country has continued to grow over time. Stakeholders from a number of professional disciplines continue to seek Volunteers with hopes of tapping into their English language and technical skills.
To leverage the existing strength of the most recent English Education program iteration, continue the program’s reach into underserved communities around the country, further develop English language skills and capacity for teachers, students, community stakeholders, and promote a renewed and holistic focus on a multi sectoral layered approach to community development, the new English Education and Community Development program is being implemented. Peace Corps Mongolia envisions both English education and community development as equally important requirements to meet the goals of the GOM, Peace Corps, and counterparts, volunteers, and community partners.
English Education and Community Development Volunteers serve in secondary schools, universities, and provincal Education Departments. Volunteers work closely with Mongolian English teachers to co-plan and co-teach English classes of all levels. Volunteers collaborate with counterparts and stakeholders to develop and implement community driven development interventions spanning a number of technical sectors.