Human Rights Volunteer Projects in Mongolia
- Placement location: Ulaanbaatar
- Role: To assist with research work at a human rights organisation
- Types of Placement: Human Rights organisations
- Requirements: Volunteers need to have some human rights experience
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Our Human Rights placement in Mongolia is based in the intriguing city of Ulaanbaatar, geographically the most remote capital in the world. Here you will live and work in close proximity to the city centre, but your walk to work will take you past a patchwork blanket of different habitations, from large tower blocks to tented 'Ger' districts. This is a law internship unlike any other!
We work with a number of different organisations in the field of human rights. These organisations operate in fields that are constantly developing, as Mongolia changes to keep up with the rest of the world. Less than two decades ago the country was run by a government whose policies were very closely aligned to the Communist model. The legal framework in place was very much based on that of the former Soviet Union, but when that came to an end in 1990 so too did the old Mongolian system, with a new democratic state and constitution being established 2 years later.
As one of the smaller world economies, and due to the vast area the country covers compared to its population, the Mongolian legal system was based on customary law, and was initially rather slow to develop. In recent years, however an increasingly outward-looking country is now bringing about considerable and fundamental changes and you now have a chance to be involved in this process!
Our Human Rights project in Mongolia will be a valuable addition to your CV in this notoriously competitive profession, and might just secure you that lucrative first job once you graduate. A placement with one of our partner organisations will give you some fantastic experiences to talk about in an interview.
Volunteers on the Human Rights placement should expect to work from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, with the option of working longer hours if they choose. All volunteers need to show a good level of initiative; our Human Rights placement is fast-paced, and volunteers who seek their own work, ask questions and make an impact on their supervisors will have a first class learning experience.
Volunteering on a Human Rights Internship in Mongolia
As a volunteer on the Human Rights placement, your work will mainly involve research. You may also have the chance to spend several days attending training sessions in the country side.
We work with a number of different human rights organisations, including:
- A national centre against violence, where volunteers will focus on rights including human dignity, security and sovereignty. With this organisation, you will be involved in a variety of programmes such as child protection, local community development and legal reform in Mongolia.
- A centre for human rights and development, where you will work on various human rights advocacy programmes
- A prominent international NGO that campaigns for human rights
- A local NGO that promotes civic education and social well-being. At this placement, volunteers will focus on research work, organise training, and participate in advocacy work.
All Human Rights volunteers are expected to have some human rights experience. Most of our volunteers are part way through a law course or have completed their studies and are interested in gaining practical work experience in a human rights organisation abroad.
There is also the option to organise and teaching English classes at your placement, if this is something you would be interested in.