The office for Projects Abroad's Human Rights internships in Mongolia.

Human Rights Internship in Mongolia

Get practical work experience and do important human rights research at NGOs in Ulaanbaatar

Join a Human Rights internship in Mongolia and help us research some of the country’s biggest human rights and social challenges. You’ll work with experienced professionals at local and international NGOs. This is a great way for you to add practical work experience to your CV and boost your professional network.


You’ll deal with topics that have had a major effect on local communities. These include domestic violence, alcoholism, and the rights of nomads, children, prisoners and the disabled. This work will give you a deeper insight into championing human rights in a developing country.


Throughout your internship, you’ll have a supervisor to guide and help you with your tasks. Some supervisors have backgrounds in social work or management, while others are human rights activists or professors. Seize this opportunity to learn from professionals, and put your studies into practice.


You will live and work in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. You’ll stay with a local host family and have plenty of free time to explore and make your time abroad even more memorable.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 877 921 9666 for more info.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 877 921 9666 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Four Weeks

Placement Location:

Ulaanbaatar (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join
You should be a law or social work student, or have a background in law or human rights.

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

A Projects Abroad group pose at their placement during their Human Rights internships in Mongolia.

Is this Human Rights internship in Mongolia right for me?

The Human Rights Internship in Mongolia is perfect for any student pursuing studies related to human rights work, like law and social work. It’s also ideal for students who enjoy research and analysis, and want to get experience working with NGOs. This kind of experience gives your CV an extra edge, and will give you interesting points to talk about in interviews and application essays.


Research is a huge part of this internship, so you need to be willing to hone these skills here. There may also be an opportunity to get involved in outreach campaigns and advocacy work.


To join this internship, you should be a law or social work student, or have a background in law or human rights.


This internship is available all year round so you can join whenever it suits your schedule. You can stay for a minimum of four weeks, but we recommend staying for longer to get the most out of your placement.

What will I do on this project?

We work with both local and international partner NGOs. Each placement has a different focus, but they all work towards addressing social problems in Mongolia. Here are some examples of the work you can do:


  • Help with research on human rights abuses taking place currently in Mongolia
  • Assist Mongolian human rights organisations with training
  • Participate in advocacy work by leading a campaign and presenting it to staff
  • Take part in helping raise the funds needed for community work

Your work will be split into four main areas:


Help with research on human rights abuses


You will create research documents which address serious social issues in Mongolia. These include topics like family violence, alcoholism, human trafficking, or the need for more prisoners’, children’s, and nomad rights. Your research can be used to create proposals, which are needed for funding. With enough funds, more human rights research can take place.  


Assist human rights organisations with training


One of our placements promotes civic education and social wellbeing for individuals, groups, organisations, and communities. They do this through training, counselling, research, and advocacy work. Another placement focuses on the promotion and protection of human rights and social justice in Mongolia. During training sessions, you will accompany teams as they prepare and work with locals. You may also be asked to prepare presentations on the human rights issues in your home country, and discuss how they are similar or different to Mongolia.  


Participate in advocacy work


At your placement, you are encouraged to lead your own campaign on a topic that you’re passionate about. You will research the topic and present it to your colleagues.


Almost all of our human rights placements in Mongolia take part in advocacy work. Part of your internship involves working with dedicated staff as they lobby and advocate for marginalised groups in the country. You’ll help them build strong cases and educate people on their rights.


Take part in community work fundraising


As part of your human rights work in Mongolia, you can also take part in helping raise funds for much-needed community development work. The funding will help disadvantaged families and placements in need. These funds will buy things like the paint needed to refurbish school walls. Participating in fundraising activities like this lets you make a tangible difference.

Where will I be working in Mongolia?

Ulaanbaatar

Depending on your interests and background, there are a number of Human Rights placements in Mongolia available for you:


  • A centre for human rights and development
  • An organisation promoting civic education (the duties and rights of citizens) and social well being
  • A centre against violence (this placement requires you to work for longer than three months, be a native English speaker, and have a background in law)

All of our Human Rights placements in Mongolia are based in Ulaanbaatar.


Ulaanbaatar is filled with history and culture. You can learn about the famous Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire, or use a weekend to visit the wandering nomads. Your internship in Mongolia is the perfect opportunity to see as much of the country as possible during your free time.


AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Mongolia Arrival Procedures page.

Local cases are discussed in a meeting as part of a Human Rights internship in Mongolia.

A typical day as a Human Rights intern in Mongolia

A typical day in Mongolia runs from 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. You’ll start by eating breakfast with your host family before heading out to your placement. With your personal laptop in your bag and dressed smartly, you can take a bus, walk, or use a trolleybus. On your first day, we’ll show you the easiest way to get to work.


You will work with a supervisor who guides your tasks and challenges you to do more, and better. Ask questions and learn as much as you can from the team.


Most of your work will revolve around research for your placement, on topics like domestic violence, women's rights, child protection, sexism in the workplace, rights for nomads and so much more. Punctuality and the correct dress code are important because your internship takes place in a professional environment. 


During your free time, explore, plan a trip to visit nomadic families who live far outside the city centre, visit a Mongolian monastery, meet volunteers from around the world, or relax at your host family home. Use each moment of your time abroad wisely!

A local supervisor with an intern doing a Human Rights placement at an NGO in Mongolia.

What are the aims and impacts of this project?

The aim of this internship is to assist Mongolian NGOs with quality research, and help improve the legal system in the country. You will play an active part in this process.


Domestic violence, alcoholism, and a lack of rights for women, disabled persons, or prisoners are some of the social challenges facing Mongolians. You will research topics that assist ongoing advocacy work for marginalised groups in Mongolia.


You will work alongside professional supervisors with backgrounds in social work, management or human rights activism. This is a perfect opportunity to put your academic theory into practice, while working with dedicated and passionate teams in a developing country.


During your internship, you will also see the impact of Mongolia’s shift from communism to a more democratic system and the effect this has had on its people. This will give you an all round view of the country.


Help us with the work we do by joining us as an intern, while also gaining human rights work experience in Mongolia.


Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Ulaanbaatar. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Mongolia and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Mongolia is one of the most remote countries in the world. Volunteering here is a chance to experience a completely different way of life.

Our projects are based in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital. This city is an eclectic mix of modern and traditional. The Government Palace is a perfect example of this, with it’s old-world style architecture and glowing blue and gold lights.

Even when you’re in the city, you’re never far from the countryside. Just a quick trip can take you out to a nomad settlement, where you can meet travelling families who live in traditional gers. We recommend going on a horse ride or trek to take in the beauty of the endless countryside horizons.

The famous statue of Genghis Khan is a must-see. You can also learn about the country’s history at the National Museum of Mongolia.

We run a range of different projects in Mongolia so there will likely be other volunteers in the country with you. So you can travel alone or explore the country with a group of like-minded new friends. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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