Join our Psychology internship in Mongolia and learn directly from psychologists who help patients with a variety of mental health conditions. You’ll work at a mental health centre and assist with various tasks. This experience will give you a deeper insight into how a developing country cares for people with mental health illnesses.
There are too few mental health professionals in the country, and extra hands are always needed. Your role is observational, but you’ll be given a research assignment. You’ll also be asked to assist with creating materials for consultations and training. You’ll even get practical experience by doing community-based outreach work. All of this will give your CV an edge, and help you learn more about mental illness in a global context.
You’ll live and work in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, and stay with a local host family. You’ll have evenings and weekends free to make the most of your time here and explore as much as possible.
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.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
You should have completed at least three years of psychology related studies or training.
What's included in the price?
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
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
A free cultural awareness course
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this internship?
You’ll work at one of our psychology placements in Mongolia. You’ll be placed in healthcare centres focused on helping mental health patients. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do:
- Assist psychologists by conducting research and data analysis
- Shadow psychologists during their rounds and sessions with patients
- Exchange medical knowledge with Mongolian healthcare staff
- Take part in monthly outreaches for disadvantaged people
Your work will be split in four main areas:
Assist psychologists by conducting research and data analysis
Your main role on the project is to help psychologists with research tasks. Topics you may be asked to research include:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Addictive behaviours.
You will also assist with preparing training and consulting materials. All of your research will focus on mental health and mental illnesses in a Mongolian context. Your supervisor will guide you and offer assistance when needed.
Shadow psychologists during their rounds and sessions with patients
You’ll learn a great deal by shadowing psychologists and psychiatrists on their rounds or during consultations with patients. We also encourage you to ask questions and take notes to learn as much as possible.
If it’s possible at your placement, you can explore different wards. You can speak to your supervisor about this.
Exchange medical knowledge with Mongolian healthcare staff
Depending on your level of experience, you may be asked to prepare and give a presentation to local staff. These topics could include stress management or doctor and patient conflict. You can also suggest new therapy methods to the local staff during these presentations. This is the perfect opportunity for you to show the similarities and differences for treating mental illness in your home country and Mongolia.
Take part in monthly outreaches for disadvantaged people
Every month, we organise a community outreach. These outreaches are held at a community centre and help people from disadvantaged areas. You will help hand out meals, assist the doctor on duty, and distribute medication to people. You’ll get some practical experience by helping to record blood pressure readings or check the weight/height of patients. The doctor on duty will supervise you, and answer any questions you have.
Where in Mongolia will I work?
You will be based in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. You will complete your internship at health care centres in the city. The centres are focused on mental health patients.
Ulaanbaatar is home to over a million people and is the only major settlement in Mongolia. The country is known for its vast open plains and you’ll quickly find that it has a fascinating history and culture. Besides being the home of famous Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire, the country is also home to wandering nomads.
You will live with a friendly host family in the city for the duration of your trip. You can use this time to get to know your family, talk to them about their lives, and eat as many local dishes as you can!
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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.
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