Volunteering in Mongolia

Wedged between Russia and China, Mongolia is a landlocked country of immense, rugged beauty. Think vast sweeping plains and wide open spaces — after all, Mongolia is the world’s most sparsely populated sovereign country.

Naara and his family
Naara, Bjuee, Tsendi and Bayasaa host visitors to their ger Camp. Photo: Teagan Glenane.
The city scape of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Photo: Teagan Glenane
Mongolia's capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Photo: Teagan Glenane
Australian volunteer Program Officer Jessica Farr with her colleague Erdene Ochir Chuluun.
Australian volunteer Program Officer Jessica Farr with her colleague Erdene-Ochir Chuluun.
A supermarket in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
A market in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Transparency International staff Urantseseg Ulziikhuu Anudari Badrakh and Australian Volunteer Laura McKenna who worked as a Youth Integrity Officer v2.
Transparency International staff Urantseseg, Anudari and Australian volunteer youth integrity officer, Laura McKenna.


A couple of decades since the isolationism of its former communist regime, Mongolia has emerged democratic and open. Thanks to subsequent outward-looking reforms, today it has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, with a strong mining sector.

While recent economic growth has helped the country reach lower-middle income status, Mongolia’s poverty rate remains relatively high, with about one-in-three people still living in poverty. The Mongolian economy relies heavily on its mineral sector. But a softening of global mineral demand and economic growth in China presents Mongolia with significant development challenges in managing its economy.

Australian Volunteers have provided considerable assistance across a broad range of sectors in Mongolia since 1998.

The Australian Volunteers Program is guided by the Australian Government’s development priorities for Mongolia and volunteer assignments focus on a range of development issues, including:

  • building human resource capacity
  • supporting a well-managed economy
  • human rights
  • health
  • gender
  • economic growth and trade
  • private sector enabling

Volunteer assignments are mainly concentrated in Ulaanbaatar and Dalanzadgad.