Get Paid to Explore Ulaanbaatar,the capital and largest city in Mongolia.
Teaching internships in foreign countries are one of the best ways to comfortably travel and earn at the same time. If you are adventurous and want to try something completely new, and as far away from home as possible, Mongolia is a great choice. Rich in heritage and culture, the country is the famous ‘Land of the Eternal Blue Sky”, as it has more than 250 sunny days a year. Therefore, if you want to get paid to enjoy great weather, try Mongolian cuisine and teach locals English, this might be the adventure for you.
Teaching Jobs in Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city in Mongolia, is a great place to find teaching jobs. There is a growing demand for qualified native English speakers to teach the language in local schools and universities.
The academic year in Ulaanbaatar starts around August/early September. Apart from teaching English in schools, you can also give private classes to professionals and young learners. You can do this as a full-time job, or on the side of your teaching job at a school.
Perks of Teaching Internships in Ulaanbaatar
Teachers are paid fairly well in Mongolia, when compared to living costs, although how much you earn will largely depend on the kind of assignment that you take up. For a full time teaching job, you can earn an average monthly salary of around $1,300.
Teach English in Public Schools
The Mongolian government has recently taken some important steps to incorporate English into the school curriculum, which is also why there is a great demand for English teachers. Most of these jobs will focus around the capital city of Ulaanbaatar and few other major cities. The pay is lower than private schools and universities, however, you are likely to get accommodation costs covered. This is also a great experience of the real Mongolia, as you will be teaching local young learners and helping to shape their future.
Teach English in Private Schools
You can find slightly higher paid teaching internships in private schools. There are quite a few private schools to choose from in Ulaanbaatar, including The American school of Ulaanbaatar and Success School of English. You are likely to get a significantly higher monthly salary and accommodation costs covered, but you might be required to work evenings and weekends.
Teach English in Universities
There are even more opportunities to teach at the Mongolian universities such as Raffle’s International University in Ulaanbaatar. This offers higher pay and usually also covers your accommodation costs. The hiring process is slightly more rigorous than most public and private schools. Like most universities, the institutions here will require at least a bachelor’s degree and some teaching experience, preferably with other universities. Working hours are typically of 3 to 4 hours a day, depending on whether you have a full time or part time TEFL job.
How to Get a TEFL Internship in Ulaanbaatar
In order to find a good job in Ulaanbaatar, whether is in a public school or university, it’s very important to hold a TEFL qualification. Getting a working visa is not very complicated either in Mongolia. You can enter with a tourist visa, find a job and you employer can help you get a working visa with the employment contract. However, do check the visa requirements with your embassy, so that you ensure you are prepared and have all the documentation you need. If you find a teaching internship before you travel to Mongolia, you might want to get the working visa ready at your local embassy.
Living In Ulaanbaatar – Experience and Costs
Mongolia has a very low cost of living. Accommodation, transport and food in the capital are very cheap, and on a teaching salary you can live comfortably and even save.
Whilst you live an exciting experience of teaching English to locals in Ulaanbaatar, you will also have the opportunity to explore the historic city. Here are 4 great places you must visit in Mongolia’s capital:
- Sukhbaatar Square
- Choijin Lama Monastery
- Bogd Khan Palace Museum
- Gandan Monastery
If you have time to travel outside of Ulaanbaatar and visit the country side, there is even more Mongolian beauty waiting for you to explore it.
You are sure to have a good time at Mongolia, in the ‘Land of Blue Skies’.