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Nomad Community Outreach, Mongolia
What It’s About: The nomadic herders of the Mongolian steppes live a simple, hardworking life—which is largely spent moving, feeding, and tending to their herds of livestock amid some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. While it’s an existence some might call idyllic, it requires long days of hard labor, and extra hands are always appreciated.
What it Involves: Farmwork. Projects Abroad volunteers help nomad families with daily tasks like herding yaks and cattle, mucking out horse and camel enclosures, and milking sheep and goats. They also produce dairy products like butter and cheese, prepare meals, and play with the communities’ many children.
Roughing-It Rating: Medium to high. Volunteers live with host families in large round tents called gers, which are rustic but—surprisingly—often have TV sets powered by car batteries and solar panels. The nomadic life becomes much more difficult during the cold-weather months, when temperatures can plummet to -70°F. (It’s not recommended that volunteers visit during the winter, but those who welcome the challenge are fully outfitted with warm pelts and clothing from local Mongolian markets.)
Cost: $3,045 for two weeks
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