Volunteer Psychology Project in Mongolia
- Placement locations: Ulaanbaatar
- Role: To assist qualified psychologists with research and consulting material
- Types of placement: Health care centres and outreach work
- Requirements: Volunteers must have completed at least three years of psychology related studies
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Psychology is a relatively new science in Mongolia and as a result, the field is developing rapidly. With Projects Abroad, you have an opportunity to experience this growth first hand as a volunteer on the Psychology Project. The project, which is based in Ulaanbaatar, involves assisting local psychologists at one of our partner health care centres.
The facilities where you will be placed are of a basic standard, but they are hugely significant in the communities they serve. Many patients often travel vast distances to attend appointments and their options for mental health care are limited.
This project is a great option for students and recent graduates looking to apply the skills and knowledge they acquired during their studies. To participate, you will need to have completed at least three years of psychology related studies.
Volunteering on the Psychology Project in Mongolia
All Psychology volunteers are placed at one of our partner psychology treatment centres. These include a maternity hospital, a cancer hospital, and a counselling service centre.
In accordance with Mongolian law, you will not be able to treat or consult patients directly during your placement. However, the role you take on at the centre will be an important one. You can expect to get involved in various tasks, such as conducting research and preparing training and consulting materials for one of the qualified psychologists at the centre. Depending on your level of experience, it is also possible to perform psychometric tests, interviews, and behavioural observation.
At your placement, you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the local psychologists, as well as learn from them. They will welcome any ideas you have for discussions or presentations on theories of psychological treatment. Our local partners may also encourage you to write a report, such as an overall assessment of the centre, or suggestions on how they could strengthen the services they offer to patients.
Once a month, you will also take part in a medical outreach in Ulaanbaatar. This is a valuable service to the community and will help give you a deeper understanding of the healthcare system in Mongolia.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Mongolia..
While you’re in Mongolia, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Nomad Project in Mongolia page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.
Although it is not required for you to speak Mongolian to volunteer in Mongolia, learning a few basics is always helpful. You can also choose to do the Mongolian Language Course before or during your placement.