Electives in Mongolia for Nursing Students
- Placement location: Ulaanbaatar
- Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous nursing training
- Requirements: You must be a student studying nursing. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Nursing in Mongolia project page.
- Types of Placement: Hospitals and health clinics
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Mongolia is a good choice for nursing students wishing to take an elective abroad. You will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience alongside skilled nurses and experience nursing practice in a developing country. The facilities are generally of a very basic standard and patients will often have travelled vast distances to attend appointments.
Nursing projects in Mongolia are based in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Nurses are usually placed at Central hospital, a large facility, and there are a number of private complimentary health clinics where you can also spend some time. Your exact placement within the hospital will depend on your chosen specialty.
You must be a nursing student to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad are able to work with you and your university to ensure your placement will meet the specific requirements of your elective. We have experienced in-country staff who are on hand to answer your questions and help with any paperwork you may have. In Mongolia you will be assigned a qualified midwife or doctor who will mentor you throughout your stay, discuss specific case studies with you and answer your questions.
Make sure to take extensive notes while you work as these will be useful to refer back to in discussions with your supervisor. The supervisors on our nursing placements in Mongolia have a lot of time for eager interns.
Nursing Student Electives in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
In accordance with Mongolian law you will not be able to directly treat patients. As a Nursing Elective student you will have a mainly observational role, shadowing nurses. If you are enthusiastic and show your skills to your fellow nurses, you are likely to get more responsibilities. You could help to take basic observations, help prepare equipment for surgery, transfer patients to surgery, observe surgery, and check patients post surgery.
You have the option to attend medical outreach projects. Previous programs have included basic medical check-ups at a community centre for homeless people, and assisting with a hand hygiene campaign at one of the local hospitals. Projects Abroad also offer monthly workshops for interns that could be about traditional treatments, the history of the Mongolian healthcare system or practical lessons on basic medical procedures.
While you intern on the nursing project you will live with a Mongolian host family. They are extremely hospitable and welcoming. You will also become part of the Projects Abroad volunteer community and have plenty of other volunteers to meet with on your time off. There is much to see in the area and a lively community of interns to experience it with.
Nursing Student Electives in Mongolia are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.
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.