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Everything you need to know about becoming an international teacher in Mongolia

International teachers

As an international teacher in Mongolia, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the vast expanses of the Gobi Desert, trek through rugged mountain ranges, and live amongst the country’s welcoming and hospitable people.

Mongolia’s rapidly developing economy presents great employment prospects for international teachers, while also allowing you to benefit from a comfortable lifestyle and relatively low cost of living compared to many Western countries.

In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about becoming an international teacher in Mongolia, including visa requirements, cost of living, healthcare, cultural expectations and norms, and expat communities.

 

Visa requirements for international teachers in Mongolia

International teachers who wish to live and work in Mongolia must obtain a work visa (type “HG” visa) sponsored by their employer, typically the educational institution where they will be teaching.

This process often involves submitting various documents, including a valid passport, a letter of invitation from your employer, a completed visa application form, and proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay.

Additionally, you may need to undergo a medical examination and provide a police clearance certificate. It’s crucial to adhere to the visa regulations and ensure all required documentation is in order before traveling to Mongolia.

You may also need to apply for a residence permit within a certain timeframe after arriving in the country, depending on the duration of your employment contract. We recommend consulting with the Mongolian embassy or consulate in your home country for the most up-to-date and specific visa requirements applicable to your situation.

For detailed information, visit the Mongolian government website.

 

Cost of living for international teachers in Mongolia

The cost of living for international teachers in Mongolia can vary significantly depending on their lifestyle, location, and personal preferences. Generally, major cities like Ulaanbaatar tend to have higher living expenses compared to more rural areas.

Accommodation expenses constitute a significant portion of the cost of living, with rental prices for apartments ranging from moderate to high, depending on factors such as size, location, and amenities. Utilities including heating, electricity, water, and internet services also contribute to monthly expenses. Food costs can vary but are generally reasonable, especially when cooking at home and exploring local markets for fresh produce and groceries.

Transportation expenses are generally very affordable.

Cost of living in Ulaanbaatar (USD)

Rent for one-bedroom apartment in city centre – $485 per month
Rent for one-bedroom apartment outside city centre – $380 per month
Loaf of bread – $0.80
Litre of milk – $1.30
12 eggs – $2.00
Takeaway coffee – $2.40
Meal for two at mid-range restaurant – $29.00
Meal at inexpensive restaurant – $5.10
Public transport – $0.15 one way

 

Healthcare for international teachers in Mongolia

Mongolia’s healthcare system consists of both public and private facilities, with varying levels of quality and accessibility. International teachers may have access to healthcare through their employer-sponsored health insurance plans, which can cover medical expenses such as doctor’s visits, hospitalisation, and prescription medications.

In urban areas like Ulaanbaatar, there are hospitals and clinics that provide a reasonable standard of care, but these facilities may be limited in more remote regions. Expatriates may choose to visit private hospitals and clinics, which often offer better amenities and English-speaking staff, albeit at a higher cost. Additionally, some international schools may have on-site medical staff or partnerships with healthcare providers to ensure quick access to medical services for their staff.

Mongolia’s healthcare infrastructure is continuously improving, but there may still be challenges such as language barriers, long wait times, and availability of specialised care. Therefore, it’s advisable for international teachers to maintain good health practices, including preventive measures such as vaccinations and regular health check-ups.

Many international schools in Mongolia offer health insurance as part of their employment package.

 

Cultural expectations and norms for international teachers in Mongolia

Respect for elders and authority figures is highly esteemed in Mongolian culture, and teachers are typically held in high regard as educators play a crucial role in shaping the future generations. As such, international teachers are often expected to demonstrate professionalism, dedication, and a strong work ethic in their teaching practices.

Mongolian society places a strong emphasis on hospitality and communal values, so international teachers are encouraged to engage with their colleagues, students, and the local community in a respectful and inclusive manner. Building relationships and fostering mutual respect is essential for effective communication and collaboration within the school environment.

Modesty and humility are valued virtues in Mongolian culture, so international teachers are generally expected to avoid behaviours or actions that may be perceived as boastful or arrogant. Instead, demonstrating humility, openness to learning about Mongolian customs and traditions, and a willingness to adapt to the local culture can help foster positive relationships with students, colleagues, and the community.

It’s customary to remove one’s shoes before entering someone’s home or certain public spaces, and it’s important to be mindful of gestures, body language, and topics of conversation that may be considered inappropriate or offensive.

 

Expat communities for international teachers in Mongolia

Expat communities for international teachers in Mongolia provide a valuable support network and sense of belonging in a foreign country. While Mongolia may not have as large an expatriate population as some other countries, particularly in its more remote regions, there are still established expat communities, especially in urban centres like Ulaanbaatar. These communities often comprise teachers, professionals, diplomats, and NGO workers from various countries, creating a diverse and multicultural environment.

International teachers can connect with fellow expats through social events, cultural gatherings, and professional organisations, allowing them to share experiences, exchange advice, and build friendships. These connections can be particularly beneficial for newcomers to Mongolia, providing valuable insights into local life, housing, healthcare, and other essential aspects of expat living.

Expat communities often organise recreational activities, language exchanges, and cultural events to help members immerse themselves in Mongolian culture while also offering opportunities to celebrate their own cultural traditions. This blend of cultural exchange fosters a sense of unity and camaraderie among expatriates and facilitates integration into the local community.

 

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