A Life Changing Experience in Mongolia August 08, 2018

By (Saint Michael's College) - abroad from 06/25/2018 to 08/06/2018 with

Round River Conservation Studies - Mongolia Conservation Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
While in Mongolia, I learned a lot about the culture, conservation, and myself. I saw what real, meaningful research looked like, and I felt like we were really making a difference in the national park. I learned about the type of relationships the Mongolian people have with each other and the environment. It was very inspiring, and it showed me how I want to live my life in the US.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Every part of the administration we worked with was amazing.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Due to the nature of the trip, we were camping the majority of the time. It always worked out well and we found beautiful places.

* Food:

The food in Mongolia is meat and starch based, and the cook we had was amazing at preparing traditional food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We worked very closely with the local rangers to help with conservation techniques and research.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I always felt like health care was readily available.

* Safety:

I always felt very safe while in Mongolia and with the program.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

You spend little money while in country.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Culture
  • Landscapes/Nature
  • Research
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More about what to bring and what to leave at home