Around the world, June 1st is the International Day for Child Protection, or in Mongolia, “Children’s Day.” Mongolia started celebrating in 1925 and since then, kids have been waiting eagerly for their sweet treats and annual gifts. I thought FOR SURE the turnout would be low for our celebration when it was met with severe winds and a dust storm. But, like almost all things ever, I was wrong! The kids came out en masse, and once the wind died down enough, all seats in the amusement park were happily populated. Continue reading
“Arvaikheer in May”
Yet sometimes cold
But always windy.
Disclaimer: The intention of this post is to merely to evaluate the swirling thoughts about my experience—which varies greatly from anyone else’s due to the unique nature of being a volunteer.
I bought a bicycle, y’all!
“How weird it is, the way people’s names seem to suit them–how they get a name and grow up to be like it.” -Sir Ralph Richardson
A Peace Corps conference, quarantine, and card games. Continue reading
Ten months into service and I’m a more creative person. Here’s why–
The shortest month of the year turned out to be one of the busiest. So much so in fact, that I won’t be able to write about everything in just one post! From the community ice festival, to unexpected trips to outskirts of town, to Tsagaan Sar, to warm & cold weather hiking–this winter month has been warmed with beautiful experiences I’m certainly not worthy of.
Air pollution is a large and visible problem in most provincial capitals in Mongolia. This is a somewhat unique problem considering Mongolia is one of the most sparsely populated countries. The issue, though, arises in capital cities with densely populated ger districts. In this post I will discuss the science of pollution, why it’s especially bad in Mongolia, and go in-depth about the project we implemented to help educate and distribute air-pollution masks to students in Arvaikheer.