For my fellow PCVs in Mongolia, as we prepare for another winter…
ULAN BATOR (Reuters) - The Mongolian government is confident it can resolve disputes with Rio Tinto <RIO.AX> over a $5 billion expansion of the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine by December 31, the
A World Bank-supported project helped set up classroom libraries in all the primary schools in rural Mongolia, which had almost no books before 2006.
Sounds like a great program, but does anyone here in Mongolia have direct experience or knowledge about it? I haven’t seen 160 books in my countryside school, and the teachers I work with have never mentioned the big books described in this post. Would love to hear a little more about this!
This school year is off to a great start, and I have been feeling incredibly productive and optimistic. My counterparts and I have already coordinated our team teaching schedules for the fall, written lesson plans, and held our first English club meeting! We’re also planning a big Halloween bash and are organizing decorations, competitions, and prizes with the assistance of other teachers and students. It’s a big step up from last fall, when I didn’t know what to do or where to begin. My counterparts and I understand each other - and what to expect from each other - so much better this year and things are really coming together!
The less fortunate news is that at the moment, my macbook is completely nonfunctional. It won’t get past the white screen to actually boot up. It is highly unlikely that I will be able to have it repaired while I am here in Mongolia. That means my photos from the last 6 months (not to mention all of my work since I’ve been here) may be lost forever. I’ll try to have it looked at next time I go to Ulaanbaatar, but I have really low expectations since Mac computers generally don’t exist here. That said, I still have my duct-taped together camera! And I will do my best to periodically upload photos when possible. If anyone has any suggestions for salvaging my macbook (or at least the contents of the hard drive) let me know!
A new draft mineral law would end the freewheeling approach of Monogolia’s minerals industry. Aubrey Belford toured Monogolia’s “Wolf Economy” back when people made their fortune, legally or otherwise.
Through a government grant, my school received money to plant trees and create a garden like area outside of the school yard.
The graduating 11th grade students performed a concert for the town in our culture center.
Whenever I have visitors, a surefire way to entertain them is to simply open up photobooth on my macbook. It’s a great resource and way to build friendship despite the communication gap!