In 1990, the first ELIC teaching team brought a new language and a living hope to this amazing country of pristine beauty and engaging people. In those early years it seemed to our teachers that Mongolia was not just another country, but was also frozen in another era. The capital, Ulaanbaatar, had the look and feel of a 1950’s European city. Since that time, the changes have been fast and have touched virtually every area of life. The United Nations recently estimated that over the next five years Mongolia will have one of the world’s fastest growing economies in the world. Our Mongolia team has the privilege of having front row seats as these monumental changes continue.
One of the unique programs we offer in Mongolia is the EXCEL Program, served by our University Teaching Program team. Through this highly regarded year-long program, current secondary school English teachers living in Ulaanbaatar have the opportunity to improve their English language and their teaching methodologies. The EXCEL Program is different from a typical ELIC classroom experience, consisting instead of regular weekly instruction time and classroom observations, as well as one-on-ones with each student. Each EXCEL teacher provides intensive instruction and mentoring to a class of about 10 to 15 students.
Another exciting initiative we’ve been asked to embrace is the teaching of both English and content classes in the Mongolian bilingual jr. high and high schools. This is a perfect opportunity for those with a background in business, mathematics, science or music to invest in the future leaders of Mongolia.
Our role in Mongolia has also recently grown to include teaching opportunities in one of Mongolia’s more highly regarded universities. For the more adventuresome, we have expanded our reach to the western most part of the country, placing teachers in schools in the more rural city of Bayan Ulgii.
Currently our year-round Mongolia team includes 32 adults and 5 children. We have recently received an urgent request from the Ministry of Education for 100 teachers to fill needed positions in every area of the country. In addition, we have now established one Community Language Center and are researching the idea of potentially opening several more throughout the country.
If you are interested in exploring any of these or other exciting opportunities available in Mongolia, please click on the contact link under the program of your choice.
The initiatives outlined above are included in the four major programs currently offered in Mongolia:
University Teaching Program (university graduates through late 60s)
Teaching Fellowship Program (university graduates through age 25)
Summer Teaching Program (university graduates through late 60s; some current university majors)
Engage Program (current university students)