Name of the project: Nomadic Lifestyle

Number of volunteer needed: 1-2 volunteers for each nomadic family

Requirements: No requirements are needed. This program is suitable for pre-veterinary, pre-medical students or anyone who is interested in helping a nomadic family.

The volunteer’s duties:

The family has a different work routine and lifestyle. Comparing to spring, autumn, fall and winter.

All year-around the nomad’s work starts early morning when they send the animals to the pasture. In the evening they will bring them back from the pasture. The volunteer’s daily life may start riding a horse to send the livestock to the pasture and making sure that all livestock is not going far and safe from any situation such as not mixing the livestock up with other families’ livestock. If they mix up it will be hard work to be separated. In summer, volunteer may help to milk livestock, to produce dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, fermented mare’s milk, dried curd and butter etc and to help them to move to the different places in order to give livestock more nutrition.

In autumn, volunteer may help the nomad to move into their autumn camp and prepare for winter such as gathering grass which needs to be stored for livestock. In winter Mongolians don’t slaughter their livestock. Therefore the nomad family will slaughter some of their livestock to store for their winter food. During this slaughter period volunteer may have first-hand experience of examining animal organs. In winter, comparing to other seasons there will be less work for nomads. But the weather will be cold during this time. Therefore livestock gets weak and thin which needed some treatments and extra cares. The volunteer may give the extra grass and bran. In spring, after harsh winter the nomad receives their new born babies from their livestock at least 300 new born babies within over one month. Volunteer may help with the delivery of livestock and take care of new born livestock.

In general, a volunteer can provide basic medical assistance to the nomadic herders, (taking vitals, cleaning wound etc) and may assisting with collecting fresh water and wood for fire. Plus maybe teaching English to nomads and their children.  The nearest hospital is in 70 miles. Therefore the nomads are not able to go to the hospital whenever they want.

Project dates: All year-around

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