Teaching English in Mongolia

Teaching English in Mongolia

Mongolia Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Ulaanbaatar$800 – $2000

Are you looking for an adventure? Are you passionate about teaching English to non-native speakers? Then look no further than Mongolia!

This stunning country, nestled between Russia and China, is quickly becoming a popular destination for ESL teachers. With its rich culture and fascinating history, Mongolia offers a unique and rewarding experience for those looking to teach abroad.

From the bustling capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the vast, unspoiled countryside, there is something for everyone in Mongolia. Despite Mongolia lying thousands of miles from English-speaking countries, the demand for English tuition is growing rapidly as interest in Russian declines somewhat. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in more rural parts of the country but most of the paid teaching positions are in Ulaanbaatar.

So why wait? Discover why Mongolia should be your next destination for teaching English and start your journey today!

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Typical Requirements and Tips

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Many teachers suggest that finding work outside of Ulaanbaatar is preferable. Try looking for openings in Darkhan and Sukhbaatar too.

Mongolian English-language media are growing in number and it may be worth inquiring about offering your English skills to local newspapers and magazines.

Take extra care when walking alone after dark in Ulaanbaatar as crimes against foreigners sometimes happen.

It is best to arrive on a tourist visa and let your employer arrange your work permit once you are in Mongolia. If you come with a letter of invitation from an employer then you may have problems leaving the country without their permission.

Transportation is cheap but the overcharging of foreigners is common. Accommodation costs are low but it is best to request help and advice from your employer. Food and drink are cheap and there is a good range of restaurants in Ulaanbaatar catering to different tastes and budgets.

Tax should be paid on a monthly basis and is usually the responsibility of your employer.

Fun Fact About Mongolia:

An interesting fact for an English teacher about Mongolia is that the Mongolian language, which is the official language of Mongolia, uses the Cyrillic alphabet. This might intrigue an English teacher as Cyrillic is also used in languages such as Russian and Bulgarian, and it could spark a discussion about the influence of different writing systems on language and culture.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Mongolia

Pros:

  • A growing demand for English tuition
  • There may be some opportunities to use your English skills as a proof-reader and editor in Ulaanbaatar
  • A surprisingly good range of food is available in Ulaanbaatar

Cons:

  • Ulaanbaatar is not the easiest or most beautiful city in which to live but there are a few paid positions in more rural areas
  • Some visitors complain of racism and corruption
  • Beware of walking alone at night in Mongolian cities