Despite Mongolia lying thousands of kilometres 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.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|State schools||800 – 1,200||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|Language centres||1,000 – 1,500||Various but usually requiring weekend and evening shifts||3 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||2,000 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||6-8 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate.
1. Many teachers suggest that finding work outside of Ulaanbaatar is preferable. Try looking for openings in Darkhan and Sukhbaatar.
2. Mongolian English-language media are growing in number and it may be worth inquiring about offering your English skills to local newspapers and magazines.
3. 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.
Cost of living
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 and salary information
Tax should be paid on a monthly basis and is usually the responsibility of your employer.
|A growing demand for English tuition||Ulaanbaatar is not the easiest or most beautiful city in which to live but there are a few paid positions in more rural areas|
|There may be some opportunities to use your English skills as a proof-reader and editor in Ulaanbaatar||Some visitors complain of racism and corruption|
|A surprisingly good range of food is available in Ulaanbaatar||Beware of walking alone at night in Mongolian cities|
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