9 March 2016
Volunteer travels – Sean goes to Mongolia
Over four weeks in November and December 2015, I was lucky enough to be able to undertake an internship at a law firm in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. My time in Mongolia was invaluable, not only being able to learn and gain practical legal skills but also experiencing a vibrant and unique culture.
Ulaanbaatar is a city that mixes twenty first century development, Soviet influenced architecture from its Communist era, and even tent districts which maintain traditional Mongolian ways of living. The weather was cold to say the least, generally remaining between -10°C and -20°Cfor most of the time which I was in the country. The cold climate and initial language barrier only served to make the experience all the more rewarding.
I worked full days in the office between Monday and Friday, getting to experience various district courts as well as the Supreme and Constitutional Courts. On the weekends I either explored the capital or ventured out into the picturesque, snow covered countryside.
During the four weeks, I home stayed with a young family which was a great chance to develop lasting relationships and truly experience the Mongolian culture and lifestyle. I loved my time in Mongolia and will cherish the memories for a long time.
Youngcare is a fantastic organisation which champions a fantastic cause to which I can deeply relate and empathize, as a young person.
The importance of the independence and tailored care which Youngcare helps provide to young people with high care needs cannot be understated. By volunteering, I am happy to be able to contribute in a small capacity toward helping Youngcare carry out these aims. The time that I have spent volunteering so far has been highly rewarding and made easy by the friendly and welcoming team in the office. My experience in the office has always been amidst a positive and hardworking atmosphere. I am looking forward to continuing to help out in 2016 in any form required.