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Mrs. Schmidt's Gap Year Plans

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Transcript of Mrs. Schmidt's Gap Year Plans

Gap Year
Presentation
Requirements

Requirements
1. 7-10 minutes
2. Well rehearsed.... PRACTICE!
3. Make your audience want to go on your trip
4. Detailed rubric in your packet

TRIP PLANNING
INFORMATION
EXAMPLE
MONGOLIA
GAP YEAR INFORMATION
VISUAL AID
Prezi, PowerPoint. or Google Presentation... you choose so you can be CREATIVE!
1. World map with route, country & capitals
2. Packet Information
a. your goal for your Gap Year
b. your (3) Gap Year programs should be
documented thoroughly
c. trip planning to your (3) countries
General HELPFUL information for planning a trip to the country
Difficulties: What information was the most difficult to find?
Surprises: What were some of the more unique things you found about travel to your counties?
3. Pictures
PRESENTATION
INCLUDE FOR EACH PROGRAM...
Agency title & website address
Program title
Location/Country
Number of weeks volunteering
Price
Description
Jobs you will be performing
What you want to get out of the program
PICTURES
GENERAL
INFORMATION
SUPRISES
DIFFICULTIES
Travel warnings
Papers needed to enter the country
Visas
"STEP"
Travel safety/road conditions
Currency/exchange rate
Laws
Every day customs, food, greetings
Language
Health risks & vaccinations needed
What information was the most difficult to find?
Any helpful suggestions to someone planning a trip to the country?
What were some of the more unique things about travel to your counties?
NOMAD PROJECT
HELPFUL INFORMATION
www.Projects-Abroad.org
Life on the Mongolian Nomad Project:
Horse Riding & Farming
16 Weeks @ $6,440
Live with a Mongolian family to learn their ancient way of life.
Jobs
- Riding horses to move herds of yaks or cattle
- caring for livestock
- helping produce dairy products like butter or cheese
- teach English
I want to experience the Mongolian culture through work on the steppe herding cattle on horseback, collecting firewood for cooking, and living with a family.
VISA:
$160 for 36 months

LANGUAGE:
Mongolian

CURRENCY:

Mongolian Tughrit or Tugrug
1 USD = 1804.50 MNT
Ulaanbaatar
- most widely used are cash advances against credit cards. Available at most commercial banks.
- some hotels accept travelers’ checks in U.S. dollars, and several banks convert travelers’ checks to dollars or Mongolian currency.
- You can use credit cards at a variety of hotels, restaurants, and shops in the city.
- International bank wire transfers are also possible. - There are a handful of ATMs in Ulaanbaatar, but they are not reliable.
Outside the capital
- Very few to no ATMs.
- Cash is the only possible method of payment.
DIFFICULTIES:
FOOD:
I've read a recipe for Marmot, and hear it is a delicacy in the countryside. The animal is gutted and then cooked by filling it with hot rocks from the fire. I've also read they do this with goat and sheep for special occasions. I think this is one thing that I may have trouble seeing or eating.
UNSANITARY LIVING CONDITIONS & DISEASE:
Brucellosis - This is a disease of cattle yaks, camels and sheep but it can also affect humans. The most likely way for humans to contract this disease is by drinking unboiled milk or eating home-made cheese. People with open cuts on their hands who handle freshly killed meat can also be infected. Treatment should be sought outside of Mongolia and recovery can take months.
HEALTH RISKS:
Sanitation in some restaurants, particularly outside of Ulaanbaatar, is inadequate.
Stomach illnesses are frequent.
You should drink only bottled water and use other routine safety measures to protect your health.
Tuberculosis (TB): Adults traveling for the long-term are usually recommended to have a TB skin test before and after travel, rather than a vaccination. Only one vaccine is given in a lifetime.

HOSPITALS:
medical facilities are extremely limited or non-existent outside of Ulaanbaatar
SOS MEDICA MONGOLIA
4a Building, Big Ring Road, 15th Micro District, 7th Khoroo, Bayanzurkh District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Tel: +976-11-464-325/6/7
Fax: +976-11-454-537
91913122, 99096175/After Hours Emergency
TRAVELING AROUND MONGOLIA:
You are required by law to carry your residency permit or passport (not a copy) with you at all times so that if questioned by local officials, evidence of your identity and citizenship are readily available.
Few paved streets and those that are poorly kept
Very few car rental companies. (only in Ulaanbaatar) & traveling in your own car or motorcycle is not recommended.
Hitchhiking is common but not always safe
Simple Life on the Steppe
Housing on
the Steppe
Working on the Steppe
SURPRISES:
I was surprised that this trip was so easy to plan. I was expecting because Mongolia is a developing country that they would not have a tourism department. This trip was easy plan because the Mongolia works closely with the US Department of State to promote tourism and raise money for economy. Travel information was easy to find and easy to understand.
Now...
Be creative & make your project the best it can be!
End your 8th Grade year on a positive note!
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