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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    You know China has a kind of sub tropical south don't you?
    By the way, no way you had to pay 6 months up front for an apartment. First and last month just like in the west.
    I did and it simply looks like I got taken for a ride. Life goes on, no hard feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Then (I think) they were not allowed to leave the monkhood. They were also not allowed to have their own families/ children. So only few men were reproducing at that time. They also don't have many children due to the harsh conditions, especially in the countryside.
    You may want to read this report:

    Tracking maternal mortality declines in Mongolia between 1992 and 2007: the importance of collaboration

    "Results
    During the 1992–2007 period, the MMR peaked in 1993 at 241 per 100 000 live births and then fell approximately 62.8%, to 89.6 per 100 000 live births in 2007 (Fig. 1). More specifically, substantial declines occurred between 1993 and 1996, followed by minor fluctuations between 1997 and 2000, an accelerated decline from 2001 to 2004, and minor fluctuation but still a slight decrease from 2005 to 2007. Between 2001 and 2007, when the MMRS 2001–2004 and 2005–2010 were implemented, the MMR showed an overall decrease of 47%, falling from 169 to 89.6 deaths per 100 000 live births."

    "Briefly, the years immediately following the political transition witnessed a deterioration of the health-care system and a resultant rise in maternal mortality. After 1993, maternal mortality decreased due to the reintroduction of “maternal waiting homes” (also known as maternity rest homes), improvements in the supply of emergency drugs and increased training of health-care workers in sexual and reproductive health (including obstetrics) through assistance from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

    Maternal waiting homes are a particularly important component of the health-care referral system because women from rural areas must travel large distances to reach provincial health centres, which can keep them from receiving timely care.18 Support from UNFPA also increased; it ensured the availability of contraceptives and strengthened the logistic management system of the National Reproductive Health Programme.15 In addition, the liberalization of abortion legislation in 1989 led to reductions in poor outcomes from unsafe abortions.



    The combination of these health system reform and policy measures culminated in the stabilization of the MMR at around 165 deaths per 100 000 live births by the second half of the 1990s, a reduction from over 200 deaths per 100 000 live births in the early 1990s (Fig. 1).12 In addition, greater support for education and communication campaigns about family planning led to a wide acceptance of, and greater demand for, sexual and reproductive health services among the population. In summary, the 1990s witnessed important improvements in both supply and demand factors related to women’s sexual and reproductive health, thus creating a favourable environment for the implementation of the MMRS 2001–2004."



    WHO | Tracking maternal mortality declines in Mongolia between 1992 and 2007: the importance of collaborationIt appears to be that the birth rate declined but the ones that survived did so because of improvements in the medical facilities available and better usage and results. Less babies dying after birth.
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    ^I only wrote what the Mongolian tourists told me. Maybe that's what they know - the story about income taxes and monkhood. Maybe that's what taught to them in schools?

    Or the low population could be due to both - monkhood + taxes, and abortions + better health care for newborns. Or somewhere in between...

    Thanks for the article. The Mongolians that I met were all young, friendly and had positive outlook in life & about their country. But then they were on holiday mode, so they were probably happier & more relaxed than normal.

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    Confirmed, I'm going to herd yak for 2 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    I hope you're not suggesting that Mandy was taken advantage of by renters in league with school admin...such behavior would further suggest...well, never mind: the folks he met were always friendly and helpful...
    P. T. Barnum had a reference along these lines...

    Applied greatly to naive [even when considering themselves superior] foreign devils when attempting to navigate Asia.
    Some don't get it, nor ever have.

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    ^^
    You have received your contract and it is in English?

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    Yup, all in English and it is well written- no breach of contract penalty either.
    This is what I get:

    While it is vulgar to talk about money, it is also interesting to note teaching salaries around the world: 3000USD tax free.
    2 year contract
    Free housing in my own apartment- massive plus compared to Myanmar
    Free transport to and from school and the supermarket a couple of times a week- a nice little touch
    Healthcare, but not dental.
    Free flights to and from Mongolia, plus I trip home once a year if wanted- if not, it comes in the form of a bonus.
    Visa Fees
    If I had kids, they could study for free.
    Professional Development- due to Mongolia's relative isolation, most of this is done online.
    Gym membership thrown in for free

    They don't use PYP, but can't win them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    but can't win them all
    ...indeed: I note the contract didn't mention 9-month winters...USD3K may not be worth weekends huddling around the kitchen stove in your anorak...

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    Ah, I didn't mention holidays: 10 weeks off over the summer and 3 weeks for "Winter Break".
    There are also 4 days I'm allowed to take for religious and cultural reasons- will become devout for Christmas 555

    https://www.discovermongolia.mn/ulaanbaatar/

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    An investment will be needed

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    Hear that Mongolia is quite the raging fashion these days....

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    Yup- now I want a Mongolian wife
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    ...^yak breath...

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    Yak butter tea.

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    ...yakety-yak...

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    Family Yurt....for those more countrified

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    Good luck, when are you off? We want more photos of the locals and a Mongolian Food thread. If you have a moment of course.

    Another adventure, lucky boy.

    Is the fashion spread girl from the young Genghis Khan movie? Get a fur hat and mix with the locals. At -32 C, you'll need someone to keep you warm. They all look plump at first, but take your time unpeeling her outer layers and see what emerges.


    Here she is, if it's the same woman, in the movie:




    Here is link to it:

    https://zooqle.com/mongol-the-rise-o...1-p-vpb93.html

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    Just got back from the Mongolian Embassy- got the phone number of the nice lady taking care of my visa- super friendly and welcoming and her sister's daughter is going to be one of my students- small world. Looks like I will be leaving Frinday or Monday- I can't wait, I am also getting a bit sick of living in hotels and airports. Expecting the accommodation provided to be somewhat dated but serviceable

    Did find a video on the local food:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Confirmed, I'm going to herd yak for 2 years
    Great stuff!

    Damn nice adventure and experiences coming for sure.


    Bettyboo did a stint in Golia or else just had a stunning Mongolian missus for a bit.

    Looking forward to yer thread mate. Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Confirmed, I'm going to herd yak for 2 years
    Great! Off ya go then. Enjoy and keep in touch. Hope they have modern toilets and internet.

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    ...bon voyage for yet another Asian adventure!...

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    School emailed me the tickets- leave on Friday which is much sooner than I expected, quite happy about that as I have the weekend to settle in before work on Monday.
    Is there a reason why Chinese airlines leave at such funny hours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Is there a reason why Chinese airlines leave at such funny hours?
    ...cheaper take off/landing slots, I imagine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Bettyboo did a stint in Golia or else just had a stunning Mongolian missus for a bit.
    Cant find his post where he was chased out of Mongolia by gun wielding cops, found this though.....


    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    was in Outer Mongolia. Chingghis Vodka. Small 500ml bottles. Strong. I'd be at home relaxing, then the inlaws would turn up (-40 outside, btw...) and produce a bottle of vodka which'd be drank neat. Then, the next oldest man would go ut to the corner shop (everywhere, never more than 500 metres away) and buy another. This would continue until nobody had any more money or everyone was unconscious... This event usually started when you were minding your own business, thinking you'd have a relaxing night in, then they'd be a knock at the door... Not always easy as a foreigner...
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    How many countries have you taught in, was this one the shortest?

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    ^
    1 year in Honduras
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    The shortest would be in Prague- I wouldn't classify the 4 weeks I taught on my TEFL as quality teaching- quite the opposite.

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