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Mongolia | Let Girls Learn | Wild Adventures Camp

Esterly, P.
volunteer from Washington
in Mongolia
Group Photo

Gender norms are unfortunately a persistent problem in Mongolia, with boys being viewed as tough and girls being viewed as smart. We want to teach young students that they can be both, regardless of gender.

Wild Adventures will be a co-ed summer camp for students from the 6th and 7th grade in Arkhangai province that will focus on empowering young girls and boys to respect one another through the lens of life skills and wilderness training. An equal number of boys and girls will participate in all activities, and participate as equals because we believe gender equality is not a one-gender issue. These activities will include day hikes, shelter-building, naked-eye astronomy, and orienteering, all emphasizing Leave No Trace ethics, and environmental sustainability.

We hope to promote critical thinking about the impact students have on the environment and on each other. We will do this by fostering environmental literacy and a sense of stewardship of their homeland, and empower that stewardship through team building exercises and leadership training. Ultimately, students will be able to talk to their peers about reducing their impact on the environment, and lead healthy outdoor activities throughout the school-year, such as clean-up days and day-hikes.

The camp will also recruit and train 10th and 11th graders to act as camp counselors, giving them an opportunity to put into practice leadership skills and a sense of responsibility they would not get as regular camp-goers.

We have taken care to involve a wide cross-section of the community so that the camp will be sustainable and continue to grow in the coming years.

This project has been designed to expand access to education for girls in Mongolia as part of the Let Girls Learn Program. Learn more at letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov.

Your contribution increases the impact of Ms. Esterly, her fellow Peace Corps Volunteers and their communities; and makes a brighter future possible for young women in Mongolia.

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