Having participated in BOOKBRIDGE’s Capability Program, Linda Nordin decided to support our Mongolian learning centers. In several blog posts, she writes about her adventure.
Today is October 2 and one month that I said goodbye to my family and friends in Sweden to start my Mongolian adventure. At the moment I’m working with Batchimeg in Sainshand Learning Center Erdmiin Urguu where we are creating and setting up courses, already 4 courses running plus non-school activities, and creating an activity base to make the daily lesson planning easier.
Moving from central London to the east Gobi Desert has definitely been a change. From working in a male-dominated industry I now spend a couple of hours each day of educating the younger generations of Mongolia and it is so much fun!
My daily journeys on a crowded tube has now been replaced with a 10 minutes’ walk on the streets of Sainshand surrounded by the Gobi Desert. My 1 hour walk in the park has been replaced with a 1 hour walk being surrounded of the view of Sainshand and miles of desert and empty space. From reading a book in my expensive room in London I can now do my reading with an amazing sunset over the desert hills as company.
Overall life in Mongolia is going very well! In Sainshand there is loads of food stores so cooking is so much easier than I expected. Having fully planned days is great since there is no time for being homesick. Mongolian is very hard to learn but I’m still trying to learn, however I don’t believe speaking fluent Mongolian will be one of my goals with this 9-month journey. Step one is to learn the alphabet!
It’s now Monday morning and the start of a new month full with lessons, students, playing games, reading books and enjoying life in Sainshand and in Sainshand´s own BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center. I’m sure this month will fly away as quick as September did and I’m still very excited of being in the start of this amazing adventure!