Week 6

The last week of interning consisted of leaving the city for some fieldwork. I am very grateful to my boss, Sergelen, for sending us out with the surveyors because it was just an excuse to let us travel around the country.

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Week 5

After finally getting the green light from Gallup, Sant Maral’s work finally began. As interns, our job is basically quality control; ensuring that surveyors are following the rules set in place by Gallup. For instance, if a male is randomly selected to be interviewed, we listen to the audio recordings to make sure a male is answering the questions. If a surveyor is completing interviews on their first attempt every single time, they are probably cutting corners.

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Week 4

One of Mongolia’s main sports is basketball. For nine days straight, Ulaanbaatar hosted different FIBA international 3v3 basketball tournaments right in front of the parliament building. I imagined how crowded it would be if the same thing happened in DC. Tickets were dirt cheap and there was plenty of room in the bleachers so I spent an entire afternoon watching about a dozen games.

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Week 3

While facetiming my dad, he asked whether I could see myself living in UB long term. I’m really enjoying it so far, but it’s a daily struggle to keep up the healthy lifestyle I’ve prioritized for years. Gyms are expensive and I get stares when I go on jogs. Good quality fruits and vegetables are hard to come by, even in the places geared towards foreigners.

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Week 2

The first day of our internship was this week. Our main tasks are dependent on completed surveys. However, training for the interviewers hasn’t even started yet, so we don’t have much to do.  I’ve caught a coworker playing computer games and drinking beers. The only meaningful task I completed was matching a physical copy of this year’s World Poll to the module on Dooblo. I had to go through it twice in order to answer every single question, which meant coming up eight imaginary people who were forced to work and marry. It took hours to finish!

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