Khusvegi English & Nomadic Culture Camp is a 30-day community-led slow tourism initiative that offers travelers the opportunity to live in the Kazakh nomadic community of Western Mongolia.
🇰🇿 In Western Mongolia, the Kazakh nomads are famous for their eagle hunting traditions and call the Bayan-Ulgii region their home.
🦅 Travelers learn first-hand about the nomadic culture and eagle hunting traditions while investing in the community long-term by way of teaching English to students.
🛖 Khusvegi Camp aims to create language equity and preserve the nomadic culture and eagle hunting traditions for the benefit of both travelers and the local community.
💬 Use English teaching as a way to connect with the young members of the community while experiencing different aspects of nomadic culture through daily interactions via family-hosted dinners, cultural exchange and field trips.
🏔 Participants will learn and experience first-hand the local cuisines, herding, weaving, migration, eagle hunting traditions, and more.
🙏🏽 As a social enterprise our mission is to forge long term human connections that will be mutually beneficial to both travelers and the Kazakh nomads.
👉 Join our Facebook community at facebook.com/KhusvegiCamp/
🏆 We're a proud winner of the Social Entrepreneurship in Tourism Competition, supported by TUI Care Foundation, UNWTO, Travel Massive, and industry partners. Learn more at socialtourismcompetition.com
Hello, everyone! I'm Marinel. I'm the co-founder of Khusvegi English & Nomadic Culture Camp. I'm a former human rights lawyer from Washington, DC, USA turned founder of a mountain trekking social enterprise, Equity Global Treks, and solutions-focused travel journalist at the media platform, Brown Gal Trekker, which focuses on equity and inclusion in the tourism and outdoor industries.
I co-founded this tourism initiative with Bakhitgul Altay, a guide and English teacher from the Kazakh nomadic community, after living with the nomads in the region and teaching English to the young eagle hunters myself during my 294 days in Mongolia as a stranded traveler in 2020. I co-founded this initiative based on my first-hand experience with the community and the desires of the Kazakh eagle hunters to preserve their eagle hunting traditions and nomadic culture, as well as, to attain language equity for the young generation of nomads.
We are excited to launch the pilot program for Khusvegi Camp in June of 2022. The Kazakh nomadic community is excited to host travelers in their community and engage in cultural exchange with tourists from all over the world. It's a once in a lifetime chance to be a nomad and celebrate life with the eagle hunters.
Our application process is now open for June, 2022 Khusvegi Camp. You can learn more and apply via: www.browngaltrekker.com/mongolia/khusvegicamp
Yes - the eagle hunting community is ecstatic to be hosting their own tourism initiative. We hope to emulate the project and initiate this in other local/indigenous communities worldwide that wish to acquire language equity as a means to elevate their community members.
This looks great! I would love to get involved 😊
Check out our website: www.browngaltrekker.com/mongolia/khusvegicamp and Facebook community: www.facebook.com/groups/1132384353919961
Great initiative and congrats again to winning the 2021 Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism in the Launch Track!
Thanks Lisa - it was amazing to make this idea come to life with the help of everyone involved in the competition. Thank you for that!
Just saw that the applicaitons for 2023 camp are open (JUNE 12-JULY 11):
Thanks for sharing - we look forward to hosting the 2nd session of the Khusvegi Camp this year- we have a few spots left!