Since GER to GER’s humble beginnings as a concept paper that was being developed between 2003 to 2005 that followed into a under-funded social economic development initiative it has grown into a nationwide community development initiative. Rural communities, transportation networks and even remote nomadic families have been systematically included into GER to GER’s new approach to community based tourism development via social economic supply and value chains; a hybrid of ancient ways and modern methodologies.

Below are just some of our communities and their locals that share their history and testimonials:

Arhangai Province

On June 2005, three weeks after receiving a grant from the Swiss Development Center, Ger to Ger Team had carried out its first rapid rural asset mapping, field surveys and analysis, rural training of nomadic families and community stakeholders, designed its first marketing brochure, and sent out its first family of four on the newly established travel route. Over the next few months, with no previous marketing works, Ger to Ger had nearly sent out over 60 travelers in the first year. Within 4 months of the project implementation Ger to Ger had double and in some cases tripled the annual cash incomes of its participating families.

Mr. Batmunkh, Local Facilitator – “Ger to Ger contributed to our household income and we could pay our two sons’ University tuitions.”

Mr. Batdelger, Nomadic Herder – “I am happy that I did have earned enough money from Ger to Ger to spend for my daughter’s health when she was giving birth.”

Bulgan Province

In April 2007, Bulgan was the third self-financed implemented expansion route of Ger to Ger. This is the second route that Ger to Ger decided to implement within a competitive tourism region with the goal of working with nomadic families to provide an alternative working framework for locals.

Mrs. Ichinhorloo, Local Facilitator – “It has improved my household income and language knowledge. Ger to Ger project was very helpful to finish our small house construction in Rashaant village.”

Mrs. Dulamsuren, Nomadic Herder – “Our household increased. So now, I can pay my son’s tuition. I also purchased a new ger for my second son’ family.”

Darhan Uul Province

Spring 2009, well after a year and a half of observing the seasonal changes and migration of nomadic families to the surrounding Selenge Province, Darhan Uul (dead-center of Selenge Province) is a classic example of many regions of Mongolia that have GeoTourism assets and service suppliers but lack training, linkages, marketing, and etc. Its is for this prime reason that Ger to Ger is starting to work closely with the local government and other public-private sectors to bring about a symbiotic-regional approach towards GeoTourism development.

Dundgovi Province

In spring of 2006, USAID Director – Skip Waskins, had taken Ger to Ger to the next level by funding our Dundgovi Regional works via Mercy Corps International at a time when serious droughts were (and still are) hitting this Gobi region of Mongolia. Within a few months, Ger to Ger had established three community routes extending from the eastern region all the way to the south western region of Dundgovi – amazingly enough within two years Ger to Ger had recovered the donor grant amount towards the local economy. As of today, Dundgovi piloted and established the first regional route and has maintained its sustainability with annual increases of visitors every year. Starting winter 2009, CAMDA (Cambridge Appeal for Development in Mongolia) has co-financed the western Dundgovi expansion of Ger to Ger.

Mr. Tsembeldorj, Nomadic Herder – “Household income increased. Earned income spend for my health.”

Mr. Chimiddorj, Nomadic Herder – “Our household income has increased. So now, I can pay my daughter’s tuition. I have learned many things during the training and project.”

Ms. Oyunerdene, Nomadic Herder – “Ger to Ger project gave very good influences, a job and opportunity to learn foreign language etc, to my life. I have learned how to implement SME, communicate with domestic partners and travelers, become responsible, etc. In future, I will implement them. In addition, I have very nice team. In conclusion, I would like to say this project gave me willing and power to live in future.”

Mr. Ganbaatar and Mrs. Narangarav, Regional Facilitator – “Ger to Ger gave us a chance to start a guesthouse business and increase our income. In addition, we got tourism education and improved our language, knowledge and communication skills. Ger to Ger project is very good example of essential projects to provide real benefits and contributions to the local people’s livelihood. ”

Selenge Province

Spring 2009, well after a year and a half of observing the seasonal changes and migration of nomadic families as this region of Mongolia has seen an influx of nomadic families migrating from Uvs and other economically challenged Provinces. Selenge contains a vast amount of natural, historical and cultural wealth but faces the lack of localized industry service providers and market linkages. What is critical to the development of this region is the strengthening of symbiotic-regional partnerships with Darhan Uul as it has a strong potential to supply the region with human, educational, transportation and other services in the future.

Terelj National Park

In winter 2005, Ger to Ger set out to set up the first winter and year-round operational community routes in a location that had become overly commercialized with the objective to provide Ger to Ger frameworks, education, knowledge sharing and training workshops to reverse the ill effects of ‘tourism gone bad’. Since the successful implementation of Ger to Ger, participating nomadic families are becoming more systematic and professional in their approach of strengthening and expanding of Ger to Ger’s potential by introducing nomad organized and managed Naadam Festivals.

Mr. Tsembeldorj, Nomadic Herder – “Household income increased. Earned income spend for my health.”

Mr. Chuluuunhuu, Nomadic Herder – “Before we involve in Ger to Ger project we did not have own animals and we used to herd other people’s animals to feed our four daughters. We are very happy now to became member of Ger to Ger. We bought sheep, few cows and horses. Even we could send our two daughters to Universities.”

Mrs. Amarjargal, Nomadic Herder – “Ger to Ger made much contribution, we bought our own Ger with furniture.