In January, I worked furiously on developing my peer mentoring program while my school was occupied with Christmas holidays. It is going well and the kids are sooo cute and I’m really happy that it is working! I’m going to present the program at that annual worldwide Social Workers Conference that his happening in June! That will be held in Ulaanbaatar. I’ve got my Masters research and peer mentoring program working in tandem finally and things are going well with that balancing act. I believe that I’ll return to UW and (crossing my fingers) it will be an okay finish with tons of stress and frustrations, etc., but I think it will be okay.
Samantha arrived for her visit to Mongolia and we’ve enjoyed spending time together. She is a great cook and reintroduced me to what tasty food is like and also helps me to work on my neat art projects. Last weekend, we were in UB for a volleyball tournament that she played in and between her games I would wander about the huge stadium and sketch in my Moleskin. Some of the guys from the men’s volleyball/ basketball team had me sketch them too. It was a fun weekend all around.
As summer approaches I’ve started to think about what I’ll be doing. Of course, I’ll be writing up my research, but I hope to be spending as much time outdoors working on illustration projects. I’ve been working on a proposal and research plan to go back out to Arkhangai (where I hiked with Samantha last year) to study how the herders make a dairy snacks called aaruul and how they live in the countryside. I’ll be taking my counterpart, a PC friend and fantastic photojournalist, and translator for the ~2 week adventure. I’ve been working on developing a style of comics that depicts anthropology topics like cultural heritage practices. Right now, I’m working on one about how Mongolians make one of their national dishes called, tsuivan.
I’ve also been shown on a great website for urban sketchers enthusiasts. Check out my entry from March 3:
Samantha and Jessica chatting at my place.
Samantha was taking a nap.
This is the original illustration that I drew while Samantha and I were eating breakfast in UB.
I experimented with the illustration by coloring it in Photoshop.
Samantha watching the volleyball games between her matches.
This was the stadium where Samantha competed in a volleyball tournament with community members from Choir.
This is a painting that I saw at an art museum in UB and I drew it.
This is an illustration of another painting I saw in UB.
Samantha on the train. This is another experiment with coloring in Photoshop.
Samantha on the train.
Seeing the first sunrise of the lunar new year on Tsaagan Sar.
Samantha and I celebrating Tsaagan Sar with my counterpart’s family.
My friend, Amgaa, the railroad police officer. I drew a comic to inform people about the issue of human trafficking in Mongolia. Amgaa helped me to hang the artwork up at the train station.
Showing my trafficking in persons comic at the train station.
Agaa Egee peer mentoring program