We have interviewed Damdinsuren and Batgerel from Mongolia.



・Country of origin: Mongolia
・Year of arrival in Japan: 2020
・Status of residence: Technical Intern Trainee
・Japanese skill: N3


・Country of origin: Mongolia
・Year of arrival in Japan: 2019
・Status of residence: Technical Intern Trainee
・Japanese skill: N2


Why did you come to Japan? What made you decide to come to Japan?

When I was in Mongolia, reading a book made me want to go to a different country, meet more people, and learn more. At that time, Japan felt closest to me, maybe because Sumo wrestling is similar to Mongolian wrestling. I was also intrigued by Japanese history and medicine when I heard that Mount Fuji connects underground to Mount Otgontenger in Mongolia. So I decided to go to Japan and start learning Japanese. 

I like learning foreign languages. I have studied two to three foreign languages before. From an early age, I loved Japanese-related things, such as Japanese movies, so I decided to learn Japanese and enrolled in a Japanese language school.Nursing care jobs were announced at our Japanese language school in Mongolia. At that time, it was the first time in my life that I had ever heard about nursing care jobs.

What sparked your interest in becoming a care worker?

I am a nurse by profession. I grew up with my grandmother, but unfortunately, I couldn’t be with her when she died eight years ago.After that I decided to work in nursing care, because I wanted to help other older people live a more peaceful and happy life until they die. 

What makes you feel rewarded and happy about doing care work?

Because my job is to interact with people, I become happier when I see that the users are delighted. Also, it cheers me up when they sleep well at night and wake up full of energy.When you work long enough, you can sense your user’s physical condition, just like a family. That is what inspires me the most from my work.

I am happy when I hear a user’s compliment and when I read their thank you note. 

What are the good points about the nursing care facility you are currently working in?

I can’t compare my facility to other nursing care facilities because I don’t know about them. My colleagues are very friendly, helpful and always support each other. In addition, the green area in our facility is very impressive and, I like it a lot.

The advantage of this nursing care facility is that it has many experienced employees. Currently, I am working at a “short-stay” facility, and the employees of this unit are very talented and experienced,all having 3 to 10 years of experience. Therefore, they usually assist and help me when I encounter some difficulties.

What are the good points about the region you are currently living in?

One of the advantages is that my region is close to Tokyo. However, because of Covid-19, I haven’t been to Tokyo yet. I am looking forward to going there. Also, I heard that Tokyo is one of the safest places for natural disasters. 

What are the most impressive memories and episodes of your life in Japan?

I went to the Uchiwa festival of Kumagaya city in July, 2019. It was my first time to attend a festival in Japan, and it was impressive for me. 

What are your goals and dreams for the future?

I am aiming to improve my Japanese skill in a short time. In the future, I want to study social welfare and public health in Japan. 

What is your message to those who are thinking of being a care worker in Japan

I will advise people who want to work as a care worker to listen to your heart. If you do this job only for the sake of salary, then you might get discouraged. It is not a difficult job if you treat people properly and kindly.You should study the physical and psychological characteristics of elderly people and improve your listening ability. Listening to Japanese podcasts and watching movies in Japanese are excellent exercises for learning Japanese.

To those who come and work as a care worker, it is challenging work, but once you get used to it, you can enjoy the work.There are many difficulties, times of happiness, and of course, things to learn. Also, caring for the elderly is a great deed.

What makes you happy about working as a care worker?

It makes me feel happy when user’s constipation is relieved or they eat and sleep well. I felt overwhelming happiness one time when my hands were cold, one of the users held my hand and said that “you have cold hands but a warm heart”. 

My happiest moment was when people with dementia remembered my name. 

What was your first experience working as a care worker?

I am learning from my colleagues that even the smallest things are also important. 

After I began work as a care worker, I experienced my first job of changing a person’s diaper, assisting bathing, and giving first aid.Most recently, for the first time, I learned how to call an ambulance and what to do when they arrived

After working as a care worker, has the image of nursing care service changed?

When I first started to learn about nursing care work, I didn’t exactly get the right information. It was all new for me. For example, what I will do, who are the users,what is the difference between caring for elderly in Mongolia and in Japan, what is the dementia disease and so on.In Mongolia, there are not many people with dementia disease, therefore I didn’t know how to communicate and care for them. Since coming here, I have learned a lot of things.

Was there any difficulty getting information about nursing care jobs once you learned about the jobs but before arriving in Japan? How did you resolve this problem?

I did a lot of self-preparation exercises, especially for listening, because I thought it would be difficult to speak with and understand Japanese people.

After working as a care worker is there anything from that experience which you find useful to your life?

I am learning how to work in a Japanese organization. It is a great experience.

I have learned how to give first aid. Also, I learned what action I should take depending on a person’s body temperature. 

Do you think your experience as a care worker has conributed to your development as a person?

I learned how to communicate with older people and understand them very well. Also, I learned to control my emotions. 

I have become very calm since working a care worker. Also, I learned to control my own emotions.

What advice would you give to people in your own country who are thinking about coming to Japan?

I hope that once the COVID-19 disease is over, a more interesting and fun part of my life will begin. Japan has a lot of fun things to do with the ocean and the mountains.I also want to eat traditional Japanese cuisine and take the Shinkansen, which is a modern train. I heard that there is a snowy place like winter even when it is a hot summer.The summer is sweltering outside, meantime here inside the office it is cold.

Work as a care worker is difficult and stressful, therefore don’t spend your time in Japan just focused on work and saving money.Spend your time doing things you love. For example, if you like to play music then play a piece of music or if you want to do some sports do sports.I think if you work as efficiently as possible, all will be more fun and more peaceful.

What is your favorite Japanese food?

Japanese yogurt is similar to Mongolian plain yogurt. Therefore I became a yogurt fan here. 

There are delicious foods, sweets, and cakes in Japan. Japan has many types of cakes and sweets, which is rare in Mongolia.Mainly, I was impressed by the raisin cake when I first tasted it.

Where is your favorite scenic spot in your region in Japan?

The nearest park has beautiful nature and trees. I like to go there during the weekends. 

The “short-stay” facility organizes outdoor activities with my users and we once went to see a plum tree park.Since in Mongolia, flowers rarely bloom in March, it was very nice for me to see flowers blooming in March for the first time. It’s definitely one of the most memorable moments of my stay in Japan.