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Tsendmaa Gan-Erdene

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How do you I get a fund to attend TED conference?

So I have received this complimentary pass to attend TEDWomen this December, yet I don't have any money to travel. How do I find travel grant or scholarship to attend the conference? Any advice?

PS: Some people might thing I have attended TED conference before, but the badge was given because I got complimentary pass for TEDWomen 2013 in December.

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    Sep 5 2013: You might try your employer, an organization of which you are a part, or, if you are a student, the grants and fellowships office at your university.
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    Sep 12 2013: well, are you saying $1100 one-way, or $1100 round-trip? How important is this conference to you, Tsendmaa, why does it matter? If you decided you might not be able to make it, would you let TED know so they can give the seat to someone else?

    I rarely travel. I think sometimes you can get cheaper rates if you depart from a major city, is Ulaanbaatar a major city, perhaps you could travel by car to a more major city airport if it will help you get cheaper rates. Is Mongolia part of China, perhaps a flight from Beijing to San Francisco would be cheaper than one that departed Ulaanbaatar? I would think maybe you can get cheaper rates if you book far in advance, if you booked now for instance you might get cheaper rates, maybe you can book without there being a penalty if you cancel later, in case you don't go, it seems to me you can ask.

    My mom had mentioned asking Christian groups for the money, are christian groups allowed in Mongolia, she said they might give you the money because they're hoping to convert you to Christianity? Perhaps you could propose to give them a talk after you returned I mean if there are churches where you can give a talk, give them a talk about what happened at the conference, but are there churches in Mongolia?
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      Sep 13 2013: Mongolia is not part of China, so we have only one international airport, which is far away from Beijing. I have been trying to spread new ideas to the people around me for last 2 years, since I graduated from school. I organize 1-2 TEDx events every year. It is important to me to experience the global, so for my future events. Our team is actually live streaming TEDWomen here in Mongolia too, licensed name under TEDxUlaanbaatarWomen. I've heard we have churches in Mongolia, but I am Buddhist. Not sure about changing my religion for money.
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        Sep 14 2013: Thanks, Tsendmaa. Well, a librarian told me about an organization called International Women's Association of Mongolia, I believe they are in your city of Ulaanbaatar. Maybe they'd give you some money, perhaps you could agree to come afterward and give them a talk on what you learned at the conference. Also, there is something called the Global Fund for Women, located in San Francisco and New York city, perhaps they could help?

        TED conversations wrote back and said you should talk to the department of TED that gave you a ticket, possibly they could help you. I'm still waiting for an answer from the more general part of TED, as I wrote to both conversations@ted.com, and to contact@ted.com.

        I do have one friend who travels a great deal internationally, a university professor in Idaho. I'll write and see if he has any ideas for you.

        I'm curious, when you accepted the ticket, did you think know you might not have enough money to go? Or did you just go on fairth that you'd get the money? How do you have friends in California?

        So Mongolia is a separate country?
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    Sep 12 2013: Hi Greg,

    You are so nice. God bless you. I have few friends in California, so I am not going to spend a money on hotel and living expenses. I am traveling from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to San Francisco, USA, and it usually costs $1100 at cheapest rate. I don't get paid much so I just spend my money on rent, utilities etc. I am thinking to teach kids part time so that I can make some extra cash.
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    Sep 9 2013: Well, have you posed the question to TED itself, I'm sure they've encountered this question before. I don't mean posting the question on this section, the conversations section, but writing to the organization, or phoning them, in New York City. One thing, can you find out if anyone from your area is also going, perhaps they have the same problem and have found a way to solve it, perhaps if you travel together, or book lodging together, you can get reduced rates?

    Possibly someone in your community, I mean a private person, has funded scholarships at your local coleges and universities, and might be willing to contribute money to your sojourn? Or is there a women's organization that might help with the costs, perhaps if you came back and gave them a talk after it was over? Here in California my mother belongs to an organization that funds scholarships for young women, and most of the women in the organization are quite wealthy.

    If you want more time on this conversation, click "edit" and add more time. If you want to contact TED, I believe the email address is contact@ted.com.
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        Sep 11 2013: Hi, T. Well, I wrote to TED and described your situation and asked if they have any ideas for you, when I hear back I'll let you know what they say. But you can still write them.

        Have you considered staying in a youth hostel, I hear these are really cheap although I don't know why they are cheap.

        What if you sat down and looked at your current budget and looked for ways to save money? For example, if you currently eat out at restaurants you could stop doing that for a while to save money.

        Can you tell us exactly how far you would have to travel to this conference, and how long you would stay there, perhaps if we had a more specific picture we could give better suggestions.
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          Sep 12 2013: Hi Greg,

          You are so nice. God bless you. I have few friends in California, so I am not going to spend a money on hotel and living expenses. I am traveling from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to San Francisco, USA, and it usually costs $1100 at cheapest rate. I don't get paid much so I just spend my money on rent, utilities etc. I am thinking to teach kids part time so that I can make some extra cash.