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Bangladesh Community Development

Bangladesh Community Development

Take part in a number of ongoing projects aimed at improving the local infrastructure in the more remote parts of Bangladesh, a land rich in history and cultural delights.

Prices from $1,895

You will be helping deprived communities in rural or urban areas to move towards a brighter and healthier future by contributing to community work in many different capacities, as well as enjoying the rich cultural heritage that this vast and magical country has to offer.

Visit a land rich in history and cultural delights when you take a gap year or year out in Bangladesh. Home to the longest beach in the world, ancient royal ruins and friendly passionate people, you'll find that this captivating part of the world has a lot to offer visitors. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries on the planet, which whilst making it a fascinating destination for travellers does however bring its attendant problems. The inhabitants of Bangladesh face many challenges associated with its huge population size combined with its underperforming economy and the annual cycle of catastrophic cyclones and floods.


  • Form long lasting friendships with the welcoming local communities
  • Improve the livelihoods of those in deprived local areas


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Bangladesh
Activities Teaching
Ad hoc community projects eg. water purification / drainage systems
Help running outreach clinics
Painting and renovation
Assisting with educational programmes
Transport Airport pick-up & transport to the project site
Accommodation Volunteer dormitory or homestay



Before you go Pre-departure support & documentations
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on equipment & visas
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country 2 meals a day
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Bangladesh's ever increasing population faces a multitude of problems which are compounded by the effects of globalisation and climate change. About a third of the country floods annually during the monsoon season, hampering economic development and causing epidemics of waterborne diseases. Overcrowding means that many people are forced to live on flood prone land or in equally unacceptable and debilitating living conditions, leading to a cycle of deprivation and its attendant problems. You can help liberate people from this cycle by volunteering on this programme and contributing to the development of solutions to improve the lives of these struggling communities.


Whilst on your placement, you could take part in a number of ongoing projects aimed at improving basic living conditions for the local community. The main focus of the programme is running a school for 500 underprivileged children, providing them with basic free food and medical treatment. The work on the programme will also involve you in a number of other community development initiatives such as infrastructure projects and may entail duties ranging from helping build a new medical centre to setting up a water purification plant for fresh drinking water or working on basic hygiene and health awareness campaigns. Assisting in educational programmes that focus on health and family planning is particularly helpful as it contributes directly to reducing future overcrowding.


Upon arrival at the airport in Dhaka you will be met and transferred to your project site.


You will immerse yourself fully within the Bangladeshi community by staying with a local family or living in a volunteer house. This will give you a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to gain an insightful understanding of the true culture of this intriguing country. Your host community will ensure that your stay is both comfortable and exciting and you may get the chance to experience some of their traditional festivals and customs at first hand.


You will be provided with two meals a day. The food will generally be simple and nutritious, with rice being a staple part of the diet. Vegetarians can easily be catered for and you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the delicious fresh produce available at local markets or the delicate curries on offer in nearby restaurants, which offer extremely good value meals.


Accommodation is on site, and your project travel will be entirely catered for. Should you wish to explore further afield, the friendly staff will be happy to help you organise tours and transportation.

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In your spare time you will be sure to want to discover this special country which still remains relatively unexplored by tourists. A range of cultural and adventure activities are available and prices can be agreed with local people. Discover the multifaceted and ancient religious heritage that has shaped this unusual country into what it is today by visiting some of the fascinating temples and museums. Many of these house unique and breathtaking examples of Buddhist and Hindu art and samples of the incredible artisan crafts that comprise a vital and integral part of Bangladesh's culture. Travel to the lush landscapes of the Sundarbans National Park, a spectacular area of extreme natural beauty which is home to the last remaining areas of the Gangetic plain jungle and species such as deer, crocodiles, river dolphins and of course the mighty Bengal Tiger.


4 weeks $1,895

Extra week $295


Weekly/Volunteers welcome any time


You can join this project for a minimum of 4 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentations
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on equipment & visas
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)


  • 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Dhaka (DAC)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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