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Bangladesh Community Development

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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.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

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

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

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

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


 

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

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.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

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

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

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.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

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.

HOW WILL I GET TO WORK?

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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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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.

COSTS

4 weeks $1,895

Extra week $295

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly/Volunteers welcome any time

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 4 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Dhaka (DAC)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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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