Bangladesh, located to the east of and almost completely surrounded by India, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. As a volunteer, you will live and work in this complex and dynamic country, helping to improve quality of life in severely underprivileged communities.
General information on Bangladesh
Problems such as poverty and malnutrition are widespread in Bangladesh, and the efforts of our volunteers will go a long way toward improving the lives of those in need. You can get involved in various projects, whether it’s looking after children in a local care centre, working in a local hospital or medical centre in aiding patients or teaching English and other subjects in a local school.
Bordering India, Bangladesh is home to lush vegetation and nearly fifty wildlife sanctuaries; it is also one of the most populated countries in the world. More than 98 per cent of Bangladeshis speak Bengali, the country’s official language and locals enjoy their traditional meal of fish and rice and different types of biryani dishes. Although Bangladesh is one of the biggest peacebuilding forces to the United Nations, the country struggles with challenges that include poverty, famine, political issues and urban pollution.
Where we are based in Bangladesh
Projects Abroad provides the opportunity for volunteers to travel with purpose to Bangladesh. As it is a new Projects Abroad destination, our target start date for operations in Bangladesh is February 2016.
Projects Abroad is based in the capital in city of Dhaka, which is also known as the City of Mosques and described as the Venice of the East. Dhaka offers a humid tropic savanna climate and has a lively cultural life. Our volunteers will live with a local host family in Dhaka who will welcome them into their home and help them become part of the local community. Projects currently include medicine, care and teaching, with each offering a variety of roles that not only engage the volunteers and the people that they are helping, but also bring together people of all ages from different communities.
Travel and tourism in Bangladesh
Volunteers living and working in Dhaka will have plenty of opportunity to explore the stunning landscape around them, both over the weekends or after completing their placement.
Some of the top places to travel include the Dhakeshwari Temple, the Star Mosque and the well-known Lalbagh Fort, which was built in 1678 by then Viceroy of Bengal Prince Mohammad Azam. Dhaka has a very rich history and volunteers will be able to learn more about it at the Liberation War Museum and the Bangladesh national museum in the city centre. If exploring the city is on the agenda then take a ride on a boat along the Sadarghat River where you can soak up the chaos of the ship breaking yards, or take a ride on a rickshaw through the narrow lanes of Old Dhaka before exploring some of markets that the city has to offer.
For those looking for more leisurely activities, Dhaka has spent the last couple of decades building some of the largest shopping malls in the world, as well as some amazing amusement parks such as Fantasy Kingdom and Jamuna Future Park. Due to a surplus of cheap labour, international restaurant chains are also cheaper than in neighbouring countries so an evening meal out shouldn’t go a miss.