Volunteer Action Project
Make global partnership for improving quality of life of our poor
vulnerable through exchanging skill, knowledge, and information and good
practices from International community.
Gaining good learning
from International community for socio economic development and presenting
quality of life especially for the poor.
information and knowledge for development, improvisation and innovation towards
eradicating extreme hunger and poverty.
Meanwhile some of the volunteers from all over the
world including Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, the
Netherlands, Korea, Spain and the USA joined with us for two weeks to two years
and shared their valuable skill, experience and time to contribute in assisting
development of poor people that’s enables us to learn from the international
community and BRIF is continuing the same efforts.
Volunteers Participant Information
Welcome to the BRIF team!
Thank you for volunteering to be involved with the BRIF. Your work will help to make a vital difference to the lives of underprivileged local people, and we hope that you will really enjoy your time with us. To help you prepare for your visit, we have put together this information pack which should cover everything you need to know. However, we are always on hand for any additional queries, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!
What to do now
•Book your flights. Unless you intend to travel around Bangladesh, please arrange for your flight to arrive into Dhaka, Please let us know your flight times and number once you have booked your ticket.
•Obtain a visa. Please refer to the guidelines from your country’s Bangladesh High Commission thoroughly, and allow enough time for your visa application, remembering to include all the necessary documentation and the correct fee. If need we will send you an Invitation Letter which you will need to show to your Bangladesh Embassy in order to obtain the visa. www.mofa.gov.bd
Please note: it is not possible to buy a visa at the airport. You must all other applicable documents as advised by your local Bangladesh High Commission to obtain an official visa in your passport before you fly.
•Arrange vaccinations, if required:
If you intend to stay in Bangladesh, You will not be exposed to risk of infection from some of the diseases in the country (eg: rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis). It is therefore up to you to decide if you would prefer to have these vaccinations. Similarly, the local area is not a malaria risk (there has been no case for decades). As some people experience unpleasant side affects from malaria tablets, it is up to you whether you take them.
We do, however, recommend that your Hepatitis and Tetanus vaccinations are up to date.
What to bring
•As the project site is in the heart of rural Bangladesh, it can be difficult to buy anything you might have forgotten to bring. So try to remember everything you would normally need for stay. eg: shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, contact lense solution if required, etc.
•Mosquito spray and bite relief cream
•A torch – power cuts are common. You may also find a lighter useful for candles.
•Clothes detergent is very useful – you may find you need to do a rinse of some of your clothes (there’s no washing machine!)
•Feel free to bring along anything which can be used with the group in the evenings, eg: cards, games, etc.
•A small amount of spending money (in US $, which we will help you change) for eating out, shopping, etc. You will not need much: most expenses are included in you’re per day food & accommodation fee (per day US$ 12 from January 2014). It is better to bring cash than travellers’ cheques as it can be hard to change cheques.
•Your US $350 placement fee, send to the volunteer co-ordinator before coming to Bangladesh over Western Union.
And what not to bring!
•There is no need to bring a sleeping bag unless you plan to do independent travel later.
•We will provide you with a mosquito net.
•You will not need a water filter – we will ensure you have a plentiful supply of clean water.
As part of Bangladesh tradition, female volunteers might like to wear some of our gorgeous saris or salwaar kameez, or you can bring some loose-fitting clothes from home. But unfortunately, we must ask you not to wear vest tops, tight t-shirts, shorts, or short skirts when you’re out and about. And for the male volunteers, we must ask you to wear a shirt or t-shirt when you’re not on the project site. Loose fitting clothes will help you stay cool and feel more comfortable as part of Bangladeshi culture.
Please note: It can get rather cool in December to January, so make sure you have something warm to wear in the evenings and mornings. www.bmd.gov.bd
Meeting at the airport
As soon as you have booked your flight, please email us with the time that you arrive into Dhaka airport and your flight number. We will be there to meet you, holding a BRIF sign. If there are any changes to your flight, please keep us informed.
We will do our best to be there on time – but very occasionally circumstances will make us a little late. Do not worry! We WILL be there for you. Just stay inside or just outside the airport.
BRIF is based 8 hours away from Dhaka, so we are only able to travel to Dhaka to meet volunteers. Therefore, please book your flight to arrive, during the day if possible. If you decide that you would like to spend some time in Bangladesh before/ after your work with BRIF, please let us know in advance and we will arrange a suitable place to meet you in Dhaka.
If you have any problems, please call us on
Cell Phone: (+88) 017 1320 0717 or
(+88) 017 2702 2013. or
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
First day’s orientation
Your first day will spent in Dhaka to help you get to know each other and to prepare you for your stay. It will also be an opportunity to see some of the hectic and vibrant capital city.
If required, this is when we can help you to change / withdraw money for your stay. Dhaka is also your last chance to buy any essentials you might have forgotten – there are a few shops near the project site, but not many!
At the placement
You will have a project co-ordinator with you at the placement, as well as a friendly team of BRIF staff, who will facilitate the project and help you to enjoy your stay.
Accommodation is at the BRIF campus in the small village of Goaldihi in rural Bangladesh. You will stay in a two bad room. We will provide you with pure drinking water and all your meals throughout the placement.
Facilities may be more basic than you are used to – we always do our best to ensure volunteers have everything they need, but please bear with us as rural Bangladesh is one of the poorest areas in the world, so resources are not always as we would wish them to be! If you have family members at home who will expect you to keep in regular contact, please warn them that phone lines and internet accessibility can sometimes be very unreliable. We will help you to contact home a couple of times during your stay, but please do reassure your families that you will be well looked after, and not to worry if they do not hear from you as often as they would like!
At the End
We will accompany you back to Dhaka on the bus, to get you at the airport. (unless you prefer to stay in Bangladesh for some tourism before travelling home. www.visitbangladesh.gov.bd
We hope you have found this useful. There is a lot more information on the website, including a page of top tips from previous volunteers. And if you have any more questions, please get in touch.
See you soon!
The BRIF team.
Volunteer Action Projects - Details
All your accommodation is covered in your placement fee. Your first night will be spent in our guest house in Dhaka, before we accompany you to rural north-west Bangladesh and the site of your project.
Many of the projects are based at the BRIF campus in the heart of Bangladesh's stunning countryside. Volunteers live in dormitory accommodation, where electricity, telephone and e-mail services are available. We will provide you with a mosquito net and clean drinking water is always available, as well as clean toilet and shower facilities.
Some projects are based in a local town for convenience: please see the project schedule for details of which ones.
You will be served three delicious meals a day by the BRIF cook, giving you a real flavour of local Bangladeshi cuisine. You may also like to bring along food from your own country to prepare and share with your international team.
Do I need to be able to speak Bangla?
We would be very impressed if you could! The project co-ordinator speaks great English as do many of the staff at BRIF - and those who don't love to try anyway! Although most people in Bangladesh do not speak English, you should not find this a problem during your project. However, we do ask that our volunteers are able to speak English - but if you're reading this that's a very good sign!
What will it cost?
-The programme fee is US$350. This will cover:
-Pick up from Dhaka airport
-Accommodation and meals in Dhaka on your first day
-Transport from Dhaka to your placement and back again at the end
-Local transport as part of scheduled activities
-Accommodation during your stay
-Meals during your stay
-Outings throughout your placement to help you see more of Bangladesh life
-Full time project co-ordinator who will be on hand to help, translate, and sort out any problems
-Materials for your placement
You will also need to budget for your flight, your visa, a small amount of spending money (everything here is very cheap), and enough to cover any travel you plan to do afterwards.
It is helpful to apply as early as possible. This will give you plenty of time to organise your vaccinations, visa, flights, etc. We recommend allowing 8 weeks from the date of your application to the date of your placement.
Please complete the volunteer application form and email it back to us. Alternatively, you can fax it or post it - see our contact details.
As soon as we have received your application, we will endeavour to match you with your first choice of placement. If your first choice is already fully subscribed, we will try to match you with your second or third choice: please only state second and third choices if you are happy to accept them. If we cannot place you in any of your choices, we will contact you as soon as possible and try to find a suitable arrangement.
Once we have fixed your placement, we will contact you immediately to confirm the details. You are then advised to start organising your flight, vaccinations, visa etc. We will send you an invitation letter which you will need to present to your local Bangladesh embassy when you apply for your visa.
You need to pay over Western Union or Bank to BRIF before coming.
Before you come out to join us, we will send out a pack to provide everything you need to know, including what to bring (and what not to bring!), currency, information about Bangladesh, and full details about your placement. We will of course also be on hand to answer any additional queries you may have. Please ensure we are able to contact you right up until you are due to arrive. This will enable us to let you know any vital information if necessary. Our main means of contact will be by e-mail.
Once we have accepted your application, we will send you an invitation letter which you can use to get your visa. Please refer to the guidelines from your country's Bangladesh High Commission thoroughly www.mofa.gov.bd, and allow enough time for your visa application. Obtaining a visa is normally straightforward so long as you include all the necessary documentation and the correct fee.
Please note: it is not possible to get a visa at the airport in Bangladesh. You must use the invitation letter plus all other applicable documents as advised by your local Bangladesh High Commission to obtain an official visa in your passport before you fly.
If you need to cancel for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible. This will give us a chance to enable a different volunteer to take your place on the project.
Others useful link: Tourist information: www.visitbangladesh.gov.bd
Bangladesh News Paper: www.thedailystar.net