Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and much of the land sits just above sea level. This, alongside the increasing impacts of climate change, has left many vulnerable to natural disasters such as cyclones and flooding. You will be working alongside Tearfund’s partner LAMB as they aim to provide vital healthcare and disaster preparedness training for those most in need across Bangladesh.
Founded in the 1960s, LAMB’s aim is to see communities transformed by the love of God. Their key areas of work are medical training, research and healthcare provision. They own and run a local hospital and training centre in Northwest Bangladesh serving around 50,000 patients a year. They also work with communities looking at midwifery-led pregnancy care, health promotion and disaster preparedness. Providing training to local groups on how to stay healthy before and during natural disasters, this project also includes a focus on addressing the causes and effects of climate change in the local area.
Spend four weeks supporting LAMB as they practically share God’s love and care for the people of Bangladesh.
What will you be doing?
What can you bring?
The cost mentioned above includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food.
For information on additional costs, check out our FAQ section below.
When we first meet you at an interview day or at pre-departure training, we will give you some ideas about fundraising. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog with eight fundraising tips.
We don’t ask you to pay the whole cost all at once!
When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, interviewing and/or assigning you to a team.
After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for administrative, preparatory, in-country and other costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.
You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.
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Here are some recent examples.
In Cambodia: Tearfund’s partner CHO, works closely with children, providing education. Volunteers have brought their personal education experience to help teach english, run sports and lead bible studies. CHO also has an incredible Social Enterprise called Destiny Cafe where the volunteers get an opportunity to work alongside locals and develop new innovative ways to expand business in the area.
In India: Tearfund’s partners have invited prayer teams to join them for two weeks. Volunteers bring their fresh enthusiasm and commitment to prayer, coming alongside partners and beneficiaries, often resulting in a fresh awakening of God’s power at work.
This totally varies from team to team, but we can guarantee that you will have a mattress under you and a roof over you! You may be sleeping in a church, house, school, or simple guesthouse. Two-week teams tend to live in a guesthouse with running water. Food will usually be a mixture of local food and English food. It's hard to predict what you will encounter so you need to expect the unexpected. Our most common complaint from teams is that they are treated too well!
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