Placement dates (excluding travel time): 20 Mar 2020 - 10 Jun 2020
Cost: £2,950.00 ($3,558.59 approx)
Application deadline: 11 Nov 2019
Interviews: 29 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019 Tearfund, Teddington (GB
Pre-departure training: 14 Jan 2020 - 16 Jan 2020 TBC (GB)

ABOUT

Work alongside our partner Baptist Aid as they support communities in Bangladesh to support young people, serve the community, and respond to climate change.

Spend three months immersing yourself in local life and gaining an insight into poverty reduction, community empowerment and children’s rights. You’ll be working alongside our partner Baptist Aid, whose main aim is to see children and young people empowered and recognised in the community, to build a resilient future.

Baptist Aid is the aid and development arm of Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF), the largest Protestant denomination in Bangladesh. It believes that a community thrives when the children of the community are fed, sheltered, educated, protected, valued, and loved.

Baptist Aid also supports families and the wider community by establishing self-help groups, improving health services and by raising awareness of justice, rights and gender issues.

What will you be doing?

  • Participating in community activities and programmes, such as drug awareness and environmental conservation.
  • Training children and young people on disaster risk reduction strategies such as flood prevention (training given).
  • Ministry in church with different age groups including children, youth and older people.
  • Teaching English as a foreign language.
  • Training and sharing basic computer skills.
  • Teaching and training in local government schools.
  • Serving in the ‘Skills and Leadership Development' programme for youth.

What can you bring?

We’re looking for people who are flexible, adaptable and who would love the chance to spend three months living in Bangladesh. You’ll be willing to learn about poverty reduction and how the church responds to the issues faced by communities in Bangladesh. You’ll be ready to work in a team with volunteers from the UK and Bangladesh, and be excited about learning from their perspectives.

Get a £100 fundraising discount

Do you have a friend who wants to volunteer with us too?

Once you’ve applied you can refer a friend to come on a 3 or 6 month placement in 2020. Both you and your friend will get a £100 discount!

The friend you refer has to be a brand new applicant to Tearfund. They can apply to any of our 3 and 6 month opportunities to volunteer overseas in 2020.

Simply contact us at go@tearfund.org or call 020 3906 3111 to let us know they are applying. Once we receive their application forms and their deposit we'll apply the discount for both of you.

*Please note…

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.

FAQs

Worried about costs?

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.

What will I be doing?

All sorts! It totally depends on which country you chose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we’re normally correct when we say...

  • You’ll be learning loads
  • You’ll be supporting our partner to keep up their fantastic work
  • You’ll be making new friends
  • You’ll be growing in your relationship with God

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.

Where will I stay and what will I eat?

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!

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

Sometimes it's hard to navigate your way around new sites, so we'd love to chat to you over the phone or email. 

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