NGOs and other charitable organisations have a big presence in Bangladesh and many welcome help from foreign visitors. The following organisations may be able to provide information on volunteer opportunities, but Lonely Planet does not endorse any organisations that we do not work with directly, and you should carry out your own research to make sure that organisations are operating according to accepted best practice.
Banchte Shekha Fights to improve the quality of life for poor women and children in and around the Jessore region.
BRAC One of the world’s largest NGOs; has a range of internship programs.
BRIF Works to raise the socio-economic conditions of poor people across the area. May have volunteer opportunities for skilled workers in fields such as agriculture, business, IT, teaching and childcare.
CRP The only organisation of its kind in Bangladesh; focuses on a holistic approach to rehabilitation. May offer short-term volunteer opportunities as well as longer-term positions for medically trained professionals such as physiotherapists.
RDRS Works on health, education and agricultural projects in Bangladesh’s far northwest. Has a formal internship program.
Most foreign workers in Bangladesh are involved in aid and development. To work in Bangladesh, a Bangladeshi company must apply for a work permit on your behalf.
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