YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE
Join TeamMC on its annual volunteer trip to Bangladesh. Soak up the cultural delights while you participate and immerse yourself in all the Children of the World projects in Bangladesh.
The trip is no way a holiday rather an emotional roller-coaster that will challenge your purpose and feed your soul.
The trip is very carefully organised with experienced staff from the UK and Bangladesh and fully inclusive which means you don’t have to worry about anything.
To join the tour, we simply ask that you book your own flights and pay £450 towards your hotels, food, transport and internal flights.
We also humbly ask each participant to raise a minimum of £2,000 excluding any gift aid towards the projects that we will interact with during the tour.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
Your Bangladeshi adventure with TeamMC starts in Sylhet. Home to lush green field paddy fields, beautiful tea estates, and home to the diaspora Bangladeshi community in the UK.
Sylhet town hosts some of the most expensive real estate in Bangladesh. However, it’s also home to some of the most deprived communities. This community is primarily the hidden workforce of Sylhet and made up of low-income families.
Most of the children are unregistered and therefore find it extremely difficult to join mainstream schooling. The expectation is that once the children are 8-10, they will also contribute to the family.
Muslim Charity with your help has started a new school to support these children. It gives access to pre-primary education and prepares them for mainstream school. We use informal play to give young people the confidence and social skills so they too can benefit from an education.
You will spend time volunteering at the school shadowing and playing games under the supervision of our champion teachers.
Muslim Charity refurbishes and builds school around the world. As part of the Bangladesh tour, we will be supporting a Sylheti school establishing a new library.
Libraries are an essential component of all schools and a community. However, young people in rural villages have very little access if any to books or educational materials.
Here you will help put the finishing touches to the library with other students and handover the keys to all the students.
Cox’s Bazaar is the home of the longest unbroken beach in the world and one of the most beautiful areas of Bangladesh. It’s here that we have initiated the first street children homes. These are homes for former street children who have no family. This oasis is where their healing process will begin and where children can finally be children again. Here you will volunteer for the day working on-site, visiting the home, and spending the day with all the children.
One of the most densely populated cities in the world but filled with history, culture, and amazing street food.
You will spend time with the outreach workers on the ground shadowing them and learning more about detached work with street children. We will visit some of the sites where children congregate where you will learn more about their lives as well as their struggles. Our time in Dhaka will also include a day visit to Daulatdia the 4th biggest brothel in the world. There you will meet children of the brothel who we will support through our daycare centre. We will finish our adventure in Bangladesh by visiting our transitional shelter and a home where children can finally rest and restart their lives as children again.
Please note that the itinerary can change with short notice. Please do not plan any other activities during the tour rather build in any personal extensions/stay before or after the tour.
Tour Fee: £450
(excluding international flight)
The tour fee can be paid in 2 instalments but must be paid fully 4 weeks before travel.
Please check your dates and availability as we cannot offer any refunds on the fees.
This amount will cover all transport, hotel, food and accommodation costs whilst in Bangladesh and it is based on 2 persons sharing one room. Muslim Charity will manage and arrange all of these logistics in Bangladesh including pick-up and drop-off to airports.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
The fee does not include the UK to Bangladesh (Sylhet) return flights.
The flight you will need to book is;
Outgoing: the UK – Dhaka – Sylhet
Incoming: Dhaka – UK
Muslim Charity staff are on hand should you need any advice on booking your flight. We ask that all participants arrive by Friday 2nd October 2020 and be available for the evening introduction meeting at 8 pm at the hotel. Once we know your arrival time a representative will be waiting at the airport to pick you up.
As foreign nationals, we will need to apply for a visa from the Bangladesh consulate. The Bangladesh visa services are available in London and Manchester.
Please apply for a tourist visa: www.bhclondon.org.uk/tourist-visa
If you have Bangladeshi heritage you can apply for a ‘No Visa required’ Visa stamp. This entitles you to visit Bangladesh without obtaining a visa. There is also a Visa on arrival service in Dhaka where you can obtain a visa for your stay.
Please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee your visa or entry. Please seek advice from the embassy before you book your flights and pay your registration fee. If you need any help Muslim Charity staff are on hand to advise and guide you through the process.
HOW TO REGISTER?
If you would like to register, please do so by clicking the link below.
All you require to guarantee your place is to pay the non-refundable £50 registration fee and a further £400 8 weeks before you travel.
When you have registered you will be redirected to your JustGiving fundraising page where you can customise your story for your donors and supporters.
To help with spreading the cost of the tour you can pay the remainder in 2 instalments. Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this initiative when registering.
For more information please call Moheen Uddin, Community Engagement Officer who will be happy to help with any additional questions or queries on 0207 100 4930/07999 471 176 or email [email protected]