The BWCA offers three different programs:
- Standard Work Camps (short-term)
- Round the Year Programs (RTYP/long-term)
- Knowing and Enjoying Bangladesh
Standard Work Camps: The short-term program gives the opportunity for participants to explore a friendly atmosphere, engage in international understanding and exchanging ideas & opinions through a teamwork effort. It also provides an opportunity for integration with a new society, culture, tradition and life style of Bangladeshi rural and urban people. There is an opportunity to enjoy tourism facilities around Bangladesh before or after the program with the help of BWCA, if participants are interested. Current Work Camps
RTYP: The Round The Year Program (RTYP) allows participants to collaborate with local partner organizations in rural and urban area with a minimum assignment of 3 (three) months. Current RTYP
Knowing and Enjoying Bangladesh: A three to six week tourism program around your deserving place in Bangladesh. As BWCA has undertaken an exclusive tourism program for guiding overseas tourist in Bangladesh. Interested overseas people who prefer and looking for cheapest & adventuring traveling, we welcome them in Bangladesh any time they want to apply henceforth. It is also open for the volunteers before or after joining any voluntary activities (Short or Medium term project) Please contact us through E-mail: email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed information of “Knowing Bangladesh”.
The BWCA charge a requisite amount of participation fee from each volunteer as per Camp/Program-RTYP separately upon their arrival at BWCA Office before the program. This participation fee includes processing/administrative cost, food, accommodation, internal travel cost and contribution to BWCA Solidarity Fund (if any surplus) before and during the camp only. Registration fee fixed on the basis of every camp budget which is announced in the camp information sheet.
For the RTYP, volunteers required to pay requisite participation fee before the program starts on arrival at BWCA Office, which covers processing/administrative, accommodation, internal travel cost relating to the project work and contribution to BWCA Solidarity Fund as well. The initial participation fee charged for the first 3 (Three) months assignment. In addition to their first assignment, if any volunteer needs to extend his/her assignment further period, the additional subsidiary participation fee will be charged according to the set criteria i.e. per month basis. Moreover, volunteers should have to pay for their food subsidy to the BWCA along with their participation fee (per day per person basis) in addition to their participation fee i.e. (P. Fee + Food subsidy).
Volunteers are expected to work (voluntary manual labor) for 4-5 hours per day, 5-6 days per week. In each camp, volunteers will take part in constructing low cost, environmentally friendly sanitation systems with locally available raw materials along with local people. Participation of volunteers involve plantation of a variety of trees and saplings for timber and fruits, construction and repair of roads, schools and any other philanthropic organizations. Volunteers organize free eye camps for the poor people whose are suffering from cataract disease. They take part in assisting surgeons/doctors for the eye camp and help eye patients by nursing, maintaining hygienic atmosphere and providing food.
In the case of RTYP Volunteer, s/he will cooperate with local NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) staff and volunteering in their regular activities such as agriculture, sanitation, health care, work with disable people, literacy, women’s welfare, organizational development, helping in administration and mobilizing resources. Volunteers and organizers often work together to design programs.
Volunteers usually stay in a local community center or local organization’s dormitory and in some cases female volunteers accommodated in a family. Volunteers need to bring sleeping bag/sleeping mat. The dormitory structure is made of complete building or bricked wall roofed by iron sheets. Water comes from hand pumps (tube-well) having showered & sanitary toilet and electricity in all camp/project places. Some NGOs and camp places have Internet access and STD phone facilities which you may use with minimum payment. Providing hot water are luxuries in the rural areas so you are to manage by your self from the kitchen. Volunteers should carry their own soap, toilet paper, tissues as well as other toiletry items.
In the case of RTYP Volunteers, one would be accommodated by a host family (for female) or in organizational dormitory and still needs to bring sleeping bag.
Food is mostly provided by the locals. It is emphasized that the volunteers should not expect the food which they have at home. Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner are provided by the locals/volunteers or host family during camping. But, it appears that foreigners, in most cases, like Bangladeshi moderate spicy food in course of time. Meals can be a combination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian and usually good, one may ask to prepare it to make it less spicy. During camp, volunteers are welcomed to prepare their favorite country dish/food in international food day of the camp. So that volunteers can enjoy different foods from different countries. In that case participants could bring their own recipes and ingredients for at least 15-20 peoples. Pure vegetarian dish can also be provided upon request.
In the case of RTYP Volunteer, food is usually accommodated by the host family or arranged by the organization. In all cases, simple food is provided by the host family or by the local organization’s arrangement. Sometimes volunteers may be required to prepare their own food using the organization’s kitchen or with the help of available cook. In that case, volunteers do not have to pay food subsidy cost. If you want to share your favorite country food/dish with the host family, you may bring recipes and ingredients for at least 5-10 peoples with you.
There is no insurance provided during the camp. An orientation session on language, culture, customs, work, program and condition of Bangladesh/local area is held before each camp. Smoking, use of drugs and alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibited. Also, please keep in mind that sleeveless shirts, short pants and mini skirts are not allowed in all area of Bangladesh (particularly for women) violators would be asked to discontinue participation. Trousers (Jeans or thick cotton), normal shirts or T-shirts could be brought for normal use other than working clothes. Volunteers also requested to bring at least one semi casual formal dress for using it in the party or any formal occasion during the program. BWCA organizes study tours, excursions and sight seeing during workcamp as well as for RTYP participants during their program.
BWCA recruits overseas volunteers for international workcamps, RTYP and its different programs through its overseas partner organizations in different countries. Usually individual volunteers are not accepted, but those who are interested and do not have any partner-organization in their country of origin, may apply through the nearest country’s partner organization. Application need to reach BWCA at least one month before each scheduled camp/program starts. Volunteers are accepted on the following conditions: a) Volunteers have to pay for their own travel to and from Bangladesh. b) Volunteers have to pay requisite registration fee to BWCA which covers their board/lodge, guidance, administrative costs and contribution towards BWCA solidarity Fund. c) BWCA does not have any program for the handicapped and volunteers and below 18 years are not accepted. d) BWCA does not accept volunteers together, who have any relation like boyfriend/girlfriend relationship between them (applicants) or husband-wife. e) BWCA or its partner-organization reserves every right to terminate any volunteer at any time if s/he is found with any aggressive or harmful activities to the camp atmosphere or to the society as well as religious sentiment. f) BWCA likes to accept four (male-female) volunteers maximum from one partner organization/country for each camp, on first come first serve basis.
Age : 18-35 years of age. BWCA does not accept volunteers under 18 years for both camp and RTYP. Experience : No experience is required for joining Camp or RTYP of BWCA. RTYPE – Round the year program : Young people and high School/College/University students of different Countries can apply for participating in RTYP project. This project has been continuing for the last Ten years along with our local level partner organizations in Bangladesh. The selection of candidates is based on their skills, qualifications, interests of the volunteers/participants and needs/requirements of the local partner organizations. Volunteers generally immerse 3-6 (Three-six) months with the local Organizations/volunteers (period can be extended if required).
Application for any program should be sent to the following address through the partner organizations of the candidate’s own country. Individual application are also be accepted as an exception case with a payment of US$25/-(Twenty five) in favor of BWCA through Bank Cheque/Pay Order/Bank Draft.
Director & Org. Secry.,
Bangladesh Work Camps Association (BWCA)
289/2, North Shajahanpur,
Phone: 880-2-935-8206 , (Res:935 6814)
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SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
CAMP Registration : US$ 250/- (Two Hundred and Fifty) per camp per person.
RTYP Registration : US$ 300/- (Three Hundred) 3(Three) months per person with additional US$ 2 as food charge per day basis.
Application accepted through BWCA’s overseas partner organizations in different countries:
Australia, Belgium, China, Cambodia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, S. Korea, Morocco, Nepal, Philippine, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vietnam.
BWCA is a full member of the CCIVS-UNESCO, Paris, Treasurer of the NVDA (Network of Voluntary Development in Asia & the Pacific) and partnership relation with the organizations of different countries such as VFP-USA, NICE-Japan; KNCU-Korea; Greenway-Thailand; KYDO-Combodia, VYF-Vietnam, SIW-Holland, IJGD, VJF-Germany, YAP-Belgium, England, UNA Exchange-England; CONCORDIA, Solidarites Jeunesses(SJ), Jeunesses et Reconstruction(J&R)-France, GENCTUR-Turkey, JAC,GSAS, FSL-India, ACYF-China and FCN-Nepal.