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Srimangal, Bangladesh - Friendship Build

November 30, 2012 to December 8, 2012

If you love volunteering, traveling to exotic destinations and learning about other cultures, then we have the perfect trip for you! Join our team on the Bangladesh Friendship build, where our team of 15 will build alongside 150 volunteers from around the world to lend a helping hand to one of the poorest countries on earth.

No construction experience required, as we will not only be building homes, but also hope, friendship and love along the way.

Whether this is your first Global Village build or your 50th – all are welcome to apply. We can promise you one thing; it will be an experience of a lifetime!

About Bangladesh


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Bangladesh country profile


Bangladesh is a beautiful country situated off the Bay of Bengal, surrounded by northwestern India. What gives Bangladesh its beauty, however, can also spark disaster. The country sits in a delta formed by the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, and the low-lying flatlands are conducive to flooding—especially after heavy rains or cyclones. Many devastating storms have struck in the past decade.

Bangladesh remains one of the world’s poorest and least-developed countries. With 63 million people living below the poverty line, the need for improved housing is crucial.

Srimangal, situated in northern Bangladesh, is one of the poorest areas of the country; 90 percent of the population lives in substandard housing. Habitat Bangladesh works in partnership with many development groups to ensure holistic improvements to families’ lives. Volunteers of the friendship build will help build 20 houses with families providing sweat equity for their new homes. The future homeowners are mostly working in tea plantations.

About Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh
Habitat Bangladesh began in 1999 and now operates in 13 locations through Habitat Resource Centers. To fight endemic poverty, Habitat Bangladesh frequently uses a “building in stages” concept—building a core living space with a family in need first, and expanding the home later as needed and as it can be afforded.

Families frequently pool their savings to build homes. Habitat Bangladesh frequently partners with other non-governmental organizations to develop new microfinance models to reach even more families. The average repayment rate for Habitat Bangladesh partner families is US$11 per month.

Habitat Bangladesh also works both to provide disaster-recovery help and to teach disaster-preparedness to lessen the impact of flooding on homes. After Cyclone Sidr affected 6.8 million people in 2007, Habitat Bangladesh resource centers produced transitional housing kits for 12 local communities. For more information on Habitat’s work in Bangladesh, visit the country’s profile page on Habitat’s website.

Types of construction for volunteers
During the friendship build, volunteers will work on new construction and are expected to complete 20 houses within a week. Local volunteers and home partners will work alongside international volunteers in a variety of tasks, such as mixing mortar, carrying and laying bricks and putting up roofs. No prior construction experience is necessary!

Standard itinerary
(9 day itinerary)
Friday, November 30: Depart for Bangladesh.
Saturday, December 1: Travel day
Sunday, December 2: Arrive in Dhaka; travel to Srimangal, hotel accommodation and free time.
Monday, December 3 -7: Breakfast at hotel, work from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., with lunch on-site; dinner at local restaurants; free time. 

Saturday, December 8: Travel back to Dhaka in the morning, depart Bangladesh.

Note: A variety of cultural activities and community events will be organized during the build week in additional to fellowship with other Habitat. The final building day will also feature a house dedication and farewell ceremony with partner family members.

Volunteers will stay at guest houses in double-occupancy rooms. Most rooms will have attached bathrooms with A/C and hot water. All meals are included. Breakfast will be provided at the guest house and lunch will be provided on-site. Dinner will be served at local restaurants and hotels. Bottled water is always available.

Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!

Team leaders
Jeff Lundberg and Rima Kawas were both born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and have been married for nine years after dating as high school sweethearts beginning in 1995. Faith, family and friends play an integral role in their lives and they are always up for an adventure.

Jeff and Rima are experienced travelers, having explored over 30 countries spanning the continents. Their first Global Village build was in 2009 in Santiago, Chile and recently returned from their second in Cambodia in 2011. They are excited to combine passions of volunteering, travelling and making new friends.

Global Village builds are truly a blessing to those in need of a decent place to live and also for those who participate. The builds are an amazing way to give back to the global community, but as a volunteer you quickly realize you receive more from the experience than you can possibly give.

We are excited to assemble our Global Village team to Bangladesh and hope to hear from you regarding your interest!

You may reach Jeff and Rima via email at:

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