BWCA (Bangladesh Work Camps Association)
Abdur Rahman, Director & Org. Secry.
VTC, Ujgram, Bogra- Bangladesh
Remark for Period
3 months participation from 02/01, 05/01, 08/01 and 11/01 is possible. Open to 1 month participation if the places are not full at 2 months before the starting date.
Local/ social situation/ needs for the project
As to develop the quality of people’s life style in and around of project site at Ujgram, BWCA has been establishing a pilot model project namely “VTC” (Volunteer Training Center) since 2005 with its glorious history & experience of last 56 years. As such a sustainable Institute like VTC for the promotion of work camp movement as well as organizational development aspects it is needed to be established. In establishing VTC’s infrastructural and overall development, BWCA has been organizing its regular activities like local, national, bilateral and international work camp aimed to undertake different social issues like climate change, environment, cultural exchange, health and community development as well.
Name and description of the local host
VTC is a pilot model project of the BWCA. BWCA Bogra unite itself hosting the project with the cooperation of local Govt., educational institutions and people around Ujgram (Project site).
Aims and expected impact of the project
Main aim of this project is to create awareness about the health, agriculture, environment and climate change among the local people and also to make them aware about the NVDA action plans and BWCA as well. Also aiming to promote volunteering attitude and spirit among the local youth and students of the concern area. To see an impact of people, they would act as an activist in favor of environment by plantation, demonstrative activities by reducing use of energy and doing waste management.
Main voluntary work
Plantation, maintenance work of existing project which have been already done like: taking care and nursing of planted trees inside the VTC, maintenance work of the incomplete and complete construction works, addressing of half done project like: nursery, organic fertilizer component, earth filling on low land and re-excavation of water pond inside VTC.
Approximate working hours: 6 hours x 5 days in a week.
Type of building: BWCA Dormitory
- Sleeping: Sharing with locals
- Meals: Cooked by vols. & locals
- How and how long to go to work: 15 min by walk from dormitory
- Smoking: OK also inside
- Internet access: Available (slow speed)
- Any other points: Tele communication is also available through cell phone
Location is at Ujgram, which is a village of Bogra.Very calm and quite environment. Though the work camp time is May-June,so it’ll be summer season. Maximum people of the village are Muslims and it has natural beauty with hospitable people VTC surrounding area.
Nearest international airport: Hazrat Shahjalal Int. Airport in Dhaka. Transportation from the capital or other major city: Road transportation and train communication is well established.
Beside the project works school visits will be also arranged by the host organization. Local cultural parties will be also arranged by the local people and volunteers. Free time activities will be organized by the innovative ideas of participants together.
Qualification for volunteers.
Required: No skill required but well-motivated having volunteering attitude is most welcomed. Preferable: Experience in any sort of activities in the project would be preferred as co-leader.
Attraction for volunteers
The volunteers will have free access of mixing with local people, explore cultural heritage through interacting each other, enjoying Bengali traditional hospitality, language and also test of Bangladeshi food.
Participation fee to the host NGO: 600 US$ for 3 months (200 US$ per month)
- On arrival training: Brief orientation about the project, culture and local situation
- Special care during Project: Whole time staff and local vols. will accompanied
- Evaluation meeting: At mid-term of the project and at the end of the project.
Volunteers may bring some souvenirs for the school students (if they want to). Open to Non-Asian if the places are not full at 2 months before the starting date.