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Bangladesh Tour - Children of the World, TEAMMC

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Children of the World

Bangladesh Tour 2019

Sylhet, Dhaka, Cox’s Bazaar & Bandarban

13th to 23rd Sept 2019

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

Sylhet

Your Bangladeshi adventure with TeamMC starts in Sylhet. Home to lush green field paddy fields and beautiful tea estates.

Sylhet is the ancestral home of most of the diaspora Bangladeshi community and amongst the tall buildings and beautiful homes there is a hidden community.

Slum Schools

Sylhet is home to thousands of people that live in slums. Often they are day labourers or people with very low incomes. Their children are either assimilated into helping the family earn money or struggle to go to mainstream school.

Muslim Charity with your help will be starting a new school to support these children. It will give access to pre - primary education and take them further onto their journey or joining mainstream schooling.

You will be helping other volunteers putting the final touches to the school in preparation of an inauguration ceremony with the children.

Lala Khal School

You will be drifting down the blue and sometimes emerald waters of the Lala Khal. A body of water that meanders around river belt communities and a highlight of any Sylhet tour.

Here you will be distributing school bags to vulnerable children. These bags will be filled with goodies and stationary enabling these children to not only have materials they can use for schooling but in some cases the first ever gift they have ever received.

Cox’s Bazaar

Cox’s Bazaar is considered a must in any tour of Bangladesh. It the home of the longest unbroken beach in the world. In recent years it has been made infamous for housing one of the biggest refugee camps in the world.

Your visit to the Rohingya camps will be both emotional as well as life changing. The Rohingya have fled the most extreme violence and torture and now totally rely on aid agencies to support them in their hour of need.

As part of your fundraising you will be supporting our child friendly space on the Rohingya camps. This is an oasis for young people who can come and for a short period be children again. Our volunteers and staff start the healing process through play, art, and drama and you will have an opportunity to engage and inspire these young souls.

Bandarban

Bandarban is the highest landmass in Bangladesh. It has lush green forest and a plethora of wildlife and fauna. It’s hills come alive from the different tribes and communities. These are vulnerable communities that are in some cases away from the development of the country.

Together we will be supporting a refurbishment of a school in these beautiful hills enabling the children to take advantage of a qualitative education.

We will be helping with painting, decorating and helping set up for the inauguration with the students.

Dhaka

One of the most densely populated cities in the world but filled with history, culture, and amazing street food. We will snake around the traffic to show you all the work we are doing with street children from the places where they congregate to how we rescue children.

Street Children

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.

Out 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 day care center.

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.

Basic Itinerary

Please refer to the Muslim Charity website for the detailed itenairy

www.muslimcharity.org.uk/bdtour2019

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.

Registration

Tour Fee: £450

Fundraising: £2,000

(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.

What’s Included

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

International Flights

The fee does not include the UK to Bangladesh (Sylhet) return flights.

The flight you will need to book is;

Outgoing: 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 13th Sept 2019 and rested and available for the evening introduction meeting at 8pm at the hotel. Once we know your arrival time a representative will be waiting at the airport to pick you up.

Visa

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 without obtaining a visa each time.

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 following the registration link above.

There will be a registration form to complete and a confirmation will be sent to you via email. At that point, you will be redirected to your Justgiving page where you can customise your story and pictures for your fundraising activities.

After which a Muslim Charity staff member will call to take your registration fees over the phone. Please do let them know if you would like to pay all the fees now or in 2 installments.

Alternatively, please call Moheen Uddin, Community Engagement Officer

On 0207 100 4930/07999 471 176 email moheen@muslimcharity.org.uk

with any queries/questions you may have.

FAQs (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)


Who can take part in the Children of the World Bangladesh Tour?

Anyone interested in experiencing the impact of Muslim Charity’s work in Bangladesh and wishing to explore the beauty, sights and sounds of this wonderful country. Participants must be 18 years or older before the date of departure and be of good health to travel.

How much will it cost?

The fee for traveling on the tour is £450 per person. This amount will cover all transport, hotel, food, internal flights, and accommodation costs whilst in Bangladesh and it is based on 2 persons sharing one room.

This fee does not include the UK to Bangladesh (Sylhet) return flights.

At the time of publishing the tickets from UK to Sylhet Bangladesh are as follows.

UK – Dhaka = £450

Dhaka – Sylhet = £60

Total International Flights - £510

Please note that you need to book your flights from UK – Dhaka – Sylhet

And coming back Dhaka – UK.

The costs for the total tour;

International Flights £510

Tour Fees £450

Total £960

Remember you can pay your tour fees in 2 instalments of £225. All final payments must be made 4 weeks before travel.

What kind of hotel will we be staying in?

We will stay in comfortable 3-star hotels. These have been carefully selected for their service, comfort, and safety. All hotels have been vetted by our staff and evaluated by our volunteers on previous trips.

We will let you know the exact hotels when we release the final itinerary 4 weeks before travel.

What’s the situation with toilets?

You will have access to clean toilet facilities in hotels. However, when we travel these may not be very clean. You will need to be a little intrepid and adventurous and may have to go ‘where no man has gone before’.

In any case we will make regular stops on long journeys and prompt you to use the facilities where available.

What should I bring?

The total duration of the tour is 11 days so please bring with you enough clothing for that duration.

We recommend small luggage so it’s easy to transport as you will be living ‘out your suitcase’ as the tour is fast paced.

Suggested List:

Toiletries, Camera, 2 pin plug adapter, chargers, and sunglasses

Can we take cash?

Please do not carry large amounts of money with you. We will be using your tour fee to cover the costs of boarding, food and other travel expenses on your behalf. We request you to carry not more than £1,000 or equal amount in Bangladeshi Taka. The ATMs work in cities and you will have a free day in Dhaka to explore and shop.

If you wish to exchange money, please do so at the airports. In general, they give best rates.

What will the weather be like and what belongings shall we pack?

We will advise you to bring clothes appropriate for temperatures between 20°C to 25°C. Although September is the end of monsoon season we can still get short and sharp showers.

Please bring clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for the country. We ask all participants to respect local cultures and customs while in Bangladesh as we are guests in their country.

While the cities are very cosmopolitan and no one will care what you may be wearing

the rural and remote places are very conservative. So we ask all participants to be aware of this situation and where possible wear clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for our destination.

Layers

Please think of layers when travelling so you can add and subtract easily as the weather changes. Also we will be close to the sea in Cox’s bazaar and the hills of Bandarban where the temperature can drop dramatically so please bring warm fleece or comfortable jacket.

Footwear

Comfortable closed toe shoes are a must. Please think of the various terrain such as the Rohingya camps, beaches and possibly mud. So please bring shoes that are comfortable and not new. Similarly, some comfortable sandals or flip flops are ideal for the evening and when we are travelling between places.

Loss or Damage

Although we will make utmost efforts to ensure the safety of your belongings but will advise you not to carry expensive and luxury articles with you as we cannot take any responsibility for loss or damage while on tour.

Who picks me up on arrival and how do I stay in touch with my family?

A Muslim Charity representative will pick you up from the airport and drive you to the hotel.

Most of the time participants will book themselves on the same flight and you will get to know each other before hand from all the conversations we will have on our whatsapp group and meet ups before we travel.

You will also have a mobile numbers for our team lead from the UK and Bangladesh should you need to contact someone in an emergency.

What is the position on mobile phones and communication?

You can purchase a SIM from Dhaka airport using your British passport as ID. Please refer to their packages for calls and internet.

Please bear in mind that it can take up to 20-25 minutes to get a SIM card and factor in your travel time to the domestic airport.

In any case we will make all the efforts to facilitate communication by staying in hotels with WiFi facilities. The quality of the WiFi services may vary according to areas and is subject to availability of electricity.

How do we interact with locals and communities and do you have any advice for this?

We request all our participant to be friendly but aware and respect local faiths and culture by adopting appropriate clothing and behaviour.

When interacting with children we ask that you seek permission before holding and interacting with them. We will fully brief you before each visit to make sure that we follow the ground partner guidelines and adhere to all Muslim Charity policies with regards to child protection.

During your travel you will also meet vulnerable families and communities therefore, we request you not to offer cash or any other gift to any person. If you wish to help someone please talk to a Muslim Charity representative who will advise further.

Can I extend my stay?

Muslim Charity has arrangements made only from 13th to 23rd Sept 2019. Please make any further arrangements either before the tour or after.

Due to the nature of the tour we cannot let you break away from the itinerary.

Can I arrange my own accommodation?

No. Unfortunately, due to a tight travel schedule, participants will be asked to stay in Muslim Charity provided accommodation/hotels. Muslim Charity will ensure that selected accommodation/hotels are secure and safe and also comfortable for participants.

Will single-sex accommodation and facilities be available during the trip?

Yes. Single-sex accommodation will be provided and each hotel room will be shared by two participants.

Single Rooms

Unfortunately, we cannot offer single rooms.

Any additional questions?

We are on hand to offer advice and guidance on all aspects of the tour and your kind fundraising activities.

For any assistance relating to this tour please contact;

Moheen Uddin

Community Engagement Officer

T 0207 100 4930 M 07999 471 176 E moheen@muslimcharity.org.uk

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