Frequently asked questions

We need physicians of all specialties especially Emergency physicians, family doctors, psychiatrists, Obstetricians & Gynecologists, radiologists, endocrinologists, internists, and dermatologists.

We also need nurses, physiotherapists, mid wives, psychologists, and respiratory therapists.

There are no maximum number of months that one can volunteer as the need of the Rohingya people are ongoing but 2 weeks is the minimum.

We are recruiting from November 4th, 2019 for a 2 week period block and you are welcome to volunteer for longer period.

Yes, thus far the NGO volunteers have not had any concerns regarding safety, however, we can not guarantee one’s safety as the clinics are located near the refugee camps where the situation can get volatile. Our physician local coordinator and our expert local driver will be with the volunteers at all times and will always guide them during the mission to ensure utmost safety.  It is mandatory for the volunteers to wear the Humanity Auxilium vest and badge at all times when out serving the refugees.

The camp clinics are in Hakimpara, Jamtoli, Moynarghona – all located near the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Yes, our coordinator will take you into the camps to get an idea of how life is in the camps for these individuals on a day to day basis.

Yes, but with permission from the patients.  We want you to understand the depth of the crisis in order to serve this population better and advocate on their behalf, hence, it will be ideal if they told you their own story in their own words.

  • The driver will be ready to pick you and the other volunteers from the hotel at 8am sharp. Volunteers are urged to have a hearty breakfast before hand.  The van ride is about 1.5 – 2hrs depending on the traffic.
  • Patients as well as the translators will be waiting at the clinics, the triage nurse will try to triage patients according to your specialty but it might not always be possible.
  • The patients are seen continuously till 4pm.
  • You can take breaks as needed during the clinic day to consume water and snacks or even to contain yourself as the patients’ stories of abuse can be quite challenging at times.
  • The NGO vans will take you back to the hotel at 4pm.
  • The volunteers then usually go out for dinner together at the local restaurants or go for sight seeing or just rest up at the hotel.

No, we will book your hotel and transportation so that we get a discounted rate for our volunteers and all volunteers will stay at the same hotel.

It will cost $40 – $60 CAN per day including hotel and food. The volunteers are responsible for the cost of their own hotel fare and food.  The daily travel to and from the camps are covered but not personal travel to restaurants or for sightseeing.

Volunteers might experience traveler’s diarrhea and if they do then will require rest and hydration in their respective hotel rooms.  Depending on the severity and the illness, if needed, we will fly our volunteers out to the Chittagong hospital which is the biggest hospital near by.

Yes, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Cholera, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies, and malaria.  Please take a look at the CDC website for more details.

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/bangladesh

Yes, you may apply for a tourist visa on arrival however, to avoid any hassle at the airport, you may apply for a tourist visa before hand. Please visit the website for High Commission of Bangladesh of Canada website for online application.

https://www.visa.gov.bd/

https://www.bdhcottawa.ca/visa-and-no-visa-mrv-mrnv

You will need to fly to Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh then take a flight to Cox’s bazaar.

https://shahjalalairport.com/

The local airlines are Novoair and Regent airways.

https://www.flynovoair.com/

Yes, you can buy a SIM card at the Shah Jalal International Airport, Dhaka and use it during your stay.

It would be best to donate that money upon arrival so that the medications can be purchased locally as Bangladeshi medications are effective and cheap

Yes, please bring ample supply of your own prescribed medication.  It is ideal to carry the following during travel but not mandatory.

Gravol, peptobismol, tums, immodium, restoralax, polysporin cream and eye drops, bandaids, probiotics, Tylenol, advil, and 3 day supply of ciprofloxacin. DEET insect repellent, sunscreen, and After Bite cream.

Bangladesh’s weather is very pleasant from November to April with temperatures ranging from 15 – 28C.  Evenings are cooler, hence, a wind breaker is required. Rain jacket and rain boot is required if you are going during the rainy season.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/bd/dhaka/28143/december-weather/28143

 

Bangladesh is a primarily Muslim country. Volunteers are encouraged to be sensitive to the cultural norms and avoid short skirts and tang tops.  Closed shoes are required to work at the camps.