Volunteering in Hospitals in Bangladesh
Volunteering in Asia is a great way to see other parts of the world while having a positive impact on disadvantaged communities. For many across the continent, modern standards of living are more scarce when compared to more developed nations. In the past 30 years, many nations in Southeast Asia, in particular, have seen more and more economic growth and opportunities arise for their citizens. While this growth is good, there are still many ways in which we can help serve the underprivileged communities in Asia.
Bangladesh has seen some of this economic growth that Southeast Asia has been experiencing. Many large corporations have factories in Bangladesh that provide employment for many people in the country. However, the wages many factory or farm workers make in a day is well below what we enjoy in the west and this keeps many people in the cycle of poverty. In the impoverished communities, many lack the ability to seek better education or afford quality healthcare.
Volunteers who go to Bangladesh will have a chance to help the people of these impoverished communities. Some who volunteer choose to focus their efforts helping the hospitals care for patients in the communities. Healthcare in these communities lacks modern medical benefits in many ways. Also many times the hospitals or clinics are understaffed, making more work for the doctors and nurses working. Volunteers have countless opportunities in these hospitals to help local staff and doctors as well as make the patients themselves.
Volunteer Work in the Hospital
Traveling to the other side of the world to a culture much different than your own can be a difficult decision for many. It isn’t easy to leave the comfort of their own culture and work in such a foreign place. As a volunteer working in hospitals in Bangladesh, you will see a very unique side of the culture. All volunteers in Bangladesh have the chance to see a culture and people very different than their own. Working in a hospital in Bangladesh is a very different experience entirely. Volunteers work directly with hospital staff, helping with the patients as well as the day-to-day workings of a hospital like restocking supplies, cleaning, and caring for the patients. Don’t worry; you don’t need to be a doctor to help out at the hospitals. All the serious work will still be left to the trained professionals.
Volunteering in hospitals in Bangladesh is such a unique way to interact with people from another culture. In a hospital, volunteers may be exposed to some difficult realities, sickness isn’t easy to see for some people. But while working in a hospital in Bangladesh you will also see healing. Being a part of a hospital here puts you in the heart of healthcare in the country where you can see people getting better and feeling better. Many times, all volunteers need to do is to give a smile to someone who may be in pain or play with a child while their mother is seeing the doctor. Every contribution, no matter how small, makes a world of difference.
Volunteering in hospitals in Bangladesh does come with its own set of challenges. Volunteers who choose to work in a hospital or clinic will have a very different experience than if they had volunteered in a school or an orphanage. Volunteers who choose to work in hospitals are a special kind of people with certain character traits.
Hospitals in Bangladesh are not quite like the hospitals we see in the west. The communities volunteers work in are more poor than many parts of the world. In poverty stricken regions, the hospitals will lack many modern supplies, beds, and other hospital equipment. Volunteers may see very sick people during their time volunteering. For some, being around sick people can be difficult but it’s important to remember what a difference you are making in the lives of the patients. Every the smallest contribution may be exactly what a patient needs during a sickness or injury.
Volunteering in the hospitals puts volunteers in the middle of the action. Not only will volunteers work within the community but they will also live among the local people they are serving. Volunteers have safe and comfortable lodging but it may lack many modern comforts that we enjoy back home, especially in the more rural areas. Volunteers may have to go without internet at times and many western food options are simply not available. Many volunteers say that after a few days they enjoy being a little bit more disconnected than back home but you’ll still be able to contact people back home if you need to. Getting into the local cuisine can be hard if you’re not an adventurous eater. You may be pleasantly surprised once you start eating like a local; the food in Bangladesh is very flavorful. At first it may seem difficult for some since all the food looks different and you don’t know the names. But many volunteers say that once they start trying the food it’s hard to stop!
Volunteer in hospitals in Bangladesh come with challenges to overcome. Not speaking the language, being exposed to extreme poverty and sickness, as well as missing a few comforts from home can be hurdles to overcome. But when you volunteer in hospitals in Bangladesh the rewards far outweigh the challenges.
Traveling to cultures that differ from your own is good in many ways. Seeing different ways of life exposes you to different ways of thinking and living. But as a volunteer you will have a much more immersive experience than tourist or backpackers. Living and working in a culture gives you a much deeper perspective into the people and traditions. You have the time to meet locals and explore the area you are in. Local markets and restaurants are great places to see what life in Bangladesh is really like.
When you volunteer at a hospital, you are getting much more than a chance to help others. You get a unique experience of living and working in a part of the world not many people will ever see. Instead of traveling through a place and maybe only seeing a few tourist sites, you will have time to settle in and view a culture from the eyes of the people who live there. Seeing a culture this way has a lasting impact on everyone involved. Locals see you, the volunteer, come all the way from the other side of the world to live and help the people in the community. They see you taking an interest in the well being of the people in the community and helping people at hospitals and take that to heart. Meanwhile, you will be helping people that have been overlooked all to often. Working with local doctors and hospital staff, volunteers have chances to help those who need in most in the communities that they serve. These day to day interactions will leave an impression on the volunteer, ones they are not soon to forget. The memories you make during your time volunteer will stay with you for a lifetime. These memories are the best reward when you volunteer. As you return home, you remember the people, sights, and smells of a culture that you had a hand in help making a better place for the people there.