Nominated for Bangladesh...any advice?

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By Mindy ( - on Saturday, May 28, 2005 - 1:35 am: Edit Post

Hi, I was recently invited to Bangladesh to volunteer as a Peace Corps English teacher and now have a week to make my decision. Can any of the RPCVs please give me any valuable information whatsoever - I am not overjoyed at the assignment to Bangladesh, but am hoping that some of you will be able to tell me more about the country, the adjustments, any regrets or obstacles, etc.. Anything is appreciated! Thank you

By John W. Evans ( - on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 9:00 am: Edit Post

Hey Mindy,

I just happened across this website looking for some PC-BD info for myself, and thought I would answer your question. I served in Bangladesh from 2/00 until they evacuated the program in 10/01. I feel very strongly that my time in BD with the Peace Corps was profound and continually positive in my life. I can understand your reservations about your post, and honestly, it's a hard place to serve given the climate, cultural, and socioeconomic contrast with the US. That said, I think you will be able to make an informed decision about whether it's right for you during the training period (12 weeks, when you first get there, unless they've changed it). It's hard to say much more without just talking about my personal experience, but that training period is a good time to feel it out!

Hope it helps,

John W. Evans

By Lyman C Chancellor ( on Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:09 pm: Edit Post

It is what you make it.I was in love this East Pakistan.I built the First civic in East pakistan history.I had no problem with dating with the different women there.I did have a Lady who worked for the PIA airlines Every time she flew to NY she would call my Father at home in Alabama.I never hung around the volunters.When we were call to Dacca for a meeting,I would not stay at the Peace Corps Head Quarters.My call number is 205-706-6505. Thanks Lyman

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