Bangladesh, nestled to the east of India, might not take up a huge space on the map – but it’s one of the most crowded countries on the planet! While most people choose to visit its bigger neighbour, the ones who choose to head for Bangladesh find a hidden gem, full of amazing experiences and people eager to welcome them into their country. So, why not consider a gap year in Bangladesh, instead of heading to the better known Asian destinations?
The real allure of Bangladesh is its amazing natural beauty. This a country with an amazing 700 rivers and varying landscapes, all waiting to be explored by more adventurous travellers. Perhaps top of the list when it comes to natural attractions is the Sundarbans though, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for having one of the biggest Bengal tiger populations around. Saint Martin Island also shouldn’t be missed, nor should Lowacherra National Park.
Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh, and it is a huge sprawling city, with a population of around 12,000,000 – making it the 11th largest in the world. It’s an undeniable fact that many living in Dhaka do so in unrelenting poverty, and travellers will find many ways in which they can volunteer to help these people. There’s also lots of sightseeing to do as well, as Dhaka is home to many great things to marvel at, such as Lalbag Fort and Sonargaon. So, do something different: take a gap year in Bangladesh!
Working in Bangladesh
When it comes to paid employment, there isn’t much open to visitors, aside from the occasional – very occasional – chance to teach English. The picture for those looking to volunteer is much better though, as Bangladesh has loads of opportunities. Bangladesh is a country with a number of issues, so you’ll find chances to work with kids, animals and in healthcare, among many others. Surely you can spare a little time to help?
Those leaving Bangladesh will mostly continue their gap year in India, one of the most popular gap year destinations in the world. It’s by no means the only choice though. Burma is becoming increasingly popular for travellers, and is just to the east, while it’s also easy to get to both Thailand and China. Don’t plan on leaving too quickly though, as most find that a gap year in Bangladesh has loads of things to see and do!