Thank you for your interest in volunteering forLMRF. We have various opportunities for you to explore and volunteer at our Clinics and Offices. Please see below to find out the opportunities we usually provide for generous volunteers like you:
1. As a Surgeon:If you have the professional qualification and experience to perform Cleft lip & Palate surgeries and possess the heart to donate your time and skill for this greater cause, this is the perfect place for you to volunteer. We highly encourage expert surgeons to come forward and work with our highly experienced Plastic surgical team to share their knowledge and skills. This sort of sharing is very helpful to know better of this surgical technique and do more for our needy children.
2. Counsel with Parents: Parents who come to us with a child having a cleft their face, suffer in a great deal with psychological trauma. There a many parents specially mothers, who face familial as well as social humiliation and rejection following giving birth a baby like this. If you pay visit to any of our CureCleft center, you'll discover many of these unfortunate life stories. You can talk, be compassionate and relief some load of grief off their shoulders. It will mean a lot to them.
3. As a Speech Therapist: Many of our Cleft palate children suffer from speech problem even if corrected with proper surgery. So Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) becomes essential to bring them to the main stream. We have limited SLT program, not enough to cover all children who got their cleft corrected through surgery. If you are a Speech Therapist or a student of SLT, you can join our SLT program and set your own target to take care of certain number of children who is waiting for your expert help.
With Zero Clubfoot
1. Conduct a FGD:
Parents of our patients are the pillars of our program. Their trust made us grow. More than 6000 families have been benefited from our services all around Chittagong Division. In every ZCF clinic every week our Shopan team conduct a Focused Group Discussion (FGD) with our clubfoot parents who come for Ponseti treatment for their kids. Key purpose of this FGD is to educate them regarding different aspects of childhealth and aware them to continue treatment till end.
You can join one of these FGDs and test you communication skills by delivering vital child health information and motivating our parents to be a community representative for LMRF in their locality.
2. Counsel with Parents: Counselling is one of the key components of Ponseti Clubfoot treatment. Without proper counselling it's difficult to make our parents understand the nature and importance of different stages of Ponseti treatment. So you can play a big part here to spend some time with one or two of our parents in the clinic, talk with them and give some proper guideline on why they should and how they can continue the treatment. Such effort can make a lot difference in their mind set and ensure a big turnover in their child's life.
3. Help Ponseti team: Our well trained doctors and Physiotherapists do most of the hard works in a clinic day. They have to screen new patients, do Pirani Scoring, register and take photograph of new patients then gear up for the precious job – Ponseti Manipulation and Casting. In some clinic days, they also deal with tenotomy and bracing. It's hard to feel what sort of stress they suffer in a long clinic day. If you think you're strong enough to take some of their loads and lay hand to correct those tiny curled feet, you're most welcome.
1. Awareness at your community: There is still lack of awareness within the general public that clubfoot and cleft deformity is correctable, especially if treated early. To raising public awareness is one of Shopan's key focal areas. You can also take part in this campaign and build up some awareness in your community. You can distribute posters, PVC banners, stickers alerting on these deformities and treatment options to your commune, especially in schools and market places. You can take the lead and challenge to eliminate your community from these deformities. Shopan team is always there to help you.
2. Prepare Database of Local Stakeholders
In LMRF we work with limited man-power with enhanced capacity to reduce overhead costs.
So to reach out and spread our message to the root level, we highly depend on GO & NGO collaborators, community health workers, vaccinators and birth attendants. We provide them necessary information, tools and training to find out and screen cleft and clubfoot children as early as possible. If you believe in our policy to penetrate the grass root level, you may come up to help us. You can create a database of these key stakeholders at your community, including their name, profession and contact number and send to us. Through your collective effort a nationwide database could be formed and with the help of this all deformed children could be tracked easily and brought to treatment on time.
3. Be a Shopan Initiator: Shopan not only works for the children, Shopan works for the society too. We believe without proper leadership, social changes won't take place. And if the community don't evolve to right direction, we won't achieve the vision "Shaping Up Tomorrow". That's why we need you. We need you to be the initiator to cultivate the Critical Success Factors of your community. We believe if you hold the same vision and march forward to bring the change, the vision with be a reality sooner than we anticipate.
If you are looking to do something worthwhile this summer or have always wanted to volunteer, LMRF is the place for you. We always encourage foreigners to voluIf you are looking to do something worthwhile this summer or have always wanted to volunteer, LMRF is the place for you. We always encourage foreigners to volunteer since inception and provide a satisfying, affordable and safe environment for all the International volunteers.
It is important that you contact us in advance so that we are able to match our current needs with your skills and experience. JAAGO can facilitate volunteers with accommodation and meals within its premise at very modest prices:
|NUMBER OF DAYS||ACCOMMODATION COST|
|1 Day Stay||BDT 1000|
|1 week stay||BDT 750 per day|
|1 month stay||BDT 500 per day|
Please also include BDT100 per meal
Good to know before coming
Flights: The Arrival Airport in Dhaka is HajratShahjalal International Airport [formerly known as Zia Intl Airport]. From there you can choose any of quality private airlines to travel to your final destination at Chittagong.
Travel Insurance: We recommend that foreign volunteers hold travel insurance! Check with your insurance or Credit Card Company to see whether you might already have it covered.
Visas: American, British, European, New Zealand and Australian citizens can get a Bangladeshi visa on arrival at the airport – this is valid for a 15 day stay. You will need $50 or more to pay for the visa fee at the airport. Please note that visas are not available on arrival for the citizens of other countries.
If you plan to stay longer, please send us a passport copy and your current CV by email so we can process an invitation letter which will be emailed to you. With the invitation letter, we will be able to go to the Bangladesh embassy or consulate in your country and apply for a visa. It should take 3-5 working days but we have had volunteers waiting longer. We recommend that you start the process at least one month in advance.
Money: Bring large USD notes (100 or 50), exchanging these are more profitable. Avoid changing money at the airport, the exchange rate is lower.
Travel Essentials: Money, torch, camera, batteries, charger, spare memory cards, laptop, universal adapter, earplugs, insect repellent, sun block, First Aid Kit (Paracetamol, antibiotics, Imodium), towels and toiletries (soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste). You may also want to bring wet wipes and hand sanitizers.
Clothing and footwear: Keeping the Bangladeshi weather in mind, we recommend that you bring plenty of airy cotton clothes and light weight sandals for rough use. Also, bring a pair of shoes with a good grip and an adequate supply of socks. Flip-flops and waterproof ponchos come very handy as well – especially during the rainy season!
Health and vaccinations: We recommend that you consult your doctor before leaving your country with regards to health vaccinations required for Bangladesh. Please also inform us if you have any specific allergies or any medical conditions (i.e. epilepsy or diabetes) that we should be aware of. Drinks: ONLY drink mineral water and be sure it is sealed and unopened (we recommend brushing your teeth with mineral water as well). Soft drinks like cola, fruit juice or chocolate milk are available at local shops.
Local Behavior: Bangladesh is a Muslim country and culturally very sensitive; please respect the culture during your stay. Goods Donations: If you plan to bring donations, please contact us in advance so we that we are able to ensure that we are ready to receive them as customs clearance can be an issue. Monetary donations are preferred.
We wish you have a pleasant journey to Chittagong and have a happy time staying with us and working for our children.