UN Volunteers

Our Inspiration

 Volunteers from all around the globe come to Bangladesh to learn and support local development projects.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world.


UNV and volunteerism in Bangladesh

Volunteerism forms an integral part of the lifestyle of Bangladeshi. Sharing resources and skills for the benefit of family or community members is routine. Over 16 million people volunteer each year in areas such as education, health, environmental protection and disaster response. Hence, volunteerism is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Apart from that UN Volunteers have been working in Bangladesh since 1975 and are engaged in development initiatives that aim to improve living conditions and contribute to sustainable development.

UNV in Bangladesh has a wide scope of activities ranging from volunteers recruitment to resource mobilization, from advocacy campaigns on MDGs and Human Rights to training, from research to project design, from UN system support to partnership building and emergency response. Currently we are working with different youth organizations and support them in strengthen their networks. If you want to know more about our work, please read the UNV newsletter. 

What is provided to a UNV volunteer?

  • Settling-in Grant calculated on the duration of assignment to be paid at the beginning of the assignment
  • Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) for basic living costs
  • Pre-departure entitlements (shipment of personal effects, miscellaneous expenses for visa fee, medical examination) and air tickets to and from the country of assignment;
  • Life, health and permanent disability insurances;
  • Annual leave at a rate of two and a half working days a month; and
  • Resettlement allowance upon satisfactory completion of an assignment, based on its duration


  •  University degree or higher technical diploma
  • At least 25 years old (no upper age limit)
  • Several years of relevant working experience
  • Good working knowledge of at least one of the three UN working languages English, French and Spanish
  • Strong commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to adjust to difficult living conditions
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skill
  • Prior volunteering and/or working experience in a development country


Online Volunteers

Online Volunteers are motivated people from all around the world who want to offer their time and expertise for peace and development. The online volunteers working from their homes are students, home-makers, retirees, professionals from various fields who all have specific talents and skills. What they have in common is a strong commitment to making a real difference in development.

Through the Online Volunteering Service, volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet. Online volunteers come from all over the world. In 2012, 62 percent were from developing countries, nearly 60 percent were women. It is also worth mentioning that 62 percent were youth.