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Started by the science eel, November 24, 2021, 03:02:42 PM
Quote from: the science eel on November 24, 2021, 03:02:42 PMI've just been offered a job with the BC in Dhaka. I haven't the first idea about the place.
Quote from: shoulders on November 24, 2021, 03:25:14 PMNot been no, but worth bearing in mind Bangladesh of the most densely populated countries on Earth, Dhaka is supposed to be an unfathomably sprawling chaotic ungovernable place. Go if you like people, pace and excitement, can tolerate stifling weather, mad monsoon rains. Being bothered a lot if you are a Whitey. While Bangladesh is to an extent tolerant of other religions and on name a secular state it is extremely intolerant of atheism and attitudes surveys put Bangladeshis as one of the more conservative when it comes to personal freedom which unless you are going to exist in a Western enclave may make it difficult to truly 'be yourself', especially so if you are gay or even a woman trying to exist in an independent way. Sometimes conservative cultures can actually be protective though and you will find some people work to codes of honour that are very upright and go to efforts in terms of hospitality, courtesy that frankly shame most Westerners.Like most of these countries you probably can't develop a full picture of why people are how they are without visiting, no matter how much you read about it.
Quote from: icehaven on November 24, 2021, 03:35:03 PMIs it a permanent job? If so I'd definitely visit first to see if it's somewhere you could live. If it's only temporary then fuck it, dive in. How much would it mess your career/life up if you ended up quitting because you didn't like it?
Quote from: badaids on November 24, 2021, 04:49:27 PMWhat come after? Is there a guaranteed job to come back to? Do you have family to support / take out there? If I were single, and had at least reasonable exit strategy of job / somewhere to live back in UK I'd be saying sod it and going. 8 months isn't that long. I've spent short periods of time like that working in horrible places that I never visited first, and though they were mixed up experiences that I'd never willingly repeat, I'm glad that I did them and the experience was valuable and worthwhile.
Quote from: Pavlov`s Dog`s Dad`s Dead on November 24, 2021, 05:03:02 PMI had a terrible experience with BC in a SE Asian country around the end of last year/beginning of this. Sure, some of it was to do with a couple of individuals in the centre where I was working, but note that their recruitment process has been really messed up by a number of outsourcing decisions they have made. For instance, I never actually got to see a full contract, never mind sign one; my probationary contract expired and was never replaced. To cap it all, once I'd been hospitalised by the stress, and decided to quit, they initially tried to insist that I should see out the three month notice period stipulated in my contract. That they'd never bothered to issue me with... The people making these decisions never actually spoke to me directly, it all came through my long-suffering line manager. Of course, it might all be very different in a different country. But I'm pretty sure it's the same region, so...So my advice would be to think very carefully if you've not had prior BC experience - I genuinely thought I'd made it to the top of the heap when I was offered that role, but it soon transpired they aren't the fabulous employer that we TEFL drones have been led to believe.ETA: my experience of my actual fellow teachers was overwhelmingly positive, however: interesting and supportive people without exception. The teachers room also did reflect the organisation's rhetoric on inclusion, which was lovely to see in what is often an industry dominated by straight white conventionally attractive people.
Quote from: shoulders on November 24, 2021, 04:41:31 PMEast Pakistan ends with H?!
Quote from: Alberon on November 24, 2021, 06:36:00 PMBangladesh has never bothered visiting me so I don't see why I should visit it.
Quote from: Twit 2 on November 24, 2021, 07:20:28 PMI live in Dhaka and it's great! Don't listen to the naysayers, come at once.
Quote from: Twit 2 on November 24, 2021, 10:06:50 PMJust checked and I live in Norfolk.
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