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Living in Bangladesh Guide

Living in Bangladesh Guide

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 13, 2020

Summary: Expats, global nomads and retirees living in Bangladesh talk about meeting other expats, befriending locals, the local culture, diversity in Bangladesh, international schools, crime and more.

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People living in Bangladesh share their experiences making friends, adjusting to the culture, what expat life is like in Bangladesh, healthcare in Bangladesh and more.

Deciding Where to Live in Bangladesh

When we asked expats living in Bangladesh to offer newcomers advice about choosing a neighborhood and finding a home, they replied:

"Basically my company decided. All expats lived in Gulshan area so we went for same. Baridhara seemed nicer but it was more expensive too. Now they have started construction on high buildings everywhere in both Gulshan and Baridhara and it is quite tough to live in these areas. In a few years these areas will not be so called residential anymore. My company used an agent to see apartments," said one expat living in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Meeting People in Bangladesh

Expats living in Bangladesh talked about meeting people in Bangladesh and local clubs and organizations:

"None. But, check local press and villagers upcoming events, some are really excellent," said one expat living in Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Expat Life in Bangladesh

What is it like living in Bangladesh? Here is what people had to say:

"Work and education are important to all, leisure on the many rivers is excellent, especially River Surma and Kushiara. Annual regatta Fenchuganj NOT to be missed - boat racing GREAT fun, over 50,000 attended. I was treated very fairly until they found I could speak Bengali local variety, then I was treated exceptionally wheel. Driving is nightmare, however you can hire locally for between 16 and 20 pounds a day, includes driver and insurance, pay for your own LP gas - approx 63 pence a liter," said one expat living in Sylhet, Bangladesh.

The Most Challenging Aspects of Living in Bangladesh

Then, we asked expats in Bangladesh what was most challenging about their new culture. They replied:

"Much impatience, poor attempts at Westernization, greed, corruption, lack of understanding about the need for personal space," said one expat living in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

"It is not possible to insist and want every thing to meet your expectations, rather a lot of acceptance and compromise, and precautions on my part becomes necessary. It is necessary to accept and understand that it is a majority-Muslim country and most of the populace put their faith at the disposal of god and normally just try their best in getting the work done for daily survival, there is no benchmark except in the higher hierachy of MNCs, and even then that will be set lower say compare with a country like Singapore or HK," mentioned another expat in Bangladesh.

Diversity in Bangladesh

We asked expats about diversity in Bangladesh and whether locals are accepting of differences. They said:

"Very tolerant, but not of women's clothing. Advise them not to wear too revealing or too short cloths, or clothes that define the shape well. Main town markets are good, however village markets intolerant of unaccompanied ladies," said one expat living in Sylhet, Bangladesh.

International Schools in Bangladesh

"I would look at all alternate options before seriously considering this institution. The teachers try hard and do the best they can in the circumstances, but are unfortunately let down by management. The majority of the teaching faculty are young graduates. This is not a school i'd be sending my children back to, better off at a local Bangladeshi school paying one tenth of the price," said one expat whose children attend Canadian Trillinium School in Dhaka.

"Excellent choice. Small classes, very welcoming, nurturing environment. All teachers are Canadian-certified. School has Canadian accreditation," added another expat with kids at Canadian Trillinium School in Dhaka.

"It is the only school to consider. I would not stay here if school said no. The staff is great and the children have great time.The values are strong! Dhaka is tough bit the school is rewarding in return," commented one expat when asked about AISD in Dhaka.

"Visit the school and get a tour. Check the website and find out about the low tuition fees," remarked another expat living in Dhaka with children attending Australian International School.

"Go for a visit and meet the director, visit the class and, above all, talk with parents from your own nationality to get their feedback," said another expat in Bangladesh with children at EFID French International School.

"Grace is a very good option for all grade levels, the educational level is of a very high standard. For elementary grades you need to apply early, as the classes fill up quickly and the management is keen to maintain small class sizes," remarked another parent with kids at Grace International School in Dhaka.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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