I decided recently to make a life change and take a break from working in the corporate sector.  So here I am, currently living overseas.  I’m employed in the development field, representing VSO as a Management and Professional Development Advisor to an HIV/AIDS NGO based in Dhaka City, Bangladesh. 

The idea of this type of aid is to partner with NGOs to capacity build through skills sharing, being part of the process leading to change and bringing about meaningful and sustainable results (instead of sending lots of lolly!)  

While I work for VSO on behalf of one of their core partner NGO’s it is important to note that all views, comments and opinions published in this blog are relative to my own personal experiences and in no way represent those of either organisation, or any of their employees.


Bernie Allen




  1. Zain Mahmood said,

    19/04/2010 at 8:42 am

    Hi Bernie. Came across your blog – interesting. I’m a staff writer with the daily Star. Its always interesting to compare notes with someone from “outside” looking in at Bangladesh. Perhaps we could meet up for coffee one day?


  2. Bernie Allen said,

    19/04/2010 at 9:54 am

    Hello Zain, and thank you for your comments. I’m just finishing off a six month short term intervention in the Chittagong Hills, which I have very much enjoyed. I return to Dhaka city early May. It would be great to catch up and discuss further my impressions and experience as someone spending a small part of their life among the people and places of Bangladesh.

  3. Mary H said,

    01/12/2010 at 9:14 am

    Hi Bernie,

    Just stumbled upon your blog, as I am poised to move to Dhaka in May/June 2011. I would love to work in the development field after I arrive. Do you have any tips on how to get a development job in Dhaka? I don’t have any previous experience working in development but am willing to start at the bottom and learn so any tips on how to get my foot in the door would be appreciated. =)

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