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Partner Organization:  Congregation of the Holy Cross in Bangladesh

Location:  2019 students served in parishes in Jalchatra and Srimangal, Bangladesh. 2021 locations may change.

Number of Students:  2-4 students

Dates:  Site sets dates. Expect U.S. departure as soon as possible after final exams or Graduation in order to maximize overlap with the local school session. Recent years has had a mid-May arrival.

In person opportunities summer 2021: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2021: To be determined

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  None, but openness and desire to learning a tribal language specific to your location:  Bangla, Mandi, Khasia, or Garo.
  • Gender Requirement:  Male
  • Required Experience:  Experience teaching or tutoring with youth and appreciation for culture and other religions
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements:  This site was developed in collaboration with the Men's Bengal Bouts Boxing Club. With special funding available from the club, applicants from Bengal Bouts managers and boxers may receive priority preference  (based on qualification) for two or more of the positions. Bengal Bouts applicants must demonstrate prior involvement and commitment to the Bengal Bouts Boxing Club. As of 2019, this site welcomes applications from across the student body and should not deter others from applying. 
  • Other:  Students are expected to participate in the prayer and community life of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  (The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • Blood Borne Pathogen Training
  • Activities and Instructional Tactics in Teaching EFL
  • Classroom Management Training
  • Teaching at your ISSLP site Training
  • Working with Children Training
  • Congregation of the Holy Cross Orientation
  • Self-Defense Session

Site Description:  

See the Congregation of the Holy Cross website; see Strong Bodies Fight website.

In the summer of 2008, five Bengal Bouts athletes visited the various Holy Cross ministries in Bangladesh, marking the first ever student trip in the Bengal Bouts’ 80 year history of service to the region. In its oldest surviving mission effort outside of North America, the Congregation of Holy Cross and the Sisters of Holy Cross have 185 Holy Cross religious, primarily natives, serving the church and people of the predominantly Islamic country. In the capital city of Dhaka, Holy Cross runs several prominent educational institutions including two colleges, two technical schools, and multiple literacy programs and social projects for underprivileged children. Outside Dhaka, Holy Cross maintains several parishes in the more remote villages of the tribal peoples, who are considered the poorest of the poor and often regarded as inferior. Education is considered a valuable tool in empowering these vulnerable people, and Holy Cross works tirelessly to provide the opportunity for these people to receive an education.

The preeminent ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross is service to the people of God and lives out this desire in three main apostolates:  Education, Parish Work, and Missions. The Congregation’s mottos are Ave Crux, Spes Unica, “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.” It is in this spirit of bringing hope that lay men and women are invited to collaborate and participate in the ministry and missions of Holy Cross around the world. 

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival/engagement.

This site will be in person for summer 2021. Virtual opportunities are still being determined.

Students can expect to serve in a teaching capacity, primarily as English teachers, but possibly in other roles.  Students should expect to teach to differing levels of English proficiency, ages (primary school, high school, college, and adults), and occupational status (students, religious, teachers, etc.).  Teaching atmosphere could entail anything from large classroom lessons to weekend long seminars or even small tutoring sessions. Site is interested in having students design or research modules for Pre-K to 8th and 9th-12th  grades for English as a second language with particular attention to the context of Bangladesh.  Site is also interested in students’ short term or long term assessment and research.  Students also accompany priests to villages in remote areas and assist where necessary.

The Bengal Bouts Boxing Club plays a crucial role in deepening the relationship between the Notre Dame community and the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh. Representatives of the ND Bengal Bouts boxing program accepted to the ISSLP are expected to serve as beneficiaries, benefactors and advocates of the Holy Cross in Bangladesh

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students live with the Holy Cross priests in housing on the Parish and school compound.  Students live in community with the Holy Cross priests which include sharing meals, prayer, and Mass together. At certain parishes, ISSLP students may lodge in the same building as the school students.  Running water and electricity are available but often limited by electrical shortages

For More Information:

Visit the Congregation of Holy Cross website:  and the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bangladesh:

See for more information. See the trailer in HD  Facebook Fan Page:  See for information on the bouts and history of the Bengal Bouts program.

For former ISSLPers’ experience in Bangladesh, view: or;;;

Former ISSLP Participants:

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.
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