Why to pay for your volunteer abroad experience
‘Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.’
You are planning to volunteer and wonder why most of the programs are charging program fees? Are you thinking that you are working for free, why to pay?
Well let us tell you that paying to volunteer abroad enables the project to make the most out of your volunteer experience as the program fees will cover all costs that will arise with your arrival.
Whether you’ll stay two days or twenty weeks at the project site – you do cost money. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you are a first time volunteer or an experienced one already. You’ll definitely need special training and advising, which here at INLEXCA we gear to the prevailing tasks and project you will be a part of. To guarantee a successful and positive experience we do a whole day of induction and assist you in any matters that arise during your stay.
Many of the costs are incurred even before you leave your home country, like administrative tasks, volunteer recruitment, arranging and designing all of our programs, infrastructure, maintaining our website, making promotional material, establishing new partnerships with other organizations, etc…
Once you have chosen a volunteer placement your fees go into paying our kind staff, Spanish Classes (if you are taking) and:
- Welcome at the airport and private transport to your host family
- Transport to language school and volunteer project site
- 24 hour on call support from in country staff and emergency assistance.
- Program and project orientation.
- Walking tour of local community
- Private room accommodation (shared bathroom) with a host family
- Breakfast and dinner, 7 days/week
- Volunteering placement
- Letter of recommendation
Of course there are additional costs that you would never notice like legal fees, taxes, internet, phone bills, other utilities, maintenance, rental space, insurance, office supplies, ect…
But most importantly, these fees go into making sure you have fulfilling and rewarding experience volunteering and that everything runs smoothly.