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- Volunteer in India
- Volunteer in India-Himalaya
- Volunteer in Nepal
- Volunteer in Nepal-Himalaya
- Volunteer in Sri Lanka
- Volunteer in Thailand
- Volunteer in Ghana
- Volunteer in Kenya
- Volunteer in South Africa
- Volunteer in Tanzania
- Volunteer in Uganda
- Internship in Cambodia
- Internship in China
- Internship in Nepal
- Internship in India
- Internship in Sri Lanka
- Internship in Thailand
- Internship in Ghana
- Internship in Kenya
- Internship in South Africa
- Internship in Tanzania
- Internship in Uganda
- Desert Elephant - Namibia
- Noah's Ark - Namibia
- Save our Wildlife - Namibia
- Wildlife Care Centre - South Africa
- Monkey Project - South Africa
- Horse Rehabilitation - South Africa
- Private Game Farm - South Africa
- Big 5 - South Africa
- Fee Cambodia - $350
- Fee China - $350
- Fee Nepal - $100
- Fee Nepal-Himalaya - $350
- Fee India - $250
- Fee India-Himalaya - $300
- Fee Sri Lanka - $155
- Fee Bali- $250
- Fee Thailand - $260
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- Volunteer Abroad 101
Most popular questions
- What is Volunteer Abroad?
- Why volunteer abroad?
- Is Volunteering really for Me?
- What is ethical volunteering?
- Volunteer Abroad Complaints
- What are the Most Popular Volunteer Abroad Places?
- How Can You Select the Best Volunteer Abroad Organizations?
- How can you make volunteer abroad experience rewarding?
- Cost/Money Matter
- How can I find free volunteer opportunities abroad?
- Why do I need to pay to volunteer?
- Health and Safety
- Host family
- How to prepare to volunteer abroad?
- Gift for project/host families
- In-country support or when you will be in field
- What is the daily schedule for projects?
- What are popular volunteer abroad project?
- How can you reduce the cost of volunteer abroad?
Free Guides and Ebooks
- Free Volunteer Guide - Cambodia
- Free Volunteer Guide - China
- Free Volunteer Guide - Nepal
- Free Volunteer Guide - India
- Free Volunteer Guide - Sri Lanka
- Free Volunteer Guide - Thailand
- Free Volunteer Guide - Ghana
- Free Volunteer Guide - Kenya
- Free Volunteer Guide - South Africa
- Free Volunteer Guide - Tanzania
- Free Volunteer Guide - Uganda
- Free Volunteer Guide - Argentina
- Free Volunteer Guide - Brazil
- Free Volunteer Guide - Costa Rica
- Free Volunteer Guide - Ecuador
- Free Volunteer Guide - Guatemala
- Free Volunteer Guide - Mexico
- Free Volunteer Guide - Peru
Allocation of program fee
Allocation of program fee
IFRE offers the most affordable and financially honest/transparent volunteer experience. No other volunteer organization till date has shown this level of transparency and tell where your money is going? We have gained the trust of hundreds of volunteers with the level of transparency we have maintained.
Our pricing model divides the volunteer fees into two parts:
Application Fee - $299
Volunteers need to pay an application fee of $299 to IFRE. We need this fee just to sustain the organization. We need this fee to pay for advertisement, rent, staff salaries, utilities, taxes, and other operational expenses.
Weekly Program Fees
To run volunteer programs in any country, we need to pay host families(food/room), country coordinator (local staffs) and project (donation- as projects are poor and need financial help). Therefore, weekly fee goes to 3 places. There is no rigid proportion of how fee is allocated, as it varies with location, project and other factors. But the following is a generalized allocation of fees that is normally done:
- Host Families (60%-80%)
- Project Donation (10% - 20%)
- Local Country Office Expenses/Staffs (10-30%)
Do you really pay directly to host families and projects?
You can always ask your country coordinator, the details about how your fee is allocated. And you can give the portion allocated for host families/project (donation) by yourself. But most of our volunteers chose to first give weekly fee to country coordinator and later country coordinator distributes it to host families and projects. However, you have every right to ask your host family and project people, how much they are receiving.
Again, this model is not 100% perfect, but this is the best we can do to maintain a level of financial transparency and to explain where your money is being channelized to.
why the fee is paid to local staffs
Many volunteers ask why the fee is paid to local staffs? Even we wish we could give your money only to the host families (room/food) and to the project but unfortunately, no one works for free. And we need someone to take care of you. So we have our obligations to pay our local staffs (and associate expenses like office rents, telephone, travel, and other expenses)
hope it helps