Why do I need to pay to volunteer?
A lot of beginners to volunteering abroad often wonder why pay to volunteer abroad when all you are trying to do is contribute your time to help others? It may seem ironic to many that you have to spend your money in addition to contributing your energy for a cause that you are passionate about. However, a lot of volunteers fail to understand that the money that they pay for a volunteer program is vital to the organization in order to effectively run their projects.
So, why should you pay to volunteer abroad? First of all, do keep in mind that the volunteer organization may not be for profit, but it is still a company that has overhead costs and employees’ salaries to be paid. Most volunteer organizations do not get any funding from the government and are completely dependent on the program fees that you pay to run their programs. Your money is vital to cover for expenses in maintaining the office, rent, salary, and tax of the company. Additionally, the organization would also need the money to cover your expenses such as room, food, airport pickup, project donations, salary and expenses of the country office.
Therefore, please do not think that the organization is trying to cheat you by overcharging for their volunteer projects. While there may be some scam companies out there, most organizations simply need your program fee to sustain their projects and help the communities in need.
Volunteer Abroad 101
- 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?