Costs are an important element to take into consideration when planning a volunteering opportunity, and this article breaks down what exactly "volunteering costs" mean, include, and what you should be looking into when considering your next volunteering.
I'm already Volunteering my skills and time - why do I need to pay?
Most non-profit organizations simply cannot afford to cover the costs of the volunteer's stay with their organization.
So, while it is true that volunteers are not paid for the work that they offer, many organizations may ask for a fee to help cover the expenses associated with the stay.
Is there such a thing as FREE VOLUNTEERING?
While many organizations cannot support volunteers throughout their work, there are different arrangements to handle a volunteer's living expenses/
In general, these can be divided into 3 categories:
1) Independent - No costs required, No accommodation, Meals not covered:
This means that while there is no fee required for participation, the organization does not cover the volunteer's meals, accommodation, or other expenses. In this case, the volunteer is responsible to ensure their own accommodation and meals expenses.
2) Covered - Costs required, Includes accommodation, Includes Meals:
This refers to when an organization requires a fee which will be used to supply meals, accommodation, or other expenses.In this case, the volunteer is covered and is not responsible to ensure their own accommodation and meals.
3) Free - Costs not required, Includes accommodation, Includes Meals:
This refers to organizations that are able to support the volunteer throughout their work.
With this, we recommend that the conditions to be communicated to the fullest extent - to avoid misunderstandings.
Who receives the payment?
GivingWay is not a volunteer-placement agency and refrains from working with them; thus, all payments made to organizations are transferred directly to them, and in full.
Also, these costs are substantially lower that those requested by volunteer-placement agencies.
I can't afford it! What alternative do I have to volunteer abroad?
There are many people around the world who would like to volunteer but cannot set out to volunteer abroad, for many different reasons - that's why we've introduced "Volunteering from Home" feature.