Why do you pay to volunteer overseas
By: Elizabeth Gregory (justin) 2012.04.01
Working with a variety of organizations in 7 countries, BaseCamp offers tailored volunteer training and mutually benefiting placements. Volunteers work in schools, social and healthcare programs, building projects, as well as conservation work with wildlife. Travel with a purpose.
Why Pay to Volunteer Overseas?
If you are just starting to research the possibility of volunteering abroad, you will find many options available. You can do almost anything you want, anywhere in the world. However, you may be shocked to find out that there are fees and other costs involved when you go through an organization that assists you in finding your optimal volunteer overseas.
Why should I pay to volunteer overseas?
The benefits of going through an agency that places you in a volunteer position are great, especially if you are new to volunteering abroad. Although different agencies offer different things, below is a sampling of what may be included in your fees:
Another reason fees may be involved is that the overseas organizations that accept volunteers may not have the resources available to provide room and board. The organizations may be under funded or understaffed and sometimes rely heavily on volunteers to keep their projects going. The wide range of activities taken care of dictate the fees charged, which often range from only a few hundred to several thousand dollars per person.
There are also organizations that can compensate volunteers with room and board or with a small stipend while they volunteer.
Can I still volunteer overseas if I choose not to pay?
Of course you can! There are many options available for volunteer work once you arrive to your destination country. The trick is that you have to know where to go to find what you want to do. If you are new to traveling abroad, or are going to a country that you are not familiar with, this may be easier said than done. Keep in mind, some organizations only accept volunteers from agencies, since they know the volunteers are screened ahead of time. The best way to find what you're looking for is to ask around. If you are looking to volunteer in a hospital, for example, go to the hospital and ask about the possibility of volunteering abroad. If they say no, try another hospital. Be persistent. The bottom line is: Whether you choose to volunteer overseas through an agency or try to go it alone without paying, your best bet is to research your destination country and the options available. This way, you will get the most out of your volunteering abroad experience.