Volunteer work that fits your budget
Does travelling abroad and making a difference to local communities sound like your kind of adventure? You’ve probably researched all sorts of flights, countries and projects, and no matter what, it just seems that little bit out of reach.
Well, it doesn’t need to be. Volunteering abroad is possible on any budget. We’re always looking for ways to keep costs down and help our volunteers fund the experience of a lifetime. Here are a few tips that can help make that volunteering trip a reality:
1) Compare your options
2) Look for sponsors
We know how tough it can be to raise money for a volunteering trip, so we’ve put together a comprehensive fundraising guide for you. Here, you can get different ideas on how to raise money to pay for your trip. Get your friends, family and everyone you know involved with making a positive difference to a community in need!
3) Volunteering for a longer period
It’s always best to join a volunteer project for as long as you can. Firstly, your impact on the project will be much greater, and you will develop stronger skills and deeper relationships with the people and communities with which you work. Secondly, the average cost of your trip will keep coming down. Expenses such as flights will be the same whether you go for two weeks or twelve, and there are set costs for us to send each volunteer, but these are covered in the price for the first two weeks of any trip. From there, the price per week is lower, and you get more mileage from your fees the longer you stay.
4) Spread your costs
You don’t have to pay the full fee for your project once you’ve submitted your application. You will just need to pay a deposit to confirm your application. The rest of the amount can be paid in parts up until three months before your departure.
5) Think about any extra expenses
As the majority of the costs are already covered in your project fee, you will only have to set aside a budget for your visa, your flight and any additional activities during your free time, such as going out, buying souvenirs or going on an independent trip to explore the country you’re visiting. How much money you spend depends entirely on you, but you will need on average €50 - €250 per month.
6) Plan ahead and make it happen
Your dream volunteering trip is possible, especially if you’re committed and dedicated to making it a reality. Most important is to have a plan. Even saving a small amount of money each month over a year can quickly add up to that trip of a lifetime. Set a goal amount and work towards that. Planning ahead also means you can research the best flight dates and prices, and book that cheap discount ticket when you see it.
We’re as excited about making your trip a reality as you are. If you’re thinking about volunteering, and just not sure if it’s possible, get in touch with us today. We’ll be happy to help you find just the right project and advise you on how to make it happen.