Paying a donation to volunteer can seem a strange concept to the uninitiated. Why should someone charge you to work for free? But this is a common misconception about volunteer travel. Arranging a meaningful and responsible volunteer placement that works for both volunteer and the host project takes time, and inevitably costs money. The volunteer work is not what you are paying for. Furthermore, a share of your donation goes directly to the project where you will be volunteering, and all the projets we work with have been carefully chosen by us to ensure that they share the same responsible and sustainable objectives as Globalteer.
So where does your donation go? The exact cost of each element of your placement varies from project to project, but in all cases your donation covers the cost of your accommodation, pre-departure preparation and in-country orientation, supervision and training. For many of our projects it also covers the cost of food and daily transport to and from your placement location.
It also goes towards the cost of running and managing our operations in the countries where we operate, which enable us to identify worthy and sustainable projects and host organisations, as well as helping us to recruit suitable volunteers.
The partner projects we work with not only need your help as volunteers, but also rely on donations to help them in their constant battle to raise funds to cover running costs and to pay for much needed resources. As such they are not in a financial position to cover the costs of hosting volunteers which can add up quickly. In addition, your donation helps to create and pay for employment of local workers, with local language skills and who can also stay with the project long term.
As a registered UK charity, Globalteer is required to ensure that 100% of all monies received are used to promote our charitable objectives. The majority of your donation goes directly to the country that you are travelling to.
For further details go to our “where your money goes