Some prospective volunteers are surprised to learn that many programs charge their volunteers a fee to participate.
At first, this can seem ridiculous – Why should you pay money to work for free? Aren’t you already forgoing income you could be making?
Here are a few things to keep in mind while considering why the vast majority of volunteer programs charge a fee:
• Naucrates as non-profit organization has limited resources and is not able to subsidize your trip or cover the costs of hosting you. These costs include accommodation, food and transport, among numerous other things.
• Volunteers should not replace possible local employees. If we did have the financial resources to pay for the work in the projects, it would most certainly be more beneficial and cost-effective to hire a local person, someone who already knows the language and culture and this way also support local economy.
• To work and supervise a project overseas is time-consuming, takes resources, and requires an experienced and professional staff.
• The process of preparing, training, transporting, housing, feeding, and supervising volunteers is not cheap. Additional services such as health care, re-entry assistance, and more, all add to the expenses of a program.
• The costs of recruiting volunteers, producing literature, answering the phones, sending mailings, developing a web site, and interviewing potential volunteers are significant.
• Your contribution covers not only the direct costs of your participation in the project, but is also used to cover salaries of local staff, instruments and equipment used to conduct the project, educational materials, research permits etc.
All in all, the volunteer contributions are a major source of funding to run the projects. If you want to know more details about our funding, please read more about finances>>