Volunteering on a budget
Does travelling abroad and making a difference to local communities on a volunteer project sound like just a daydream to you? You’ve probably researched all sorts of flights, countries and projects, and no matter what it just seems that little bit out of reach.
It doesn’t need to be a daydream. Volunteering abroad is possible on any budget. We’re always looking for ways to keep costs low and help our volunteers fund the experience of a lifetime. Here are a few tips to make that volunteering trip a reality:
1) Compare your options
You might already have a project or destination in mind. But if you're not quite sure of your choice then our Care projects in Nepal, Ghana, Costa Rica or Sri Lanka might be for you. The Care projects in these destinations are some of our most affordable.
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 meet and speak to 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. First off, you make a much more meaningful contribution to your project, as you build your skills and experience and develop deeper relationships with the people and communities with which you work. Not only this, the average cost of your trip will keep coming down. Costs such as flight tickets will be the same, whether you go for two weeks or twelve.
There are also 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 after you’ve submitted your application. You will just need to pay a deposit of £195 to confirm your application. The remaining balance can be paid in installments up until three months before your departure.
5) Think about any extra expenses
Because 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 with all the new friends you’ve made, 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 - to £200 - 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 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 super-cheap discount ticket when you see it. Don’t forget our projects have no fixed dates. If flights are cheaper for you on a specific day, we can work around that.
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, give us a call on 01903 708300 or drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to help you find just the right project and advice on how to make it happen.