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How Much Does It Cost To Volunteer Abroad?
Originally posted at GO! Overseas.
What you need to know:
- There is a wide range of program costs when it comes to volunteering abroad
- Flights to and from the programs tend to account for a large portion of the costs
- You can save money by volunteering closer to home!
You probably know this by now, but almost every volunteer program requires their volunteers to pay in order to volunteer abroad—but rather than listing the reasons why, or what program fees cover, in this article we’ll be taking a close look at just how much your volunteer abroad experience might cost you.
To research this subject, I started with the State of the Volunteer Travel Industry, 2009 report, which found that volunteers are most interested in traveling to Peru, Costa Rica, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
From there, I narrowed down international volunteer organizations working in these countries. Three are included under each destination to give a broad idea of the costs and types of work available...