Why Pay To Volunteer

Volunteering while travelling has a far greater and positive impact than merely travelling to another country.
Volunteering enthusiasts often ask us ‘Why do I have to pay to volunteer? Should I not get supported by the project
to which I am going to help?’

It is a valid question and here are some of the facts about the projects that need volunteer support:

  • 1. Most worthwhile projects in general lack resources and they need whatever support they can get.
  • 2. It is therefore not possible for projects to provide support to international volunteers. They can only provide an opportunity to volunteers for learning and making a contribution.
  • 3. If the projects had the funds, they would be benefited more by taking in local staff who would know the culture and the work to be done. Local staff can also stay longer than most volunteers can.
  • 4. The volunteers at Idex programs get a whole range of support and services that make their trips and volunteer experiences thoroughly enjoyable.

These are:

  • Airport pick-up and transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Workshops
  • Weekend trips
  • Translation support during volunteer work
  • Pre-departure information support

5. Finally, in reality, what you are paying for are:

  • Well organised and safe trip
  • Having lots of cultural experiences with the local community and with other international people during your programs, without having to worry about food, accommodation and other such basic facilities
  • Making sure that there is a good project which has well organised and worthwhile work for you
  • Your visit to an exotic country offering you various opportunities

6. Sometimes people also ask us “Can I do volunteering without paying?”
To that our answer is: Yes. You certainly can. There are a large number of social organisations that would be happy to get enthusiastic support from you and it is likely to be a good experience for you. However, since what they primarily do is social work, in most likelihood, you will need to make your own arrangements for food, accommodation, etc.
The challenges with this option are:

  • To find the right project or organisation
  • To ensure that the project activities are well organised and that your presence is of benefit there and you don’t have to sit around doing nothing or doing any aimless activity
  • To ensure that the meals, accommodation and other facilities provided to you are hygienic
  • To make sure that there is someone to contact in case of emergency
  • To verify if there are other volunteers around so that you are not bored during your free time or at least if you are located in a place where there are interesting things to do

7. We are also asked “Volunteering is awesome. But I don’t know how to find the money”.

  • Your volunteering experience is perhaps going to be the most life-altering trip that you would have ever undertaken (or will undertake). What this means is that you are making an investment in your own personal growth and development.
  • One of the best ways to find the money is to look for those people or sources interested in your development.
  • These could be your family, school or university, the Corporate Social Responsibility Cell of a large organisation, a local community group sponsoring young people from their community in developing themselves and other sources. The list can be long if you invest your time in searching.
  • Finally, of course, you need to answer for yourself “How important is it for me to develop myself? Will I spend my time and money in some frivolous merry making or will I do something valuable that makes me a better person and the world a better place?” Only you can answer that question. And the answer will guide your way.