Volunteer Abroad Fees
Why spend thousands on volunteering? It shouldn't cost that much! With 25 years of volunteer abroad experience, IVI are pioneers of international volunteering. While we encourage long term volunteering we recognize the need for purposeful short term travel experiences. Most programs are designed in weekly or fortnightly allotments enabling volunteers to mix and match placements as desired with a one off application fee charged per country. Many of our volunteers visit multiple destinations in the same itinerary. Depending on the country, we offer long term, standard and/or specialty placements.
Long term placements involve significantly reduced fees as the impact that can be made over a longer period offsets the cost of lodging and meals associated. Note that IVI have access to many additional long term opportunities not listed on this website. For any queries go to the contact us page to submit a request.
Standard placements are extremely varied but generally do not require any specialist qualifications, however specific skills are always encouraged. Options such as orphanages, teaching & community development etc fall into this category. The placement fees cover the essential costs involved in ensuring volunteers receive a quality and safe volunteer experience with meals, accommodation and transportation always included. We beleive our programs represent incredible value especially compared to many of our competitors who's fees are significantly higher for very similar inclusions.
Specialty placements are unique opportunities involving either specialist skills or qualifications or programs which involve higher costs due to the nature of the experience. It's possible to mix and match, specialty placements with standard placements, please enquire when submitting your application as the fees will be less for this type of arrangement.
What's included in the fees?
The Application Fee covers the marketing, administration and inspection costs to ensure a safe and high quality experience for every volunteer abroad.
The Placement Fee covers arrival airport transfer, on the ground coordination, supervision and orientation, accommodation and meals, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs such as local council permits etc. Our dedicated ground operators are very well established and are experts in the local areas and needs. These fees directly support the local community.
Additional Costs to Consider
Flights, visa, vaccinations, travel Insurance (mandatory), local language lessons, tours, souvenirs, and spending money.
Click 'pay deposit' to pay the US$275 fee to secure your placement
Click 'apply now' to complete your online application.
Once your placement is confirmed, an invoice will be emailed to you which outlines your confirmed program, dates and details. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Payment can be made via credit card through this site (using secure Paypal), or by electronic funds transfer as per the invoice.