A lot of people ask this question over and over again ”why is there a need to pay to volunteer” or ”where does my money go”? Well before you draw any conclusions to these questions, there are a few things you should know or consider about why these volunteering programs comes with a fee. Project fees vary on what kind of project you want to do and how long you want to stay on that project for. From logistics, induction and orientation to in-country support 24/7, our organisation is there to make sure that you get the most out of your time in Ghana.
We are very transparent about where your money is spent when you sign up to volunteer or do your internship through our organisation. So just in case you have any questions about the money you will be paying, kindly check out the details below this page. You can and you should ask the organisation for a complete breakdown of where all your full program fees is going even if you are not in doubt. Sometimes people might think that it is cheaper to travel alone on your own volunteer trip but there are many benefits of volunteering or interning through an organisation like ours. It takes a lot of time and sometimes it can be very difficult to find a volunteering project to work on or support in a foreign country.
THIS IS WHAT WE PROVIDE
1. Airport Pickup & Orientation
Forget being overwhelmed in the arrivals area and ripped off by the taxi guy. After traveling halfway around the world to a country you’ve never visited, there is nothing better than being greeted by a friendly face at the airport who then carry your bags and and get you away in a car to your final destination which will be your host family. When the time comes for you to leave, you have someone willing and ready to help you get back to the airport and give a big hug as you head off.
As a volunteer, you can be very useful. However it takes time to understand not only your role but how your placement organization works as well as local cultural practices and etiquette, which is why orientation and training are a crucial part of any responsible volunteer program. You will need to shadow someone in the organization and s/he will show you everything you need to know. Often it takes a week or two to really get you working on your own and used to your new environment.
In some cases, orientation will also include language training or cultural orientation by one of the Volunteer Supervisors of the organisation. The fees paid by volunteers helps the organisation to develop their training and hire on quality individuals to run them.
One the most difficult part of picking up your life and traveling to another country is all about the logistics involved. From finding a place to live to obtaining the perfect volunteer placement, the details are much easier to accomplish when you have a local there to guide you or take care of it for you – who, obviously, needs an income. Additionally, the World Connect organisation has developed relationships with schools, hospitals, and Care centers in the country. As such, it is only through our organisation that you can get a placement there to work as a volunteer or intern. The project you choose to volunteer with will always have costs in facilitating, managing, and monitoring your involvement, which are all essential elements in making your volunteer work abroad meaningful and sustainable
3. Food & Accommodation (Host Family)
The organization charging a fee does not only set up your accommodation but also include the cost of living in your program fee. If you stay with a host family, you have your meals cooked for you by the host family, in this case we would have to pay them in advance or pay them when you arrive. Electricity and water are also provided by the host family and the cost of these utilities is all included in the full program fee that you will pay so you need NOT to pay any host family any extra money to cover the cost of electricity and water when you go live with them.
4. In-Country Assistance, Program Support & Continuity
Perhaps the volunteer placement is not all you hoped it would be. Or you need help sorting out a banking issue, renewing a visa, or tracking down a doctor who can help you when sick. Having some in-country assistance to help with issues that inevitably arise can be extremely useful, especially if you are not fluent in the local language(s). Our staff members know which doctors to visit when you are sick, where the best places to buy souvenirs or go shopping in general, how to avoid being cheated, where to get the best transport system and so much more.
Plus they are around to help at all hours of the day, so if an emergency happens on a weekend or in the night, you have someone to call. They will also keep in touch with family members if the unlikely happens and you need to be evacuated from the country or fall seriously ill. For those with worrying parents, the peace of mind might be worth the money.
As an independent organization, we need money to run our programs. We do not get any Funding from anywhere or anyone other than volunteer fees. Our organization may tack on a fee for the programs, and the staff are required to run them. Thus the organization need to keep paid staff members to ensure continuity of the program and administrative duties.
A lot more goes into your volunteer experience than you might expect. Your fee also covers indirect costs that make your stay in Ghana worthwhile.Our volunteers benefit from the experience and knowledge of our local staff. These staff members provide 24/7 support to all volunteers and interns, build relationships with local project partners. Part of your fee covers their salaries, benefits and regular training, all year round.
Some other indirect costs includes local office rent, equipment, communication infrastructure and utilities. We also pay government registration and yearly renewal costs of operating and provide for bookkeeping and tax reporting.
5. Trips and Excursions
Our organisation go a step further to convince you to choose to volunteer through us by setting up trips for the volunteers. From going on a safari in Mole National Park to visiting local ruins, to day trips to the beach, this is a great way to see the country without being responsible for the logistics. Plus it means you will have the opportunity to better acquaint yourself with your fellow volunteers and local staff.
As a corporate organisation, we pay taxes just like any other company. You pay taxes and so do we. We fall under the corporate tax section of the Ghana Revenue Authority so this means that we are required to pay 25% of tax annually. We pay all Taxes required of us by the Ghana Government and we do not receive any subsidies from the government.