Costs of Volunteer Work

Why Pay to Volunteer in Africa?

It may seem like an odd idea to pay to volunteer abroad – why on earth should someone charge you to work for free? This, however, is a common misconception about volunteer travel, as it’s not the volunteer work itself you are paying for.

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The projects represented by Khaya have precious few resources, and are not in a position to cover the costs of hosting volunteers. General costs such as meals, housing and transport for a volunteer can add up very quickly – and projects just don’t have those kind of funds. Even if there were enough funds available, they would be better used to create employment for local workers who are more likely to stay with the project for the long run.

So where does your money go? The volunteer fee you pay covers your accommodation, food, transport, training, preparation and supervision. It will also go towards recruiting you through our website, marketing material, promotional tours and general overhead to keep Khaya going. We help projects in need of volunteers by promoting them to interested individuals. Taking on this challenge also creates costs for Google advertising and marketing material, so all of this is integrated into your volunteering fees.

One of your biggest investments is your peace of mind – which involves having someone available to assist you in case of an emergency. An emergency could be something like simply falling ill when you are here, but also the small possibility of unrest in the community, riots and any other situation which will require you to ask for help. Khaya Volunteers is behind you all the way and is there to help you deal with any emergency or uncertain situation that may arise.

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Sure, you could step on a plane, step off, knock on some doors and ask if you can help by volunteering. But you probably only have a couple of weeks and don't want to waste time hunting for a project that suits you, and you want information and peace of mind about the countries you are visiting – let a professional company organise the whole trip for you! And of course, for that service, we need to charge the volunteer a fee.

Khaya is just the ticket you need if you’re a first-timer, don’t have a lot of time to plan your own trip, want to gain volunteering experience in a specific field or wish to be a part of a community project. Many volunteers have said that this was a life-changing experience for them, but what you get from your time as a volunteer is up to you. You get out what you put in. Let Khaya help you to figure out where and how you’re going to give your all and help those in need, while at the same time enjoying the wonders of Africa and its people, and have the most fun and rewarding experience possible.


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Fundraising to volunteer abroad for free
Volunteer World
WYSE Travel Confederation
SAYTC - South African Youth Travel Confederation
Khaya Volunteer Projects application
Lilizela Provincial Visitor Experience Award