The Benefits Of Paying To Volunteer

volunteer feeding leopards

Why Pay: The Cost Of Volunteering

Volunteering is a highly fulfilling way to spend a gap year. Whether you choose to teach schoolchildren, save the rainforest, conserve marine life, or protect wildlife, it can be extremely valuable for your confidence, knowledge, life experience and CV.

You probably know that volunteer work is unpaid, but have you ever considered paying to volunteer? Sounds strange, right? Well, there are a few very important reasons why paying to volunteer is well worth the money.

Supporting Local Projects
Small, local projects, which often do the most vital work, don’t have the budgets to pay for volunteers’ food and accommodation, so the cost of a volunteer project pays for the bed and board. This means that the work you do has more of a positive impact, without costing the local community to put you up.

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Security
Paying for volunteer projects increases security. Projects are checked for suitability, quality and safety, to ensure that each one is beneficial to the area and the volunteer, and that everything needed is provided, including available accommodation. You can also receive 24/7 support from the organisation, from the moment you book to the second you step foot in your volunteer location.

Knowledge & Experience
You wouldn’t pay someone who didn’t know what they were doing, and the same goes for volunteer projects. By paying to volunteer, you gain the knowledge and experience of travel experts who have volunteered themselves, and who can answer any questions you may have.

volunteer with leopard cub

A Better Quality
You get what you pay for in this world, so if you pay to volunteer, you’re going to get a much better and higher quality experience than if you don’t. The money you pay goes a long way towards transport including airport pick-up and drop-off, accommodation, food, training, support at home and overseas, and even qualifications such as TEFL and PADI certificates. All of this makes you feel much safer than if you were to go it alone, especially in a foreign country.

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Frontier has a range of paid-for volunteer projects to provide incredible experiences that are without a doubt worth the money. From whale and dolphin conservation in Tenerife, to teaching schoolchildren in Fiji and studying lemurs in Madagascar, there are so many amazing opportunities to volunteer around the world, with the great feeling of being looked after. The cost of the projects is a small price to pay for such an experience.

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