Paying to volunteer
Going abroad to volunteer is a noble and exhilarating experience. However, there is always a price. Volunteers need a place to stay, meals, transportation and construction materials to do their work. There are also behind-the-scenes costs for the staff to develop and organize trips, monitor projects and provide safety and support. A part of the trip fees charged by DWC also goes to the in-country partner and the project itself.
As a non-profit organization, DWC can issue tax receipts for volunteers’ trips abroad. Volunteers can do their own fundraising and we’ll give tax receipts to their donors who give $20 or more.
Where your money goes
Program fee: We dedicate time, staff, training and resources to make sure your trip has a positive impact for you and the community abroad. We create trips and make sure everything needed is in place, from issuing charitable receipts to sending out pre-departure information to maintaining a website. There are many costs that go into making your volunteer trip happen.
As a charity, our mandate is to never exceed 13% direct administration costs and we are proud to say that we continue to uphold this.
In-country costs: While volunteering, you need food, lodging, transportation and guidance in-country. We use local operators and buy local materials and supplies, restaurants and hotels as much as possible. The in-country costs we charge ensure those expenses are paid.
Project cost: Each volunteer contributes $500 to the project. Of that amount, $400 goes directly to our in-country partner for project materials, hiring local labourers and to support other programs they operate such as educating and feeding children, legal and community work and, in some cases, their administration costs.
The remaining $100 is used for us to develop projects, assess trips, monitor past projects and meet our obligations to the Canada Revenue Agency.