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Cost of Volunteering Abroad

Secure your placement

Secure your place with a one-off booking fee of £125 to register with Original Volunteers.This provides you with access to all the available projects on our list.

The minimum stay on projects is 1 week.

Unlike most providers, all project fees below which have been paid directly to Original Volunteers are refundable should you change your mind at any stage including any 'unused' stays after arrival, for example, should your plans change after arrival in Africa and you decide to travel with new project friends, an 100% money back guarantee of unused accommodation is available, simply send us an email when you get back home confirming the date you left the project (*see below for more).


Price per week

Weeks 1-2



Extra weeks

Week 3 +



£50 once only contribution for stays up to 3months
£250 once only contribution for stays up to 4 weeks, then £20 a week.
£150 once only contribution for stays up to 3months
Kenya Masai£75£40
Kenya Mombasa£115£85
Mexico Merida£95£95**
Tanzania£200 once only contribution for stays up to 3months
Thailand£125 once only contribution plus £13.50 per week for midweek hotel.
India School Project£125£125
South Africa£125£125

In addition, the 12 months start with Original Volunteers when you arrive at your first project not when you register. This means if you register now and go to a project next year, your year with Original Volunteers starts next year when you arrive at your first project. This gives you extra time to prepare and save for your trip, especially if it will be your first experience of volunteering abroad.

Prices include

The above prices include accommodation and a local coordinator or team to organise a volunteer placement for you and provide additional support. At some projects extras may be included, please check the individual project page. The above prices do not include unless where stated in the individual project description (see individual webpage): flights, visas, volunteer permits (where required), insurance, airport pick-up and transfers, meals and local transport to projects. Some projects may require an additional one off programme contribution and details can be found on the individual webpage.

100% refundable

*Please note we are unable to refund monies paid for 'used' stays, pickups provided when we or your project coordinator were unaware of your cancellation, separate additional organisational fees and project programme contributions which do not form part of your weekly contribution. We are unable to refund any project fees or other payments which are made between volunteer and project directly whether before travel or after arrival.

** Mexico Merida
Please note from 06-Sept-2012 the price for Mexico Merida will change from week 1-2 £95, week 3+ £50, to week 1-2 £95, week 3+ £95.

The above prices are valid for all registrations received 7th May 2011 onwards (until 7th May 2012) and are also valid for any registered volunteers applying to join additional 'add on' projects within the period 7th May 2011 to 7th May 2012. You will be provided with an invoice before travel with details of how and when to pay.

Not sure where to volunteer?

Call our projects advisor team on 01603 627007.
You can also change your arrival date and volunteer destination at any time.