When beginning the exciting adventure of volunteering, we often get asked 'Why do I have to pay to volunteer?' We have put together the following blog to give you an understanding of exactly why and how you money is spent to help answer any question... We hope it helps! Overall breakdown of the volunteer Fee: Of the volunteer’s fee, 70% of it goes directly to ground operations at the project, 24% for head office operations and overhead expenses and 6% is the company’s profit which over time is reinvested into furthering its impact on the African continent. We have listed some of the project costs that the company has to outlay before you get into the field and onto your project. We hope this will explain why some of your contributions remain with African Impact.
Volunteer project costs breakdown The project placements include: • All airport transfers from the nearest airport upon your arrival and departure • Orientation and training • All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay • Full board and lodging which includes three meals a day at our volunteer house • Weekly laundry service during your stay • 24 hour assistance and support by various African Impact staff and project managers. Volunteer accommodation rental: the majority of volunteer accommodation African Impact that rents is in the town/city closest to the projects it supports. Office rental: African Impact rents office space in Harare, Livingstone, Kenya and South Africa Employee’s wages: currently African Impact employs eight members of staff in the Head Office and approximately 60 staff in the field. In addition, further temporary staff are employed to cover the busy seasons. Transport for project staff and volunteers: each project has sufficient vehicles to transport volunteers and project staff to and from projects and volunteer bases. Project development: as part of the company’s objective to support sustainable initiatives and to help continuously improve projects, African Impact provides funding where it is most needed. This helps to provide the necessary tools for volunteers and staff to assist, as well as giving as much as we can to the projects to empower them, without encouraging dependency on our support. Training: some of the projects call for staff with certain skills and expertise, and in these circumstances the company offers full training.
How do the finances work with projects?
The number of African-based community support initiatives that could accommodate, transport, feed and support volunteers in the field without external funding are few and far between. The school that we support in Cape Town, for example could not be expected to support ten volunteers whose physical assistance and care they need, but whose food and accommodation bill they could never meet. Likewise, with our conservation projects, the expansion of enclosures, the feeding of the lions, the veterinary drugs and staff salaries of researchers and vets would not be possible without the monetary support we receive. African Impact is also able to commit to supporting projects throughout the year, irrelevant of the number of volunteers staying at the project. Each African Impact project has a permanent team of staff who are employed all year round to maintain a constant and consistent presence in the local communities. Many other organizations dictate to community projects how much they will give them and how they will go about implementing certain funds and leave them no choice. African Impact feels that it is vital to liaise with our project partners to ensure community involvement at a grass roots level, clarity and trust on both sides of the partnership, so that we can work together for a brighter future. Volunteers, once they are on site, are welcome to spend their personal money on extra activities and socialising, but they can be reassured that the basic living and day to day food and utility costs are taken care of. Volunteers can be confident that the work they are undertaking is changing the lives of the people and the communities they live in; and that the help from African Impact, generated from their volunteer fees and placements, keeps these projects going throughout the year and will continue to do so into the future.
Your Involvement with the Community
Many of our community and conservation projects have benefited from generous donations made by volunteers. These donations are gratefully appreciated by the projects and they really do go a long way. African Impact encourages and provides assistance to those who wish to donate funds through The Happy Foundation, (UK Charity No: 112359), to the project that you are volunteering at. This donation can either be from fundraising events, charity days/events or from a place of your choice, such as a donation from your family. For more information about our registered charity please go to The Happy Africa Foundation
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