Program Fees

Add $245 for each additional week.
1. Healthcare in Ghana has an extra fee of US$100 per placement for supervision, materials and logistics.
2. Orphanage in Ghana has a mandatory donation of US$50 per placement.
3. National Parks in Ghana has an extra fee of US$450 per placement for supervision, materials and logistics.
4. Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica has an extra fee of US$450 per placement for logistics.


Program Fees – What’s Included

  • Volunteer placement
  • Pre-arrival information and support
  • Dormitory accommodation (group living in the volunteer house)
  • 2 meals daily (breakfast and dinner)
  • 3-day in-country orientation and debriefing
  • Daily local staff supervision
  • Social activities
  • Media documentation
  • Letter of completion

What’s Not Included in Fees


AIRPORT PICK-UP: Airport pickup is not included in our program fees. However, our program locations are easily accessible via public transportation. Having volunteers take care of their own arrival enables us to offer a lower program fee. Our pre-arrival documentation will outline in detail how to arrive at the pickup point in town.

Alternatively we can pick you up at the airport for US $75.

AIRPORT DROP-OFF: At the end of your program, you will also be able to use public transport to return to the airport. Your coordinators can also arrange a local taxi service to drop you off, if you’d like. The cost for the bus is around $10 or $75 for the taxi service.

FLIGHTS: It is your responsibility to purchase a round-trip flight to your program destination. The cost of the ticket will depend on where you live and where you purchase the ticket. There are many websites that offer great deals on flights — we,

VISAS: Costa Rica and Thailand have a visa upon entry arrangement with most countries, meaning you do not need to secure a visa in advance. However, you will need to apply for a tourist visa before arriving in Ghana. Depending on where you live, the cost of a visa for Ghana is between $75-$150. For more information, visit the Costa Rica Embassy, The Ghana High Commission or the Thailand Embassy in your country.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: It is mandatory for all uVolunteer participants to purchase travel insurance. Your policy should cover you for situations such as medical emergencies, travel disruptions, damaged or lost luggage, and loss of expensive items such as smartphones, laptops and cameras. The cost of your policy will depend of the duration of your trip and what’s covered. You should budget $45 – $95 for travel insurance.

TRANSPORTATION: Traveling to your work placement is an important part of your placement. Depending on the project, some participants will walk to work and others might have to take the local bus. Please budget $2 daily for transportation to your placement.

LUNCHES & WEEKEND MEALS: Some projects may provide lunch for volunteers, but most don’t. Volunteers should use lunch times as an opportunity to try the local cuisine. Participants may also use the kitchen at the dorms to prepare their own meals. Please budget $2 daily for lunches. Meals are not provided on weekends, as most volunteers use this time to travel. However, we will provide dinner on the Friday you arrive, as well as breakfast and lunch during orientation on Saturday. 

WEEKENDS: All our programs have a long weekend for volunteers to travel and explore their program destinations. During this time, you will be responsible for all your travel expenses. We recommend a budget of $200 for Costa Rica, $100 Ghana and $100 Thailand for your weekends. Because of orientation, you will not be able to travel during your first weekend.

PERSONAL EXPENSES: For personal expenses, budget a minimum of $40 weekly for Costa Rica and $20 for Ghana and Thailand. It’s possible to spend much more depending on your social activities and habits.

Breakdown of Fees

Remember that you are not paying to volunteer abroad. Rather, you are paying a fee for us to arrange your volunteer placement and provide accommodation, meals and local staff support for you.

Our program fee for this service is $35 per day. And we break it down as:

Accommodation & Meals:  $25 daily
Program Coordination:  $10 daily

Program coordination covers support from uVolunteer, administrative costs, project inspection, communication, program orientation, daily supervision, our very own local staff in each country, and 24/7 support.

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