Transparency is very important to us. It is an important tool to prove what our intentions really are. Are we a company that focuses on maximizing profit? Or are we an organisation that does care for other people in need. Our transparency helps you to place us into a category – profit or social justice. It helps you to decide who you are as well. Are you really intending to help others or are you just looking for a travel adventure?
To us being transparent does not only mean to show you Where Your Money Goes, but also to educate you. We want to broaden your horizon to help you make better decisions. Only if people do understand the Danger Of Voluntourism in developing countries, we can fight together the downsides of this unethical and immoral travel purpose.
Put the prices in relation to developing countries
A lot of commercial volunteering organisations offer voluntary work in developing countries for a huge price. It is hard to say whether a volunteering program is expensive or not. It depends on each person’s financial situation. Some do not have the money, some have saved the money, some are sponsored by their parents. Hence, it is not helpful to compare the price of a volunteering program to your own financial status in order to find out whether a program is expensive or not!
Therefore, to find out whether a price for a volunteering program is fair or not, you need to put the price in relation to the developing country you are travelling to. In the case of Nepal, many agencies demand more than 2,700 USD (or 2,500 EUR) for a volunteering program of 3 months. Just compare it to the economic situation of Nepal.
“Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with about one-quarter of its population living below the poverty line. Nepal is heavily dependent on remittances, which amount to as much as 29% of GDP. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, providing a livelihood for almost 70% of the population and accounting for about one-third of GDP. Industrial activity mainly involves the processing of agricultural products, including pulses, jute, sugarcane, tobacco, and grain.”
Source: CIA, The World Factbook, Nepal.
According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Nepalese average gross national income per person per year is just 730 USD (in 2015).
If you have to pay more than 2,700 USD to volunteer in Nepal for three months, you can decide yourself whether this price is fair or not.
Nevertheless, you should also put the gross national income in relation of Nepal’s demography. The huge majority of the about 29 million Nepalese people live in rural areas. The income over there is marginal. People in the major cities of Nepal usually earn far more than the average income. A cashier at the supermarket earns approximately 700 USD per year. An average school teacher earns approximately 1,400 USD per year. A financial director of a well-known college earns approximately 8,000 USD per year.
Our transparency displays our fair prices
In comparison to many commercial volunteering agencies, we are proud of our transparency.
We are happy to show you Where Exactly Your Money Goes.
Of course, volunteering with us will be far cheaper than with other organisations. Mainly because Volunteering With Us Is Free, you only have to pay for your food and accommodation at our place.
In our case, volunteering for three months in Nepal will cost you just 950 USD. We know that it is still more than the average yearly income of a Nepalese. But providing you food and accommodation in Kathmandu is not as cheap as it seems. Our calculation is very tide and we consider our costs very fair for the service we offer. Find out Where Your Money Goes.
We do not want to enrich ourselves through your willingness to help. Especially, we do not want to enrich ourselves on the back of the poorest in our society. Most of the price that you pay, will be used for your lodging and your meals. Part of it will also be put into an aid fund that we will use to conduct Our Own Social Projects. We will always remain a non-profit organisation aiming to lift Nepalese people in need.