Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there a registration fee?
In Volunteer Abroad GT, we look forward to the sustainability of each of the projects that we run. Our aim is to provide these programs with financial and technical support to help them grow and succeed in the long-term. Probably, you’re asking yourself what happens to the $249 that you pay to join our Program’s Network; well, let us explain. With this payment, we make sure that the projects receive their donation in order to buy materials that will help them grow and help a greater portion of the community, we also make sure that each of the projects is using their resources accordingly to their mission. This Membership fee that you’re paying, helps us to create and manage projects in different areas, as well as to strengthen the organizations that belong to the Volunteer Abroad GT network to improve the lives of those in most need. To make it even better, we make sure to give constant support and follow up to each program to make sure that your efforts when volunteering remains and are making an impact in the long run. With this membership, you’ll be automatically subscribed to our monthly newsletter to keep track of the improvements of each of the programs you helped.
What extra costs are involved?
In addition to the Registration Fee and Program Fee volunteers must arrange their own flights to and from the destination. As well as any visa requirements and travel insurance. It is important to also consider budgeting for spending money. Some volunteers manage to get by without spending much while others can spend $15-30 per day on extras, including socializing with other volunteers, buying snacks and souvenirs, eating at cafes or restaurants, transport and weekend travel, etc. Ultimately it depends on the person, but I would probably suggest budgeting $20- 25 per day for personal expenses.
What are the requirements to volunteer abroad?
VAGT's only requirements are fluency in English, a clean criminal background, and a willingness to learn. Please note that for our Medical and Healthcare projects, volunteers must be qualified or training in a relevant medical field and documentation to confirm this must be presented upon arrival.
Can people under the age of 18 volunteer with VAGT?
Yes, volunteers between the ages of 16-18 years old can travel and volunteer alone on select VAGT programs with parental/guardian consent.
Can I make changes to my application if I change my mind?
Yes, you can contact us and make changes to your application before or after registering. You can always change without any fees to make the change.
Why are you paying to do volunteer work?
It is important to understand you are paying for housing and food; you’re employing the in-country team that supports you 24/7 during your program and most important; you are helping the project where you will be volunteering.
Why are VAGT fees so much more affordable?
We maintain the best service standards. We do so by investing in our community so that volunteers can enjoy a first class experience provided by the locals. We maintain the best service standards. No middle man you can see proof of it by paying directly to the family
Is travel insurance included in the Program Fee?
At this moment VAGT does not offer travel insurance, we recommend you to purchase a travel insurance prior to your arrival.
Do I need to be able to speak the local language?
For the most part, volunteers are generally only required to speak English to participate on a VAGT program. On the Healthcare and Medical programs volunteers are required to speak varying levels of Spanish.
What are the accommodation and meals like?
Home-stays are all with approved host families who have been hosting volunteers for over 15 years. Home-stays include a shared room and a shared bath. Private rooms with private bathrooms are available for an additional charge. You are free to come and go as you please. We always ask you to be respectful of the house rules. All Home-stays include WiFi and can accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have.
Home-stays include breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Weekends are free for making your own culinary explorations and adventure to beautiful places around or outside Antigua.
Will I get a reference letter or certificate after completing my volunteer program?
We will provide you with a letter of reference as well as an international Certificate of Volunteering after completing your VAGT program, which reflects the date and duration of your volunteer program. This certificate can be a valuable addition to your resume as many employers recognize that volunteer travel is beneficial for personal and professional development, as well as cross cultural competence.