Short Term Volunteer Programme Costs

ACVE works hard to keep our fees as reasonable as possible for our volunteers, while maintaining our personalised service and programme quality. Our fees reflect the high level of care and support we put into our relationships with our partners and host projects overseas, as well as the level of support we offer our volunteers at all times through their volunteer exchange year.

ACVE is a registered Charitable Trust with the New Zealand Charities Commission. As such, we are subject to a rigorous financial reporting procedure and strive at all times to run the programme in an ethical, transparent, responsible and sustainable manner.
Our fee structure depends on the programme, country, and the length of time you wish to spend volunteering.

Departure dates for our short term programmes (4 to 16 weeks) are on-going and also depend upon which country you are travelling to.
All fees are in New Zealand dollars.

Our NEW prices are LOWER than ever before!
Our starting 4-week base rate is CHEAPER than other programs that only run for 2 weeks! Why? Cos we're an honest not-for-profit, PLUS we know how important it is for Kiwis and Aussies to help out around the globe - and we want you involved! What are you waiting for? Get in touch NOW!

4 Week Base Rate
Extra Week Rate
Argentina $1,792 $220
Austria $1,920 $180
Bolivia $1,840 $220
Brazil $1,792 $228
Colombia $1,792 $220
Ecuador $1,792 $204
Ghana $1,840 $180
Honduras $1,792 $204
India $1,760 $180
Indonesia $1,760 $180
Italy $2,000 $260
Kenya $1,840 $196
Mexico $1,792 $204
Morocco $1,760 $180
Mozambique $1,760 $180
Nepal $1,760 $180
Nigeria $1,760 $180
Peru $1,792 $204
Philippines $1,760 $180
Russia $1,840 $260
South Africa
$1,920 $220
Spain $1,840 $220
Tanzania $1,760 $180
Togo $2,000 $220
Uganda $1,840 $180
Vietnam $1,840 $220

A $500 deposit is requested upon acceptance into our outgoing international volunteer team.

This deposit ensures your placement within the team to the country of your choice. Places are limited each year due to visa restrictions and the capacity of the projects to host volunteers.

Deadlines for applications

  • At least 8 weeks prior to your departure

Don’t forget, your programme fee includes the following:

  • Extensive pre-departure preparation with ACVE
  • Board and lodging in your host country (host family or shared residence at the project)
  • Travel in-country via bus/train/plane (depending upon project location)
  • Emergency medical insurance
  • In-country orientation, language training, cultural excursions (varies by country)
  • On-going 24/7 support and supervision in-country
  • Introduction to your host project and host family

It is important to remember that programme fees do not include:

  • Visa processing charges (volunteers are responsible for acquiring the necessary visa). However, ACVE will happily assist you with this wherever possible.
  • Return international airfare (volunteers are responsible for co-ordinating travel itineraries with the relevant start dates).
  • Any required vaccinations or immunization

Application process

  1. Choose your country
  2. Choose the length of your international volunteer programme (4 to 16 weeks)
  3. Contact ACVE to receive an application pack
  4. Once we have received your application we will invite you for an interview, either at the ACVE office of via SKYPE. We always encourage our volunteers to come and see us at the ACVE office. We can show you round and you can get a feel for the organisation and meet our friendly staff. Friends and parents are also welcome to come along.
  5. Upon completion of a successful interview, you will receive an offer of place and contract to sign. This is when the $500 deposit would be payable. We work with each volunteer to agree a suitable payment plan, with the fee paid in full 8 weeks prior to departure.

ACVE offer advice and ideas about the best way to fundraise for your international volunteer exchange. The best piece of advice we can offer is to get started early, don’t be daunted and focus on the amazing experience you will have overseas. It truly is a life-changing experience in so many ways.

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